Cliff's Edge

Cliff Goldstein

is editor of the Adult Sabbath School Bible Study Guide. His next book, Baptizing the Devil: Evolution and the Seduction of Christianity has just been released by Pacific Press.

​Enlightenment Woes

Calling them bomb detectors, a British contractor pawned off $20 American novelty golf-ball locators on the post-Saddam Iraqi government at $27,000 each, for a total of $55 million.

We’re not to judge, but how can we not marvel at such depravity? After all, how many people will get killed or maimed while this contractor (probably an educated family man) ogles his bank account?

But humans weren’t supposed to be like this now. We were to have, by now, morally advanced. The great hope of the Enlightenment was progress. Once we shed the shackles of faith and superstition, reason and science were to put humans on the path to perfection. Newton’s

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