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Friday, May 17, 2024

Bruce Meyer

Bruce Meyer writes about the relationship between the physical universe and the pursuit of spirituality.

You have searched me and you know me

Who is the “you” in this famous passage of Psalm 139? Why, Apple computer, of course! No? Maybe it’s Google? Microsoft? OK, maybe the more appropriate question is who is “me”?

The Blonde Redheads and losing our humanity

Without sounding a note, the Blonde Redheads say something about today’s world. They are an American band comprised of Japanese musician Kazu Makino and two twin Italian brothers, Simone and Amedeo Pace.

God’s problem with Professor Bart Ehrman

When Professor Bart Ehrman speaks at the Fox Theater this week, I will have a question for him. My question comes from an interview I heard on the radio program Fresh Air several years ago. I distinctly remember I was driving just outside of Ephrata in central Washington when Ehrman discussed his latest book “God’s Problem.”

Downtown Coeur d’Alene church: remodeling sacred space

First Presbyterian Church of Coeur d’Alene has been downtown since 1888. But their membership hasn’t always been growing as fast as it is today. Until last summer, the church only needed one worship service. Recently, thought, the church became so full they were forced to add a second. And now their sanctuary is getting a makeover.

An open letter to the angry fundamentalist at Bloomsday

While many good folks in the Spokane area attended their place of worship on Sunday morning, I joined the congregation at the Bloomsday run. In one sense, I count it as a religious event. I come from a Christian heritage, and there is that often repeated verse from Matthew 18:20, “For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.”

Angry at God or alienated from God?

Tragic events like the Boston Marathon bombing rip lives apart. An understandable reaction might be anger at God. In fact, this is one of the media discussion points of how the Tsarnaev brothers became radicalized. Perhaps there were disappointments. Perhaps these disappointments caused them to turn to religion.

Whose fault is the Boston Marathon bombing?

Is it only the fault of the Tsarnaev brothers, or does the wider society share in the blame? Will science be able to prevent such tragedies? And what about God? If God is in charge of reality, then couldn’t he have prevented such a terrible tragedy?

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