This website is one place where I share a little about me and my writings, as well as a selection of those writings. I pastored UCC churches for about 30 years, and I have taught sociology, philosophy, and religion in colleges and universities for about the same amount time. I continue teaching regularly at local colleges and preach occasionally in churches of various denominations. I guess you could say I’m a progressive thinker concerned about the welfare of humanity. Quite frankly, I have the ridiculously grandiose hope that everything I write and do will make some contribution, however small, to a better future for humanity. I agree with the Christian theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945) who wrote in his reflections while in a Nazi prison that, when all is said and done, the ultimate guide for responsible living is how the next generation is going to live.
This website contains a little information about me on the page “About Me.” As a pastor, I wrote a column for the parish titled “The Interpretive Twist.” A selection of those columns is available here. For some years now, I’ve been writing a column titled “My Country, My Faith, and Me” for The Record, a local newspaper in Kansas City, Kansas. That column treats various issues, often current events, with the idea of exploring the interface between faith and our political culture. A selection of those columns is also available here. Finally another page offers links to some of my writings and my books, as well as links to websites I think are important for specific interests.
My most recent book is Religion and the Critical Mind: A Journey for Seekers, Doubters, and the Curious. It is a history of the criticism of religion and contains, in the final chapter, an apologia for religious participation. It is available through most major online booksellers or directly from the publisher, Lexington Books.
I’m currently working on numerous projects, among which are a book on religious inclusivity, one on courage, and one on Eastern thought for Western minds.
Thank you for visiting. Feel free to contact me about anything I’ve written or anything else for that matter.
You can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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