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 →

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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