The day I saw real people

There are seven billion people on this planet. We see only the tiniest fraction of them from day to day, and interact with even fewer. That was the premise of a small observational study I...

/ August 5, 2013

The Left’s moral majority, ET and social Darwinism

“The Rise of the Christian Left in America,” is a recent piece from The Atlantic. It does a good job illuminating the popular rise of the Christian Right’s “Moral Majority” in the latter decades of...

/ August 2, 2013

30 to 1 does not a democracy make

According to the Democracy Index, a project run by the Economist Intelligence Unit, there were nearly 1500 protests in Egypt in July. In the anticipation and aftermath of the removal of former president Mohammed Morsi,...

/ August 1, 2013

What Americans should know about Iran’s new president

Iran’s new president-elect, Hassan Rouhani, won a landslide victory in June, collecting more than fifty percent of the vote, more than three times that of the runner-up. He’ll be officially sworn in this weekend. The...

/ August 1, 2013

Live a life of gratitude, but don’t forget about duty

My perception of the Christian community today is that we are largely imperative driven. We major on the ‘ought to’ and ‘how to’ with little regard for that which makes us ‘want to.’ But the...

/ July 31, 2013

Dancing lessons from Pope Francis

On Monday, on a flight from Rio de Janeiro back to Rome, Pope Francis talked with reporters for over an hour. At one point, he was asked about the “gay lobby” in the Vatican and...

/ July 30, 2013

All the science fiction I read was wrong

Everyone knows the basic premise. There’s a problem in the universe and The Big Bad Government is at the heart of it. Star Wars has the sith-ruled Galactic Empire, 1984 has the mind-controlling Big Brother,...

/ July 29, 2013

The importance of stupidity, singleness and Sunday school

“The importance of stupidity in scientific research,” in the Journal of Cell Science is an old article that will comfort any aspiring scientists. In fact, anyone who has ever felt lost, asked a question or...

/ July 26, 2013

Word counts and other distractions

I’ve wasted hours upon hours looking up word counts. Finally, I made a list. I want to share what I’ve found so that you won’t waste time looking yourself. Here are the numbers on highly-praised...

/ July 25, 2013

The bright side of an unchristian nation

An unchristian nation I have never subscribed to the view that the United States is a Christian nation. It isn’t now, and I submit it never was. It’s true that many of the founders were...

/ July 24, 2013