Born in the Bronx two weeks after the Stock Market Crash of 1929, the author has earned licenses to operate passenger-carrying sailing vessels and airplanes, and to practice psychology. As a member of the faculty at the State University of New York College at Fredonia for seventeen years, he taught classes; published over a dozen articles on topics in education and psychology; worked with Native American educators on the Seneca and Onondaga Reservations and, as an amateur astronomer, directed the college's planetarium for two years. In 1977 he was a fellow at The Albert Ellis Institute in Manhattan.
Gaudia is the author of Outside, Looking In. a work of fiction based on accurate portrayals of real people and actual events. Gene Geminni, the main character, believed that relying upon God or prayer was illogical, and often enthusiastically practiced by those who are the least ethical. He had come to know fair and honest people who were extremely skeptical of theistic claims and beliefs--and that's the way he wanted to be, true to his rational ideals and ethical standards at the same time. Did he succeed? You be the judge.
The wonderful varieties of the Ten Commandments...
It is a sickening fact that in today's fundamentalist-dominated America, expressions of atheism are tantamount to revealing one's disloyalty, subversion and even criminal involvement. How could it be any other way when the President sounds more like a Baptist preacher than the leader of a country founded on ideals of individual freedom?
It is one thing to examine the effects of a person's belief system on illness when there is a plausible connection between the belief, including prayer, and the body's systems, but another to seek to investigate an effect that lies outside the known laws of science.
"Let's see a real test put before the immovable object; the irresistible force; the ultimate omniscience, the omnipotent, omnipresent supremacy of all that the believers in a supernatural being endow that Master Architect with."
"I had always thought that the original sin that Adam committed was having sexual intercourse with Eve--or something like that. Now, I finally get it. It took me a long time and a lot of research, but now I know; 'Original Sin' has nothing to do with sex. Here's my new understanding, based partly upon my rereading of Genesis and also on what I have read about one of the pillars of Christendom, 'Aurelius Augustinus, Augustine of Hippo,' or Saint Augustine."
"The curious thing about the old Arabic tale of the kind and considerate camel owner is that we never seem to get it. The compassionate owner, who permitted his camel to warm his nose under his tent, was victim of his own tolerance, which eventually cost him his abode. Now it looks as if we have to confront another camel--and it's all about the elective study of the Bible in high schools."
Apophatic theology is yet another attempt to explore the meaning of God, in this case, by negation—to speak only in terms of what may not be said about the arcane being that believers call God. At first blush this doesn't seem like too bad an idea, since all previous attempts to explain God by telling us what He is and how He does operate leads most intelligent people to roll their eyes in disbelief at the twisted logic in which the explainers engage.
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