Monthly Archives: December 2021

Why Would God Drown Children?

by | December 26, 2021

By James Haught The ghastly Indian Ocean tsunami on the day after Christmas 2004 — one of the worst natural disasters in the history of humanity — should have an unexpected side-effect: Intelligent people increasingly may be forced to abandon the notion that an all-loving, all-powerful, fatherly, kindly, creator god controls the universe. If a deity caused the Indian… Read more »

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Exquisite Writing Leaves an Impression

by | December 19, 2021

By James Haught When the West Virginia Book Festival was canceled because of the Kanawha library’s money crisis, a pang of loss was felt among lovers of writing. Then longtime Gazette staffer Susan Williams asked readers to remember special books that affected their lives. All this prodded me to ponder the amazing power of language,… Read more »

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I.Q. Up, Religion Down

by | December 12, 2021

By James Haught Religion is collapsing faster in America than in any other nation, according to a top researcher. Writing in Foreign Affairs magazine — in a report titled “Giving Up on God: The Global Decline of Religion” — Dr. Ronald Inglehart of the University of Michigan said: “The most dramatic shift away from religion has taken place among… Read more »

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