Underwater Thanksgiving

The headlines don't seem to offer much reason for being thankful this Thanksgiving.My home state of Arizona is second in the nation for "underwater" mortgages, according to a Wall Street Journal report. 48% of all homeowners here owe the bank more than their homes are worth. Nationally, 23% of ... Continue reading

It’s all in your head

It turns out that it's all in my head. The ringing in my ears, that is.For several years now, I've been hearing a persistent tone, 3,950 Hz to be precise, the highest B on a piano keyboard. Tinnitus is usually caused by damage to the ears from loud noises or music. Maybe I listened to Pink Floyd ... Continue reading

Beauty, power and humor

There are some blogs I check every day, because they are so consistently worth reading. Let me pass on some recommendations.All Things 2 All by Catez Stevens of New Zealand is always a place for God-soaked wisdom. Yesterday, Catez posted Beauty Talk, inspired by reflections about beauty by John ... Continue reading

Christmas, Inc.

Christmas is over. More than a few tiny tots threw tantrums when Santa brought a PlayStation 2 instead of an Xbox 360. Countless adults were chagrinned to receive a fondue set from that crazy aunt in Poughkeepsie . The customer service desks at Stuff-Mart™ are jammed with snarling Christians, ... Continue reading

Mystery and materialism

The idea of philosophy is mediation; Christianity's is the paradox. ... It is the duty of the human understanding to understand that there are things which it cannot understand, and what those things are. ... The paradox is not a concession but a category, an ontological definition which expresses ... Continue reading

Are we spiritual machines?

Once a computer achieves a human level of intelligence, it will necessarily soar past it. ... Will these future machines be capable of having spiritual experiences? They certainly will claim to. They will claim to be people, and to have the full range of emotional and spiritual experiences that ... Continue reading