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April 27, 2015

Christian Horizons on Doctor-Assisted Dying

By: Janet Nolan

In the past fifty years, our society has been making great progress in moving toward recognizing the value of all people and creating communities that include all people. As a provider of services for people with developmental disabilities, Christian Horizons works to promote full citizenship of people with exceptional needs. Read More
April 22, 2015

Sacred Loneliness

By: Richard Handler

I’ve heard it said that it’s harder to admit being lonely than being... well, pick your own state of woe. You see, there I go -- I associated loneliness with a negative state: woe, which is clearly not a happy condition. Woe, in spite of its supposed spiritual luster, is hardly ever considered a virtue. It’s usually described as a state of aggravation, a festering muck of imbalance or anxiety. Most people want to flee from it -- or deny it. Read More
April 19, 2015

Why Can't We Slow Down?

By: Peter Scazzero

Far too many of us use workaholism to run from that shaming message that says we're not good enough. I count myself among them, though I would consider myself more of a recovering workaholic at this point. Read More
April 14, 2015

Prime Your Conscience

By: Richard Handler

Now, if conscience is instinctive or natural, that could be both good and bad news to us weak-kneed ethical creatures. Good news because it’s part of our human nature, or if you believe, it’s implanted by God (“natural law”). But because so few people, when hard pressed, seem to follow its dictates, clearly conscience can be just plain inconvenient. Its neglect is a moral deficiency. Read More
April 7, 2015

Cheating Death, Cheating Life

By: Richard Handler

Northrop Frye, Canada’s great literary critic, spoke of the Christian story as a comedy (like Dante’s Divine Comedy) -- not because it was funny but because it ended in triumph. Comedies end well and tragedies do not. We learn from tragedy and humble ourselves before its consequences. Believers look forward to eternal life.
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March 31, 2015

Autism and Aliens

By: Richard Handler

To say that autism is a disorder with “no cure,” as Lorna says in her introduction, is to tell us something no person in this modern world wants to hear. There must be a solution to any problem. Fatalism is not bred into our society’s bones. Read More
March 30, 2015

Autism Acceptance

By: Philip Reyes

As an autistic, I make a ton of trouble in a neurotypical world. I am an alien passing through a world populated with people who fit in perfectly. I do not. I am weird to most. I am unable to process my thoughts like everyone. I move differently than most people. Lots of things about me annoy people but that is how I was made by God. Read More
March 24, 2015

Father in Space

By: Richard Handler

In this age when the family, as an institution has become a lifestyle option and with the numbers of single parent households climbing steadily, as fathers readily abandon the nest, Chris Hadfield is no booster of the mythical 1950s family. Marriage, he told Lorna, is “a fractious, multi-headed, constantly changing, unchosen organization of people who love each other.” Read More
March 18, 2015

Music and Longing

By: Richard Handler

If there is a way to leap into what seems like easy transcendence, music is the key to that kingdom. Accessing “inner freedom and strength” is no doubt worthwhile, as both a secular and religious exercise. I see untold numbers of people waltz down the street with ear-buds imbedded in their heads, but is it transcendence they seek -- or just distraction? Read More
March 10, 2015

The Invisible Homeless

By: Richard Handler

Frankly, is our experience of the homeless here in Canada that different? We blank out the homeless on the street. They become part of the scenery, like rundown buildings and fire hydrants. They are to be avoided -- or gingerly stepped over. Read More
March 3, 2015

The Gospel of Usefulness

By: Richard Handler

There’s no doubt that the wanton killing or the abandonment of children would horrify any secular humanist. Such a person might donate to charities, gladly pay taxes and urge governments to “do more.” Surely, a believer might not have any better a heart than any atheist. Both can be disturbed by the neglect of a child, disabled or not. Read More
February 25, 2015

Conscience and the Sociopath

By: Richard Handler

As a Christian, Lorna believes that society is unmoored, and ethically unbalanced. Martha Stout's analysis appeals to her because Stout analyzes conscience as "the embodiment of love, imbued into our very biology." And for Lorna, the evangelical, the source of conscience is at the core, Jesus' love. Read More

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