Can People In Hell Get Out? Are They Forced To Go There?

This may come as a shock to some working on the Hill but the idea of Hell as a place of eternal torment and punishment for evil acts committed by an individual during their life on Earth has been around as long as human beings have.

From Mesopotamia comes the Gilgamesh epic and from the ancient Greeks the underworld in which Tartarus is the lowest place. The idea has always been that people who do good in life are rewarded, while those who did evil are punished.

Photo above by James & Carol Lee on Unsplash.

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Why Are Christians So Afraid Of Subjective Moral Reasoning?

There are no moral absolutes, it’s all relative, and whatever “works for you is fine for you but what works for me is something completely different” may be as close as contemporary culture gets to what it regards as a “truth” that always and everywhere applies.

Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias was asked the question posed in the headline above and it’s one of particular relevance to men and women working on Capitol Hill. Do not miss Zacharias’ opening response to his questioner.

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QUESTION: Do You Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist? Or How Is Your TOE?

Proponents of atheism like Richard Dawkins, Stephen Hawking and Sam Harris have become prominent public figures, thanks to their intelligence and debating skills, science knowledge and formidable public presences.

They are helping prompt the renewal of a much-needed public debate in the U.S. and Europe on the Theory of Everything (TOE) questions: Why is there something rather than nothing, why does the universe exist, why are human beings in it, and what happens to us after we die?

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UPDATE: Kneecap Healing, If Not Quite Fast Enough For Yours Truly

A number of folks have inquired about the status of my recovery from the shattered kneecap I suffered back in February, so tonight seems like a good time to provide an update.

Essentially, everything is on schedule as expected. I started physical therapy a couple of weeks ago and have gone from about 50 degrees of motion a few days after surgery to 90 degrees a few days ago. There’s significantly less scar tissue on the healing incision, too.

Lots of exercises to do and a good bit of learning about the amazing anatomy of the human knee as well. Unfortunately, the doc —Dr. Scott Adams of Orthopedic Associates of Central Maryland, a great sports doctor who could also make a fortune doing standup comedy — says I still have to wear the brace that immobilizes the knee for a few more weeks. He was not joking on that one!

Thank you for all the kind notes and, especially, for the prayers.

Here’s The Big Bang Explained In 10 Easy-To-Grasp Steps (Thank You, Denise Chow!)

I have no idea what, if any, spiritual views Denise Chow may hold, but she posted a remarkable post on space.com in 2011 in which she describes the history of the universe from the Big Bang to Now.

No, I’m not making this up. Some of the specific details may have been updated and become better understood since Chow put this piece together but it remains one of the most accessible explanations of the subject I’ve come across anywhere. Definitely worth the read. Go here.

Photo above by Felix Mittermeier on Unsplash.

Five Biggest Staff Problems That Hurt Congress and America

One of the first things done by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi after taking control of the big gavel was to appoint the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress to recommend measures to bring the First Branch into the 21st Century of organizational management.

In its first hearing, the modernization committee heard testimony from 30 members representing both sides of the aisle, including Rep. Kathleen Clarke (D-Mass.) who provided a concise assessment of worrisome staffing trends:

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Eight VIP Things You Should Know About Working On The Hill

Patricia Murphy covers national politics for the Daily Beast and is a former Hill staffer, most recently working as communications director for then-Sen. Max Cleland (D-Ga.) from 2001 to 2003.

Murphy also writes a column for Roll Call and has a great piece today there based on her interviews with a number of present and former Hill staffers responding to the question of things they wish they had known when they worked on the Senate or House side.

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