A Reluctant Believer

Many claim that they would believe in God, if only they could. The desire for belief, and the corresponding comfort the knowledge of God's presence provides, seems to be remarkably commonplace. But there are always contrarians, and I am usually … [Read more...]

Strange Pairing

Regular postings here should begin again shortly. In the meantime, readers, I leave you this... Strange Pairing I sing of love and death... or rather, both. The pair are twins - so different, yet the same. One is the end of everything we … [Read more...]

The Problem of a Visible God

I ended my last post with a barely developed thought, without delving into necessary explanation: "Indeed, in an age where television and mass communication are evident, heavenly pyrotechnics would be revealing His hand far too clearly; belief … [Read more...]

So Why Do You Believe?

A couple of my acquaintances have renounced Catholicism for agnosticism recently. They were visibly dissatisfied with the answers they received when they asked pointed questions about God's existence. I can't say I'm surprised, since I frequent … [Read more...]

Return of the Recluse

Hello again, readers. For nearly 2 months, you have been spared the ravings of a notorious writer. Well, fear not for your lack of sanity: the recluse has returned. I won't post as much as I did in the old days, but there are still quite a … [Read more...]

The Honest Skepticism of George Orwell

"Do you believe in God, Winston?" "No." "Then what is it, this principle that will defeat us?" "I don't know. The spirit of Man." "And do you consider yourself a man?" "Yes." "If you are a man, Winston, you are the last man. Your … [Read more...]

A Very Short Discourse on the Glories of Bacon

It is told by sages how the men of old once set fires to their own houses in order to roast the tender flesh of the pig. Thus by fire and trial was born the manliest of meats – bacon. What other foodstuff has so dear a beginning? Bacon is … [Read more...]

Dark Rainbow

Editor's Note: This is the second part of a trilogy. For background on this story, first read Power Spike, the first story in this series. Northern Virginia was usually a pleasant place, but the southern suburbs of D.C. were particularly … [Read more...]

Society and the Soul

Editor's Note: The author referenced Plato's famous chariot analogy, but told a different version of the chariot allegory than Plato used. In the original version, the charioteer of the soul drives two horses - one representing reason, the other … [Read more...]

Hobby Lobby and the Magic Pill

Editors Note: I wrote this piece when the Hobby Lobby decision came out, but deliberately waited before posting it. For there was a small chance that a backlash to the decision might induce a law or an executive mandate countering it, and it is … [Read more...]