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God Gets a Makeover — a short story

October 22, 2017

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I was a stranger and you did not invite me in . . . — Matthew 25:43 “Have you met Jesus?” “Beg pardon?” “Have you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior?” “Um … it’s on my to-do list.” “I’m serious. There’s still time, you know.” “Until…?” “Until you’re judged.” “By…?” “By God. If you […]

The Scientists’ Superstition

June 25, 2015

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Mind and matter alike, I should say, are only convenient symbols in discourse, not actually existing things. — Bertrand Russell (Let’s take a jump down the rabbit hole. I promise I’ll have you back on the surface in just a few minutes. Until then, enjoy a short intellectual adventure.) Years ago, a magazine printed a […]

Does It Matter to God?

October 16, 2014

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There’s a belief, widespread among the devout, that God will punish you if you don’t worship Him. This theme recurs in major religions: • Christianity: Worship God through Jesus or spend eternity skewered on a spit in Hell • Judaism: You’re the Chosen, but if you disregard God’s commands, there’s big trouble ahead • Islam: […]

Air Conditioner in Hell — a short story

February 10, 2013

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I just read that the sun could, in theory, explode at any moment. That does it! I’m buying a smoke detector. — Steve Martin Most religions promise an afterlife in Hell if you don’t behave. Or, to be more precise, most people believe in religions that make that threat. I’m agnostic, but the sheer size […]

Back in the Game – a short story

October 3, 2011

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He was standing in a line. The line curved off into the distance. He couldn’t see the other end of it. But there were a lot of people in line. They faced away from him. He turned around. Nobody. He must be at the end of the line. It was vaguely dark here. Was it […]