A Week In The Life Of A Father

If you read my Welcome page, you know that I used to do an online marketing newsletter. You also know that I have three children: a daughter and two sons. What you may not know unless you are familiar with my old marketing articles is that my older son Ian, who was born in 1995, was diagnosed with severe autism when he was two. A number of years ago I wrote an article called Guerrilla Faith that talks about Ian and what he means to me. I’ll wait while you read it.

Autism, especially in children, includes a variety of disorders, including, in Ian’s case, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and Attention Deficit nDisorder (ADD). That means that Ian can and does obsess on one thing or another but in other areas his attention span is very short, so much so that he seems hyperactive. If you like reading sciencee fiction novels and want some real insight into OCD, I highly recommend the third volume of Orson Scott Card‘s Ender series, Xenocide. In Ender”s universe there is an entire planet of people with OCD. Continue reading A Week In The Life Of A Father

Power To The [Indigenous] People

In case you have not figured this out from some of my comments, becuase of my objections to any religion’s claim of exclusive access to the truth, to God, or to salvation, I do not like attempts at converting “poor benighted pagan bastards” – as whte colonialist have often referred to the indigenous people that lived in their colonies. I include the Native Americans (“Indians”), the Australian Aborigines, the Maori of New Zealand, and the various ethic groups on the African continent that were subject to European colonial rule in the last 400 years.

In each of these cases, the white colonists felt it their Christian duty to convert these “heathen savages” to the civilizing influence of Christianity. Read that as dripping with sarcarsm as possible! Since, the indigenous people tended to resist this Christianization, the colonists often resorted to more stricent measures, sometimes even if the natives\ did convert. These more stricent meansures included slavery, reservations, and genocide. All the while these colonists went around trumpeting what good Christians they were. Such hypocrisy and arrogance! Continue reading Power To The [Indigenous] People

A Voice Crying In The Wilderness

My legal first name is not John. What my real first name is not\r\nimportant unless you are with the government ot my bank. Those are the only two places I use my legal name. I’ve been John so long I don’t even answer to my legal first name anymore. What I want to talk about here is how I bcame John and why I’ve used that name for almost forty\r\nyears now.

When I was in third grade, my family moved from one suburb of Philadelphia to another suburb. That meant a change in schools. In my old school people used my full first name – a Germanic name – not a shortened version of it. No one teased me about my name or my accent or because I was an immigrant. Continue reading A Voice Crying In The Wilderness

What Am I Trying To Do Here?

I have been crystallizing my thinking on what I want to achieve with this blog. So I have decided for purely political :)) reasons to put those ideas into a new post rather than into a comment. I am also going to explain in a second post today a little about the family situation that is causing some problems with how much time I can devote to my writing.

So what AM I trying to accomplish here? Continue reading What Am I Trying To Do Here?

Is It The Lost Tomb of Jesus? Do We REALLY Want to Know?

Simcha Jacobovici, an investigative journalist and filmmaker, recently did a documentary and companion book on The Lost Tomb of Jesus. That’s the name of the two hour documentary; the book is title The Family Tomb of Jesus. I have seen the documentary, but have not read the book as of yet. I hope to soon and when I finish it, I will do a follow up to this post.

The first point I want to make is that Simcha Jacobovici is neither an archaeologist nor a theologian. His job does not> require that he provide convincing, indisputable, irrefutable evidence to prove his point or hypothesis. As a filmmaker his product needs to be appealing to our emotions and senses. That’s what good filmmakers do. Think George Lucas. Continue reading Is It The Lost Tomb of Jesus? Do We REALLY Want to Know?

What Language Does God Speak?

Christian Fundamentalists argue for a literal interpretation of the Bible. But that raises a very important question: which version of the Bible should we use? And in what language?

What language did God use when he told the Evangelists what to write? Was it the same language he used to tell Moses what to write in the first five books (the Pentateuch) of the Old\r\nTestament? Was that the same language God used to talk to David and Solomon or the Prophets? If one listens to some of the more extreme fundamentalists God speaks the English of the King James Version of the Bible. But modern editions of the King James Bible are written in modern English but in the style of the original edition. The words are not exactly the same. Continue reading What Language Does God Speak?

Religion and Politics Make Strange Bedfellows

My favorite topic of discussion is religion, followed closely by politics. Today’s post will be the start of a theme that will be present in many places on this blog. That theme is character; and we will include both a political and a religious perspective in today’s discussion.

Our starting point will be the recent announcement by Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts, that he will not seek the Democratic Party’s nomination for the 2008 Presidential election. Rather, Kerry wants to focus on bringing American troops home from Iraq as quickly as possible. I applaud that decision and the reason for it! Continue reading Religion and Politics Make Strange Bedfellows