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Presbyterians and the Saber-Tooth Curriculum

Some 45 years ago, I took a class that looked at paradigm shifts in cultures - those shifts in thinking and/or doing that reshaped a world view and ways of life. Such paradigm shifts include the shift to recognizing the sun as the center of the solar system, with the connected insight that the earth is a globe; the printing press; the industrial revolution. I remember one book by Abner Peddiwell called The Saber-Tooth Curriculum. In this allegory we meet a Paleolithic man named New Fist. He was an innovator and a thinker. He looked at the difference between children and adults. The children played for fun; the adults worked for security and enrichment of their lives. The children dealt with

Another Solemn Assembly

Dear Friends, On August 2, I enjoyed my granddaughter Gracie’s 7th birthday party and hosted her at a “sleepover” at the hotel where Jen and I were staying. The world seemed be right and joyous. Then came Saturday’s word about a racist hate-speech inspired mass shooting in El Paso. Sunday brought news of a mass shooting in Dayton, OH. And the world became darker. I became scared for my granddaughter’s future. First, because studies have shown a correlation between the number of guns available and in private hands, and the number of mass shootings. Yet denial reigns and common-sense gun safety laws are shelved, or even overturned by the present administration. I am scared because people reinf

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