The Quran, Text of Life

ONE OF THE handiest blessings of the Quran as divine revelation is that it sets out clearly for us the character “types” and roles that people cast themselves as and in, in life. Then it gives us—and at the precise script prompts—the…

God Knows History

AS I WAS reading the history of the Dravidian religion of India that prevailed before the coming of the Aryans from the north, I was struck with horror by the “religious” beliefs and practices. There existed sects who worshiped the male sexual…

Epiphany in Appalachia

I SIT HERE in the middle of the night in Appalachia, in fulfillment of a commitment made long ago to one dear. Appalachia is among the resource-richest places on earth, long one of the poorest, and certainly one of the most maligned…