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7 New Year’s Resolutions I Invite Others to Steal

The year we send the Hamburglar to Jail. Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200.

Dave Swindle


December 31, 2012 - 4:12 pm
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Sunday – Spirit

7. Re-read Howard Bloom’s The God Problem: How a Godless Cosmos Creates Again Over The Course of the Year as a Daily Devotional Book, Consuming a Little Bit Every Day.

When I was an evangelical Christian I used to love the “devotional” series of books that were designed to be read a little bit each day. Other religious traditions utilize it too. Joseph Telushkin’s The Book of Jewish Values: A Day-by-Day Guide to Ethical Living is another book that I adore that uses this format. Someday I hope to write some of my own books in this style.

I think this will be a good way to explore Bloom’s magnum opus, a book that I think when properly understood can do a better job than any other at bridging one of the deep intellectual rifts in the world today: the war between religious fundamentalists and secular materialist fundamentalists. The battle between science and mysticism is a false dilemma. And Bloom shows how in his mind-blowing history of science and sweeping portrait of the development of Western civilization. On Sundays I’m going to encourage inter-faith dialogue and blog about reconciling the divides between the religious traditions.

I now extend the invitation to my fellow PJM editors, writers, contributors, and commenters to offer their own resolutions for 2013.


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David Swindle is the associate editor of PJ Media. He writes and edits articles and blog posts on politics, news, culture, religion, and entertainment. He edits the PJ Lifestyle section and the PJ columnists. Contact him at DaveSwindlePJM @ and follow him on Twitter @DaveSwindle. He has worked full-time as a writer, editor, blogger, and New Media troublemaker since 2009, at PJ Media since 2011. He graduated with a degree in English (creative writing emphasis) and political science from Ball State University in 2006. Previously he's also worked as a freelance writer for The Indianapolis Star and the film critic for He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their Siberian Husky puppy Maura.
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