Category Archives: Beliefs

Submitting to Those Claiming to Speak for God…

September 8, 2016 Among my regular reading is the blog Marginal Revolution that Tyler Cowen (Professor of Economics at George Mason University) writes with Alex Tabarrok.  Cowen often sees things differently than I do, but in a serious, interesting and … Continue reading

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I’m With Stupid

August 7, 2016     Message delivered at Durham Friends Meeting You’d think that someone standing up to bring a message would talk about something he knew. Wouldn’t you? That would be reasonable. But this morning I want to talk … Continue reading

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Not a Calvinist, If I Ever Was

July 11, 2016 On the Writer’s Almanac yesterday (July 10), Garrison Keillor noted the birthday of John Calvin, “theologian and ecclesiastical statesman.” I first knew Calvin as the founder of Presbyterianism, my earliest religious experience coming thorough Brighton Presbyterian Church … Continue reading

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What’s Wrong With “Christian Fiction”

April 14, 2016 Walking the shelves of my local library, I was surprised to find a label on a book that said “Christian Fiction.” It was just above the regular label that makes books findable in  the stacks. Topsham Public Library puts … Continue reading

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The Gist of Quakerism

April 13, 2016 Chuck Fager has been running a series of Quaker FAQs to provide an introduction to Quakerism.  Of course he knows people disagree about such matters, but Chuck has a gift for plain speaking and he thinks his … Continue reading

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Sources of Authority in the Present

November 2, 2015 “Welcome to the battlefield,” writes Ross Douthat in the New York Times yesterday. That sentence concludes a piece in which he responds to a letter sent to the Times by a sizable group of Catholic scholars, and … Continue reading

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Character — Is It There? Is It Real?

September 1, 2015 This summer I’ve been reading Richard Ford’s Frank Bascombe trilogy: The Sportswriter (1986), Independence Day (1995), The Lay of the Land (2006), and now four short stories about Bascombe in Let Me Be Frank With You (2014).  … Continue reading

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