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Watch Your Language, For God’s Sake!

Watch Your Language, For God’s Sake!

What do we mean, exactly, when we say that something must be done (or undone), or thought about (or dismissed) for God’s sake?  Or when we say that universal exclamation “Oh my God!” (OMG!) And how does it come about that people like me learned to say “for cryin’ out loud” as a somehow cleaner if even less comprehensible alternative to “for God’s sake” – usually clipped bare to fergawdsake. Or, how about with Jesus perhaps vaguely in mind, ferchrissakes?  Read More
Ridvan – The Holiest Day for the Baha’is

Ridvan – The Holiest Day for the Baha’is

Today at sunset the Baha’i Festival of Ridvan begins. Baha’is all over the world celebrate those festive, joyous holidays between April 21st and May 2nd every year.  This great celebration forms the holiest and happiest days of the Baha’i year. The Ridvan Festival commemorates the anniversary of the garden sojourn where Baha’u’llah declared his mission and inaugurated the Baha’i Faith.  It happened outside Baghdad during the twelve days before his banishment to Istanbul (then called Constantinople) in 1863.  Ten years Read More
Beauty, Faith and the Environment

Beauty, Faith and the Environment

This is Part 1 of This Earth:  A Garden of Paradise : My wife and I and two good friends took a walk this past weekend through a stunning flower-filled mountainside in the Sierra foothills of Northern California. A spiritual community called Ananda has taken years to plant terraced gardens there, and you should see the result – a gorgeous, fragrant, light-filled paradise. My wife Teresa said “Could heaven be more beautiful than this?” Called the Crystal Hermitage (www.crystalhermitage.org), the gardens Read More
Speeding Through the Immensity of Space

Speeding Through the Immensity of Space

This is Part 23 of Unearthing the Hidden Words : O SON OF MAN! Wert thou to speed through the immensity of space and traverse the expanse of heaven, yet thou wouldst find no rest save in submission to Our command and humbleness before Our Face. – Baha’u'llah, The Hidden Words, p. 13. Our vast universe holds so many mysteries. Last week my wife and I watched a wonderful film called Einstein and Eddington, about the partnership between the great German scientist Read More
Existentialism and the Argument of the Righteous

Existentialism and the Argument of the Righteous

This is Part 13 of How Do We Know God Exists? : You’ve probably heard of existentialism, that popular school of western philosophy – but do you know where it came from? The first philosopher to state existentialism’s main thesis – that existence precedes essence – was a 15th Century Islamic scholar named Mulla Sadra. Many people in the West are unfamiliar with the great Islamic philosophical tradition – typically it isn’t covered in our history books or taught in our schools.  Read More
Don't Fear the Reaper

Don’t Fear the Reaper

This is Part 2 of The Devil His Due : [In the first installment of “The Devil His Due”, Bert Wells receives yet another reject slip for his socially conscious prose and is counseled by an agent (not for the first time) to give the reading public what it wants—cyber-shock. He is, in the immortal words of Blue Oyster Cult, in “the nexus of a crisis”.] If anything is to be done, let a man do it; let him attack it vigorously! Read More

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