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Human Faces And Human Nonsense

Human Faces And Human Nonsense

Christianity, Essay, Mythology, Religion, Science, Skeptic, spiritual practice, Spirituality
Skepticism is the chastity of the intellect, and it is shameful to surrender it too soon or to the first comer: there is nobility in preserving it coolly and proudly through long youth, until at last, in the ripeness of instinct and discretion, it can be safely exchanged for fidelity and happiness. -- George Santayana This morning and afternoon (9 March), I was watching the National Geographic Channel's back-to-back reprise of Carl Sagan's venerable 1980 series Cosmos, being re-broadcast in preparation for Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson's updated version, scheduled to start tonight.  The 1980-vintage Cosmos is as mesmerizing now as it was 34 years ago. But it set me to wondering:  why is it that, despite the deluge of books in the last generation or so explaining even subjects as abstruse as s
Thoughtful Thursday: Vocation — A Calling Without a Caller

Thoughtful Thursday: Vocation — A Calling Without a Caller

Essay, Jim Cowles, Skeptic
This is our second post from our resident skeptic, James (Jim) Cowles. Jim has an eclectic background (read his bio at the end) to say the least and will be our spiritual skeptic (he is an atheist). Keeping us honest in our wonderings about all things divine and challenging our thinking. Here is an invitation to think about what is our responsibility on this Thoughtful Thursday. A reminder about what Thoughtful Thursday is: Theos – God, Logos – Words. So, literally, theos-logos, theology, is words about God. These are some of my favorite thoughts! I ask myself what is my relationship to the Divine? What is the Divine’s relationship to others? Other people? Other things? Other components of the world? Other components of the cosmos? How can we stretch our thoughts to be more, simply more