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The Puritans: the Seed of America’s Obscurantism

“As children we learned that the Puritans were interested in religious freedom and they certainly were. Another way of looking at them, however, with the history I’ve chronicled, is as the most extreme faction of an extreme faction of an … Continue reading

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Are we all existentialists?

“The tension between (is and ought) is felt much less clearly in real life than at the conceptual level at which most philosophers like to dwell. They feel that we can not reason ourselves from one level to the other, … Continue reading

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Happy Twentieth: Pale Blue Dot

This month, the Menoeceus Blog published an entry on Epicurean Extremes, and I published the piece “For the ARE Gods …” about Epicurean theology, finished a blog series in celebration of the Epicurean poet Horace, had the great pleasure of reading a book by … Continue reading

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Horace: Miscellaneous Quotes

When we consider our own faults, we accidentally blind our eyes with a smear of ointment, but viewing our friends’ we’re as keen-eyed as eagles Justice was created out of the fear of injustice. Nature doesn’t, can’t, distinguish between right … Continue reading

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Review of The 100

I do not usually write pop culture reviews, but the post-apocalyptic sci-fi series The 100 is so well written, and so full of intriguing plot-twists and solid characters, that it deserves its own place in my blog. The story starts … Continue reading

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RJB VIII: A Humanist Commentary on the Passion Narrative

Render Unto Caesar … Curiously, one of the most frequently cited secular proverbs comes to us from the Gospel, and from the lips of Jesus of Nazareth himself: Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s, and render unto God what is God’s. Jesus believed in the … Continue reading

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Counted number of pulses only is given to us of a variegated, dramatic life. How may we see in them all that is to seen in them by the finest senses? How shall we pass most swiftly from point to … Continue reading

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