Adventures in Athens – Sex, Imagery, and Religion

Religion and sexuality have been closely related in most cultures of the world throughout history. As a result, the images and vocabulary of human sexuality have often been used to express, and to experience, religion. Priorities differ. Near the end of our time in Greece, I wanted to see the battlefield of Marathon, where the… Read More Adventures in Athens – Sex, Imagery, and Religion

Immigration, Religion, and the West

Introduction The Syrian Civil War and the advent of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have caused a human disaster of the highest degree. According to recent media estimates, 300,000 have died and 10 million have been made homeless since demonstrations began in the fateful “Arab Spring” of 2011.[1] A terrible situation has… Read More Immigration, Religion, and the West

Translation of the Manual of Islamic Sacred Law

Reliance of the Traveler is the classic manual of Islamic Sacred Law written by Ahmad ibn Naqib al-Misri (d 1368 AD). For those of us who do not know Arabic, Nuh Ha Mim Keller provided a revised edition which shows Arabic and English in parallel (Amana publications 1991).  It is an essential resource for people… Read More Translation of the Manual of Islamic Sacred Law

The Inevitable Incarnation

In 1819 using a razor and glue, the former American President Thomas Jefferson, one of the most brilliant men of his age, cut and pasted passages of the New Testament to create The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth, popularly known as the Jefferson Bible. Jefferson’s Bible removed all of the miracles of Jesus,… Read More The Inevitable Incarnation

Religion and the Workplace

This is a fascinating and important topic, and as the numerous and well reasoned postings have shown, worthy of discussion. The first task is to define religion. According to the American Heritage Dictionary, religion is: 1. Belief in and reverence for a supernatural power(s) recognized as the creator and governor of the universe. 2. A… Read More Religion and the Workplace

Mysteries of the Trinity

I had never expected to meet a Muslim from Lebanon during my family medicine rotation at the Indian Health Service Hospital in Barrow, Alaska in December, 1990. Nonetheless, there I was, eating flat bread in his living room with a few other friends who also happened to be visiting Barrow a month after the sun… Read More Mysteries of the Trinity