Category Archives: Secular to Nonsecular

The Lost Sapling

Several years ago, I saw a beautiful Umbrella Magnolia tree, and purchased a two-foot sapling to plant in my yard. The spot that I chose had weed saplings all about, but I neglected to mark mine. In the spring I went looking for it and found access to the area awkward. Still I walked in and searched for some revealing leaf. It was too early.

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Sharia Compliant Finance

Long before the founding of Islam, the charging of interest on loans had been broadly forbidden. Early encounters with interest bearing loans had often led to impoverishment and in response community by community condemned the instrument. Beginning with England under Henry VIII, many non-Islāmic countries began recognizing the value brought to the borrower in a loan’s temporal empowerment.

Countries with Sharia rule.

Sharian Rule by Degree

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Evolution: Back to Eden

English: "Adam & Eve"

I just viewed Nova’s special on the confrontation between Evolution and those in Dover, Pennsylvania who feel disenfranchised by that theory’s preeminence. It is unfortunate that many who trust their religious experience have turned to the reconciliation Intelligent Design. I will address some issues raised in that show, but my main interest is in redirecting you towards my earlier article,  Evolution, as basis for mutual understanding.

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Charles Darwin (1809-1882) at age 7. The paint...

About fifty years ago I read what must have been a young adult’s version of The Voyage of the Beagle. Along with Charles Darwin himself, many have drawn inferences from the basic premise that in the process of life generating itself, there are variations along with a tendency for survival among those whose acquired variants are, in hindsight, referred to as best adapted to their environment.

In the now that was his time, the lad, portrayed here, was about to enrich, confuse or do worse to mankind. This, his portrait, could have, but didn’t simply disappear into some attic.

Without claims of novelty or obscurity, I now add to those conclusions my own.

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Marriage at the Crossroads

We Americans are a diverse people. Some find it is inconceivable that a man or woman be allowed to marry a member of his or her own gender, while others cannot fathom the taking upon oneself of such allowing or disallowing. Clearly we are guided by different notions of what marriage is and thus of love itself.

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