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The beauty of uncertainty

Bill Ferguson’s column last Friday raises even more Christian questions. And he reveals that one of the richest assets of Christianity is its unashamed ability to question itself. Christianity has never been certain no matter how much its leaders wanted it. From its very beginning, doubts led to questions and questions to opinions and opinions to thousands of denominations. And this uncertain reality has been the beauty and strength of this 2,000 year old religion.

Charles E. Richardson

There is something broken in the ‘village’

We all know the African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.” We’ve heard it a thousand times. We revel in our childhood memories of our neighbors’ ability — and the responsibility they felt — to help raise the children surrounding them. We couldn’t get away with anything. Their watchful eyes were there even when our parents’ weren’t, ready to report any transgression, and if necessary, whip us into compliance. They were the village — and the village had certain norms — and we were expected to adhere to them.

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The principles of the Republic: Follow the arc, Part four

A century ago, the arc of the universe that always bends toward justice touched core values of the Republic with the ratification of the 19th Amendment (1920). Ratification came less than three months before the Nov. 2 election. It was grand day to celebrate a triumph of justice, liberty, and rights. Women celebrating their new-found freedom in the voting booth were the descendants of a previous generation of women who fought for the end of slavery, only to have their shackles of being disenfranchised tightened. From 1868 until 1920 women citizens of the Republic chaffed under the bonds of electoral injustice.

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The world and our priorities

Jesus said we could serve either God or the world, but not both, and Republican leaders in Georgia are rapidly proving his point. Just ask yourself where your priorities lie on one issue — adoption. Should a child in state care have as many paths available to him for adoption and foster care or should a gay person have as many paths available to him to adopt or foster a child?

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Progressive revelation doesn’t reveal much

I have to admit that I was more than a little excited when I saw that renowned media personality Erick Erickson responded directly to my last column, which itself was a response to a previous opinion piece of his castigating a local church for voting to allow gay marriages to be performed in their sanctuary. I was less excited by the content of his response.

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Some reflections on an ill wind

It is hard to know what to write about when you have been through the likes of Irma. Maybe it was “only” a tropical storm when it hit Georgia and not the powerful hurricane that ripped through Florida, but it was bad enough as many of you can attest. I will return to my acerbic roots soon, I promise, but not today. Nothing funny about disasters.

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Encounters of the red, black, blue and green kind

Check out most any list of the most hated teams in all of sports, and somewhere near the top you’re bound to find Notre Dame football. Like the New York Yankees, the Dallas Cowboys and the Los Angeles Lakers, the Fighting Irish are one of those squads that, with its national following and history of success, is reviled by pretty much everyone else.

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Resurrecting resurrection

The resurrection of Jesus is a central dogma of Christianity: “Jesus Lives.” But how? Physically? John’s gospel has the Apostle Thomas putting his finger into the spear-made hole in his side; Luke has him walking to a nearby town with two disciples who don’t recognize him; Matthew has him appearing to Mary Magdalene and Mark; our first gospel, skips the whole thing, although somebody (who looks a lot like Luke) went back later and added it (Mark 16:9-20).

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The principles of the Republic: Follow the arc, Part three

During the second half of the 19th century, the arc of the universe continued to bend toward justice. As it bent through turbulent times, including the steady march toward the War between the States, the firing on Fort Sumter (1861), the Emancipation Proclamation (1863), Appomattox (1865), and, then, within five years, three amendments to the Constitution, the arc of justice was tested.

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The option play

What just happened? President Trump cut a deal with Democrats to pay for hurricane damage relief and raise the debt ceiling without getting anything in return, except the temporary avoidance of a government shutdown. How to describe this? Was it a sellout, or a pragmatic act?

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Can ‘Game of Thrones’ teach us about the meaning of life?

When the popular television series “Game of Thrones” ended last month, fans bemoaned the long wait until the final season. Speculation pegs next summer as the earliest possibility. In the meantime, posts on the dragon Viserion’s blue flames, memes on the hookup of fictional characters Jon Snow and Daenerys and chatter about potential battle strategies indicate that there is plenty to ponder.