The events of the past week have been nerve-racking or breathtaking depending upon your perspective. The two cases in point that this writer is referencing are first and foremost the Mr. and Mrs. Ray and Janay Palmer-Rice domestic violence incident that gripped our nation; this event was a tragic and catastrophic event. The second nationwide occurrence … Continue reading How Do We Know?
Gautama Buddha gave the world what is known as the four (4) Verities. One of the four verities proclaims that “to live is to suffer.” The Buddha was not the only one to speak about the pain and suffering that we experience in life. Job exclaimed that Man that is born of a woman is … Continue reading The Taliban, ISIS, and the War on Terror
The book of Ecclesiastes is a fascinating piece of literature albeit "Sacred Literature" from the ancient world. The book of Ecclesiastes along with the books of Proverbs and the Song of Songs represent the trilogy of books authored by Solomon. Old Testament scholars believe that Solomon – who was the son of David the first … Continue reading Eternity Is In Our Hearts August 29, 2014
The noted Political Philosopher Dr. Russell Kirk wrote a book called The Roots of American Order (1974). Dr. Kirk espoused the belief that a safe and stable “Societal-Order” precedes a society’s or a nation’s ability to grow, expand, or to produce cultural innovation. Dr. Kirk was described as a “Paleo-Conservative”; Mr. Kirk was an exponent … Continue reading A Time For Every Purpose Under Heaven
The former Motown singing great Marvin Gaye often referred to as the prince of Motown during his life composed a song around 1970 to 1971 entitled, “What’s Happening Brother?” Of particular interest to this listener is one of the stanzas in the song where Gaye sings: “Are things really getting better as the newspaper said?” … Continue reading Jus Bellum Iustum by George Kelly | August 15th, 2014
Since the dawn of time, individuals, people of various races and ethnicities, and nation-states have all craved the elusive concept known as “peace or tranquility.” As a matter of historical record, President Roosevelt stressed that people all over the world “shared Americans' entitlement to four freedoms: the freedom of speech and expression, the freedom to … Continue reading Can We Have Peace In A Chaotic World?
When one surveys the events taking place in the “international landscape,” it is quite easy to understand how a sense of appalling dread could consume a person’s emotional, mental, and physical faculties. One might ask of what particular incident or incidents would this writer be referring to. The rejoinder would be that the litany of … Continue reading Has The World Gone Topsy-Turvy? | August 01, 2014 by George Stephen Kelly
Our Pilgrim Forefathers came to this nation in two waves: First in 1607 (James Bay, Virginia) and secondly, at Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts in 1620 (The Mayflower); they came here with the desire to find a land where they could experience “Freedom of Religion.” The first European settlers came to this land as people who wished … Continue reading Immigration Reform – Part III: 1607, 1620 until Today | July 25, 2014
By Pastor George Kelly The citizens of the United States of America historically have prided themselves in the principle of E Pluribus Unum (out of the many ONE) as opposed to the concept of “Ex Uno Plures” (out of one becomes Many). The United States of America is a nation that has accomplished what many … Continue reading Immigration Reform Part II – Some Additional Musings…
It goes without saying that the United States of America – with the exception of Native Americans - is a nation of immigrants. Those of us who have been blessed to be citizens of The United States of America pride ourselves in the principle of E Pluribus Unum (out of the many one). Two significant … Continue reading Immigration Reform: Some Thoughts and Reflections | July 11, 2014 by George Stephen Kelly
The origin of Philosophy began on January 1, 465 B.C. This is not true, but it reflects a truism that goes back more than 2 millennium. The word philosophy is a combination of two words which are rich in meaning. The word “Philos” means beloved and loving and the word “Sophia” means wisdom. Therefore, a … Continue reading The Things In Life Worth Fighting For … June 27, 2014 | George Stephen Kelly
Be it resolved in the Affirmative that Comic book reading represents an escape from reality. (One could argue that reading and delighting in poetry, fiction, and romance novels are also unique diversions in themselves as well…Smile!) For the sake of full disclosure, this writer admits that he grew up as a “comic book aficionado.” My … Continue reading An Escape from Reality… Oh Really?
By Pastor George Kelly What is Fatherhood? How would one describe the phenomenon of what one would call the male gender that begets children? What exactly is it that men are supposed to say and do? Whole books have been dedicated to probing these thought-provoking questions. As a matter of fact, roughly 25 to 30 … Continue reading The Faith of Our Fathers
The late historian Will Durant wrote the following definition of what he felt constituted a civilization in Book 1 of his landmark series on "The Story of Civilization: Our Oriental Heritage" - "Civilization is social order promoting cultural creation. Four elements constitute it: economic provision, political organization, moral traditions, and the pursuit of knowledge and the … Continue reading A Passionate Life of Presence and Purpose
by George Kelly Christians of all persuasions – Roman Catholic, Greek and Russian Orthodox, and Evangelical (an extremely broad and large heading) hold to the belief that both the Old and New Testaments are “The Very Word of GOD.” The term that these believers and their respective theologians employ to describe this belief is known … Continue reading GOD and Caesar