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Not a Prayer

Like used car salesmen, political consultants are despised as kind of the scum of the earth – but they’re necessary. Someone has to move the product – the deathtrap of a car or the politician who’s a bit of a … Continue reading

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Obama’s Faith

There are those of us who wouldn’t mind having an enlightened Buddhist president – there’d be no God Talk. Those folks don’t talk about any god – they just talk about the elimination of ignorance and of our incessant craving … Continue reading

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The Perils of Rigorous Skepticism

Like any good eighteenth century Englishman, the poet William Blake (1757-1827) didn’t like the French. It was their rigorous skepticism that often veered into ridicule and mockery – and he thought the Enlightenment was a big mistake. They started that, … Continue reading

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The Persistence of Buffoonery

A good friend – a high-powered attorney who is the leading expert on some rather arcane details of securities law, who spends his time shuttling between Wall Street, where the players are, and Washington, where the regulators are (and the … Continue reading

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The Disputed Revealed Truth

“I bet you’ve seen the fundamentalist bumper sticker that says, ‘God said it! I believe it! That settles it!’ That must be a typo because what the driver really means is, ‘I said it! God believes it! That settles it!’” … Continue reading

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Cosmic Indifference

No one remembers the British humorist Jerome K. Jerome – few remember anyone who died in 1927, when dinosaurs roamed the earth – and he was a minor figure anyway. Oscar Wilde was a tough act to follow. No one … Continue reading

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Revisionism Revisited

Even those of us who find religion a curious phenomenon – one that seems to drive history, but when it is not absurd is not particularly interesting, and also not particularly enlightening – see how things are playing out in … Continue reading

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