Wayne Mayhall Archive

Leaving Omelas

With a clamor of bells that set the swallows soaring, the Festival of Summer came to the city Omelas, bright-towered by the sea. The ringing of the boats in the harbor sparkled with flags. In the streets between houses with red roofs and painted walls, between old moss-grown gardens and under avenues of trees, past […]

What Price Cyberspace?

Synopsis Virtual reality is real in effect but not in fact. The assault of virtual reality occurs on at least four planes: (1) assault on place – critics of alternate reality say that the outside world, although not yet completely redundant, is getting there fast and we are becoming increasingly more isolated from the external […]

Ideas Have Consequences

Or do they? The Ancient Roman philosopher-statesman Cicero once said, “There is nothing so absurd that it can’t be said by a philosopher,” and, according to author Benjamin Wiker, “philosophers’ absurdities aren’t limited to classroom sophistry and eccentric speculations. They make their way into print and are thereby released upon the public” (Introduction). As dangerous […]

Who Are the Shia?

This article first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume32, number2 (2009). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org Synopsis Who are the Shia (or Shiite)Muslims we see headlining our daily news? Shiites make up only ten percent of the Muslim world but comprise almost half of the […]