I Don’t Have Much Faith

By Edward Thal / I don’t have much faith. Not if we’re talking about the kind of faith that squinches its eyes, holds thumbs, takes a deep breath, empties the mind and waits for results.  Mark Twain described this faith as “believing what you know ain’t so.” Some call it “blind faith” and I’m not very good at doing that. …

Our National Character

by Edward Thal / For the past 100 years America has been the world’s dominant military power. Twice it has emerged from devastating world wars in a position of undisputed strength. In numerous regional wars the only question ever in doubt has been the political resolve of its leaders, never the unmatched superiority of its weaponry or the fighting skill …

What if God is Not Enough for You?

By Edward Thal / You appoint yourself in His place! After years of assigning God to the margins of society an impulse to self-deification seems to be the response of increasing numbers of our fellow citizens who have established a new home-grown religion complete with priests (the all-wise, all-knowing, talking heads on television), and politician-pastors, and fervent acolytes promoting dogmatic …

No. You Can’t Have It Your Way.

By Edward Thal People who scarcely give God a second thought as they sleepwalk through life are quick to blame God when they suffer unexpected personal loss. Traumatic circumstances drive away the fog of self-absorption and demand immediate answers. “Why is this happening to me?” “What have I done to deserve this?” “Why is God so cruel and uncaring?” The …

He Went About Doing Good

By Edward Thal / In a dark and corrupt world the concept of excellence endures in its purest form in the sports arena where individuals and groups meet in open competition that produces winners and losers. Here the Olympic Games still represents the pinnacle of achievement, crowning athletes who excel over their peers in grueling contests governed by uncompromising rules …

The Humanist’s Creed

By Edward Thal / People who turn their backs on God may label themselves as atheists or humanists or progressives and seek comfort in belief structures that fit their personal views on life. But subjective ordering of reality is incoherent and becomes unsustainable when inconvenient  facts of life intrude. The following satire is an adaptation of comments on human-centered thought …