Category Archives: Atheism

What About the Jews?

What About the Jews? Over yesterday and today has hung the heavy cloud of the shooting in the Pittsburgh synagogue. The feelings that settled over me immediately were desolation and isolation.  Plus a welling up of the fright and sense … Continue reading

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Competitive Friendships

Competitive Friendships When, as a young woman, I returned from a year in Paris with an affair to conceal (because that’s what you did about that sort of thing in those days) my women friends from high school and college … Continue reading

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Admiration

Admiration In the prison of his days Teach the free man how to praise. Despite W. H. Auden, and his poem, In Memory of W. B. Yeats, we live in a time whose typical mood is suspicion.  It’s almost the … Continue reading

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What’s Your Evidence?

What’s Your Evidence? In the claims and counter-claims of real life, what is to count as evidence? Recently, I had occasion to try to defend myself to a third party, against the damaging claims of a person who had been … Continue reading

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Are People Really Good at Heart?

Are People Really Good at Heart?  “In spite of everything,  I still believe that people are really good at heart.” These words — set down as a belief, not a question — are among the last lines in the diary … Continue reading

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Beatrice in Modern Gear

Beatrice in Modern Gear “Thou “who, to bring my soul to Paradise,  Didst leave the imprint of thy steps in hell …” So wrote Dante of Beatrice at the end of his Divine Comedy.  “The eternal feminine leads us above.” … Continue reading

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Delusions of Intellection

Delusions of Intellection  “People live and die by ideas!”  “You are what you think – much more than what you eat!” With encouraging words like these, I would try to persuade students in an intro course to see the study … Continue reading

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