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Nov.26.2009
(Continued)  So here we go again. Rather than being one two-partarticle as I first intended, this is turning into a continuingexploration—which is perhaps as it should be, since for most of us there can beno final answer. Someday I intend to go over all these parts of “What Ibelieve,” adding the two parts of “Chance or Fate (God’s Computer)” which arealso...
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Oct.19.2009
Chance or Fate? At some stage I’m thinking of writing a novel (perhaps with the title “God’s Computer” or similar) based on the role played by “chance” in life. Each life, it seems to me, depends on so many events over which we have no control that it would need a huge computer to sort them out. How one’s parents met, where they decided to live, what house they...
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Oct.19.2009
Chance or Fate? (God’s computer) Part 2 I’ve been thinking more about this whole question of Chance or Fate, and what I like to think of as “God’s Computer”: a purely personal title since I do essentially believe in some force that I call “God.” (Others might prefer to substitute a less loaded word such as “life.” Similarly, for convenience, I use the word “pray...
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Sep.10.2009
A little while ago, I wrote an article on “Literature and Literary Fiction.”  But thinking more on this subject (as I’ve been doing most of my life) I found I was unsatisfied with it. So here are some further thoughts on those qualities that I think are necessary not only for “literary fiction” but for “great” literature in general—to which, as I suggested before...
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Aug.13.2009
What is literary fiction? How does one define literature? I started thinking about this again when inspired by a discussion group on Amazon: “Have you written literary fiction?” I certainly aspire to that, but what is it? What indeed is literature? “Literature” is difficult to define. I once published an academic article on the question of what we mean by “art”...
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Jul.28.2009
(Continued) When it's still difficult to have "faith." I hadn’t intended to write a third part to this article, but there are times when, like everyone else, I find that putting my beliefs into practice is life is difficult. Particularly in moods of depression (I have one at the moment) I’m still tempted to ask whether God “exists” and whether what I...
Short Story
Jul.01.2009
 (Continued) When he awoke it was morning. After breakfast the phone rang. He told Mrs. Wignall he was sorry she was sick but that he wouldn’t need her again. At the office of The Wittenberg Torch, where he went to place an ad for domestic help, an attractive foreign girl next to him asked if she could have the job. He agreed, and they arranged for her to come...
Short Story
Jun.25.2009
“The Comedy of Doctor Foster” (novella), paperbytes, imprint of Paperplates Books, published on Internet 1999 (www.perkolator.com); and paperplates, Spring 2000
      Doctor Foster went to Gloucester In a shower of rain, He fell in a puddle up to his middle And never went there again.  Those who maintained that Dr. Foster’s demise was the result of a pact he’d made with the devil were, quite frankly, mistaken. They were members of the congregation of St. Joseph’s Church, Wittenberg, Ontario, and they had cause...
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Jun.16.2009
Continuing with what I believe
God’s omnipotence Omnipotence (together with omniscience) is frequently mentioned as a characteristic of God, and looking at the universe who can doubt that, if indeed it was created by some force, that force is indeed omnipotent. And yet the true meaning of the word is rarely taken seriously, whether in church or elsewhere. Omnipotence means, simply, being able...
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Jun.02.2009
Introduction.  I initially wrote down “What I believe” for myself: in order to clarify those conclusions about life I had arrived at over the years. In making this an article I have modified it a little, since some things that were evident to myself require further explanation for an audience.  Nevertheless, this will still be fairly compact rather than a...