When Absurdity Becomes the Norm
Tertullian (Quintus Septimus Florens Tertullianus, c. 155 AD–c. 225 AD) was a quipster who might have enjoyed a Henny Youngman–type success had he been born about eighteen centuries later. The Henny Youngman of more recent fame became the king of one-liners: he concentrated on human incongruences for the sake of human humor. On the contrary, …
The Suffocation of American Compassion
The rise of the GOP and the decline of compassion go hand-in-glove. This dreadful phenomenon affects not only the old, sick, and struggling of our own nation but also rejects all hope for desperate people in many war-afflicted nations as they struggle to survive, eat, drink, and escape catastrophic carnage. To have witnessed this increasingly …
Through My Own Looking Glass
I’ve forsaken religious certainty—but not without being wistful about it.
Francis: A Pope Atheists, Agnostics, and Freethinkers Can Believe In
“My experience as a priest impressed me with the sad reality that many parishioners were motivated only by hope of eventual bliss or by fear of an endless hell.”