Over the past several years the public has become aware of a new field called “positive psychology,” which attempts to understand such basic things as happiness. Some surprising findings have emerged, along with a slew of books and PBS specials. Does this mean that we are getting closer to knowing what makes us happy? Is…

Q:What should pastors do if they no longer hold the defining beliefs of their denomination? Do clergy have a moral obligation not to challenge the sincere faith of their parishioners? If this requires them to dissemble from the pulpit, doesn’t this create systematic hypocrisy at the center of religion? What would you want your pastor…

During the recent Caltech debate with Michael Shermer on March 14th, we engaged in a spirited discussion on whether an object of perception such as the moon exists when no one is looking. Here is Michael’s account of that exchange. Needless to say, I disagree with his conclusions and even with his representation of my…

With a smile, I read about a sweeping contract between Michael Jackson’s Estate and Sony Records that will make Michael’s music alive for years – decades – to come. I smile because I have witnessed in the last 9 months how MJ’s music has influenced my own children. My two daughters met Michael several times.…

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