Selfie and Self

Introduction This is the second of two essays on Daniel Boorstin’s The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America, first published over a half-century ago, in 1962. The first piece, published last month, explained the pseudo-event concept and pointed to its ongoing relevance in a world where Boorstin’s observations have proved prescient. This second article... Continue Reading →

Planetary Crisis: Two Fundamental Assumptions

The legitimacy of the recently published book, Abdication: God Steps Down for Good rests entirely upon acceptance of two premises. The first asserts that our age is one of immediate planetary crisis due to pollution and climate change, and the threat of nuclear war in the not distant future. The Doomsday Clock is used to measure... Continue Reading →

Preface to Abdication: God Steps Down for Good

A week ago in this blog the publication of  Abdication: God Steps Down for Good was announced, accompanied by the book description that appears on its cover.  I am today  posting the Preface to the book. It provides a fuller summary of the book, its spirit, and some thoughts on the experience of writing it.  I should note that the... Continue Reading →

Abdication: God Steps Down for Good – Provocative New Book

As readers know, I have left this Blog fallow for quite some time while I worked on a book. I am happy to say that the book is completed. It has just been published bf Friesen Press of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The book is entitled: Abdication God Steps Down for Good The book is available... Continue Reading →

Torture Redux

Cullen Murphy's article, Torturer's Apprentice, (The Atlantic, January/February 2012, pp. 72-77) is an exquisitely researched mind popper, and a must read. It turns out that official records of the Inquisition's chief torturers in the 14th century are sufficiently detailed and abundant as to allow a comparison of types and theories of torture between inquisitors then... Continue Reading →

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