How Do We Counter Conspiracy Theories?

How Do We Counter Conspiracy Theories?

I attended meetings of the John Birch Society when I was in elementary school. I can’t remember how it happened that I was, on several evenings, in a room full of adults who watched 8mm movies and filmstrips, listened to recordings and reported on books and articles...
The Power of Monsters

The Power of Monsters

It’s early September, and one of the houses we pass on our neighborhood walk already has a ghost on their front door. They must like Halloween a lot more than we do. We have two pumpkins already, but only because the vine volunteered from our compost soil, and we let...
Living Free From Stranglehold of Fear

Living Free From Stranglehold of Fear

Fear is often a defining factor of one’s faith. If there’s anything I’ve found to be consistently true over many decades, it is this reality. Often, I quote my friend, Bill Tillman, a fine Christian ethicist, who would say to his students, “Tell me something about...
Appreciation Leads to Awe, Radical Amazement

Appreciation Leads to Awe, Radical Amazement

Albert Einstein famously proclaimed that he did not believe God played dice with the universe. As with all such pithy sayings from famous skeptics – especially ones that seem to reveal an unexpected feature of an internal landscape – a lot of people of faith have...