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Where I come from. Part Three: My friend Newell or Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone (3)

Posted 15-Apr-2015 at 12:06 AM (00:06) by BluePoppy (A Wild Patience)
Updated 15-Apr-2015 at 12:13 AM (00:13) by BluePoppy

In memoriam W. Newell Hendricks (1943-2015)

Newell at the piano with his wife Barbara on the violin.

Yesterday the Boston Globe ran the obituary for my friend Newell. You can read it here. Since it includes only a couple of lines from a poem he wrote last November which I found quite remarkable, let me share it with you:
Little Things I can still do

I can sit.
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Where I come from. Part Three: My friend Newell or Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone (2)

Posted 08-Apr-2015 at 02:07 AM (02:07) by BluePoppy (A Wild Patience)
Updated 14-Apr-2015 at 11:48 PM (23:48) by BluePoppy

In memoriam W. Newell Hendricks (1943-2015)

The group from Nicaragua arrived in Boston in early September of 2001 and was with us during the September 11 terror attacks. For most, if not all of them it had been the first trip on an airplane. While everybody tried to keep calm, you could tell how scared they were the first couple of days post 9/11. No planes were flying and many wondered, if they would be able to return home as planned. Others were scared of the destructive
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Where I come from. Part Three: My friend Newell or Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone (1)

Posted 04-Apr-2015 at 11:11 PM (23:11) by BluePoppy (A Wild Patience)
Updated 08-Apr-2015 at 02:15 AM (02:15) by BluePoppy

In memoriam W. Newell Hendricks (1943-2015)

Where I come from has many aspects. Family, social and racial background, beliefs of all sorts, education, thoughts and books I have been exposed to, travel and last but not least the people I have met along the way. I have no particular order in which I write about those influences. I’d rather like to follow my daily
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Just who is denying whom? Theology, atheists, Christians, ignorance, religion

Posted 02-Dec-2010 at 03:08 PM (15:08) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 02-Dec-2010 at 03:19 PM (15:19) by Gurdur

One strand of criticism coming from some Christians and from some philosophers of religion is that atheists don't know enough about their own atheism, or don't know enough about what they're denying (in case you make any assumption about why I am writing this blog post, you're wrong, sorry, but it's important to say you are wrong in assumption because I definitely do not want to be inadvertantly offensive; I am actually provoked into writing this by something theologian Jim West recently wrote in...
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Criticizing myself on how to define faith

Posted 19-Nov-2010 at 01:59 AM (01:59) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)

In a previous blog post of mine, I wrote:

" .... I've seen Christians twist themselves into terrible knots on just what "faith" is, usually in response to atheist criticism, and try illegitimate tactics in reply, as for example redefining faith in a very trivial sense as just some form of trust based on experience. That is a tactic that trivializes both faith and religion, and it simply is bogus from one end to the other -- but I'll get into the specifics of that soon all by itself...
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Why do I wear my atheist label upfront? And so what can be wrong then with religion?

Posted 07-Nov-2010 at 06:14 AM (06:14) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 19-Nov-2010 at 02:45 AM (02:45) by Gurdur

If you look through my blog you will see I'm usually far more concerned about atheism, rather than religion, and that I make rigorous scrutiny at times of the antics of some atheists. There are periods where I don't tackle religion at all. So exactly why do I find religion can sometimes be not terribly good, and why am I so upfront about being an atheist? Now I am going to answer the questions mostly from my own experience, mostly not from all the examples abounding in history and the press. And...
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The Richard Dawkins debate on Faith School Menace?: faith schools in Britain, Erfana Bora, and Karen Glaser, in Guardian, and Rev'd Janina Ainsworth in The Church Mouse blog answer, separately

Posted 20-Aug-2010 at 02:27 PM (14:27) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 20-Aug-2010 at 02:41 PM (14:41) by Gurdur

The debate on faith schools in Britain has been heightened by the Richard Dawkins documentary, "Faith School Menace?", shown in Britain on Channel More 4, on Wednesday 18th of August -- you can see it online here, or better still (especially since that one is only available to those inside the United Kingdom) see it on this blog post in the videos here below, in four parts. Answers back to Richard Dawkins have been made by Erfana Bora, in a Cif piece on the Guardian, titled "Dawkins is wrong: faith...
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My review of the novel by China Miéville, Kraken (science fiction/fantasy, evolution, Darwin, atheism, faith and religion)

Posted 13-May-2010 at 10:04 AM (10:04) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 13-May-2010 at 03:11 PM (15:11) by Gurdur

I'm going to review the SF/fantasy novel Kraken, (author: China Miéville; USA edition, British edition) here, rather than on the Hub board, because this novel has been getting a lot of interest in the blogosphere, dealing as it does with themes including Darwin, evolution, religion, faith and atheism. It's quite a long novel; my hardcover copy runs to 482 pages. It's a very well-written, well-paced novel indeed, and yet I found it ultimately disappointing. Perhaps I found it disappointing because...
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Uncle Joe

Posted 07-Mar-2010 at 12:51 AM (00:51) by lifelinking (Lifelinking's Blog)
Updated 07-Mar-2010 at 02:12 AM (02:12) by lifelinking

In memory of Uncle Joe, and what he and his apparatchiks did to my family

The Journey to Martuk

Life in the USSR

Into the Unknown - From the Soviet Union to Scotland

A few old men and women
Still weep for comrade Stalin
Their world gone mad
Their faith in him, burning
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