Welcome

Welcome to my personal website. You will find material relative to my personal interests. The Links at the top of the page will take you to the subject matter specific pages.

As you page/browse through the different pages and posts on this site you will read my views and those of others that I agree with. I have and always will be a traditionalist. I believe, in our early religious and political histories, that we had it right. Then, in our arrogance as a culture and as a nation, we started screwing it up. I realize some of the postings here are available in many places but…I have the space and felt it would be nice to have them available for your reference.

I realize many of my personal posts are my own opinion but I do believe from all the years of studying that I have done, that they are at least informed opinions. I believe they are valid but I also believe that everyone has an opinion and has a right to that opinion. If you desire for me to respect yours, then I expect the same from you. You don’t have to accept or agree with, just respect, my opinion.

Political Views

If you are interested in my political views there are links to various topics. In addition, there are posts under the various Discussion Topics that you can read. All of them should give a fairly clear understanding about my views on both the National and International level.

Since Religion always seems to be at the forefront of most discussions, I have included here some of my thoughts regarding the Institution of Religion:

Religion

Religion impacts on every minute of our lives. Most times not as directly as others, but everywhere around us, we see people moving and interacting based on their religion or lack thereof. Algernon Black points out in his comment below, that while we all choose our preference of religion, they are all very similar in their basic tenets. Our society and the world, will only be able to live in peace when we begin to practice that very simple tenet, “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.”

“Why not let people differ about their answers to the great mysteries of the Universe? Let each seek one’s own way to the highest, to one’s own sense of supreme loyalty in life, one’s ideal of life. Let each philosophy, each world-view bring forth its truth and beauty to a larger perspective, that people may grow in vision, stature and dedication.

The religions of humanity should be a unifying force, for all the great religions reveal a basic unity in ethics. Whether it be Judaism, Catholicism, Protestantism, Buddhism or Confucianism, all grow out of a sense of the sacredness of human life. This moral sensitivity to the sacredness of human personality — the Commandments not to kill, not to hurt, not to put a stumbling block in the path of the blind, not to neglect the widow or the fatherless, not to exploit the servant or the worker — all this can be found in the Bibles of humanity, in all the sacred books. All teach in substance: “Do unto others as you would that others should do unto you.” There is, then, a basic unity among the great religions in the matter of ethics. True, there are religious philosophies which turn people away from the world, from the here and now, concentrating life-purposes on salvation for one’s self or a mystic union with some supernatural reality. But most of the great religions agree on mercy, justice, love — here on earth. And they agree that the great task is to move people from apathy, from an acceptance of the evils in life, to face the possibilities of the world, to make life sweet for one another instead of bitter. This is the unifying ethical task of all the religions — yes, of all the philosophies of humankind. There is no need to force our own theological points of view upon one another or to insist that the moral life grows out of final, absolute authority.” – Algernon Black

My Favorite Links on Religion…

Essays on Christianity and Salvation…

My Statement of Faith