During a 1945 lecture in Paris, Jean-Paul Sartre offered the following useful metaphor for God: When we think of God as the creator, we are thinking of him, most of the time, as a superior artisan… When God creates he knows precisely what he is creating. Thus, the conception...

As I type, I am sitting in a coffee shop, with a newly refilled mug of coffee. I got the mug refilled not by doing it myself, nor by verbally asking my waitress. Instead, I caught her eye and tilted my cup in a particular, somewhat stylised way. This approach worked: the...

I often think it’s comical;
How Nature always does contrive!
That every boy and every gal
That’s born into the world alive
Is either a little Liberal
Or else a little Conservative!
Fal, lal, la!

(from Gilbert and Sullivan’s...