Monthly Archives: September 2022

Why Religious Teaching Doesn’t Change You

By L. Alfred James Have you ever wondered why toddlers never need to be taught to smack their siblings? Or why elementary school children never need to be taught to be selfish and refuse to share? In fact, why is sharing something that has to be learned at all, while selfishness comes automatically? Other questions: Why is it that people never need to be taught to be lazy? A good work ethic is something that is learned, it certainly does not come automatically. Why? Why do teenagers never need to … Read More »

Why Does the Doctrine of the Fall Matter?

By L. Alfred James Recently, we’ve seen that there is something very wrong with the human race. In the last couple of months, we’ve seen that human beings are not good by nature. Indeed, our experience is more like that of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde than the Frankenstein monster. And we also saw how the selfishness and cruelty of human beings requires us to believe in some kind of fall, an event in history where human nature changed. To see why this matters you need to first see how … Read More »

The Secret of Happiness

By L. Alfred James Starting in 1988, with a study by Martin Seligman, the academic world discovered something very disturbing about American culture. A seismic shift took place in the generations following the Silent Generation (1928-1945). The shift began with the next generation, the Baby Boomers (1946-1964): The Baby Boomer generation has ten times the number of people suffering from depression as any of the generations that preceded it. That is, in the span of one generation the number of people suffering depression did not just double, or triple, or … Read More »