Monday, July 4, 2022

Democracy Without Character Does Not Guarantee Good Outcomes


Today is July 4, 2022. I was looking through blogs that Rabbi Jeffrey Leynor and I published on the TOV Center Blog and one that was published on May 10, 2017 caught my attention. It is a good reminder that much of what happens in a democracy is determined by the character of individual citizens. Read the blog at -

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Exploring Beliefs About Jesus Requires Much More than a Bible


BHC’s Exploring Our Biblical Heritages is different from most discussions about Jesus and religions. Facts about the biological processes of the brain and the roles that governments, money, and power played in his life and in the religious institutions that created our beliefs about him are essential. Continue reading at -

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

What Would the World Be Like Without Paul?


From the Pharisees, a new body of authority emerged – the rabbis. In the eyes of the Romans, there were only two surviving Jewish sects after they destroyed the Temple in 70 CE -- the Pharisees and the Jesus Movement (Paul was viewed as part of it). Rabbinic Judaism came from the Pharisees and Christianity came from Paul. Continue reading at -

Thursday, April 28, 2022

The First Death and Afterlife Experience in the Bible


We do not know how long Cain’s anger burned, but it ended when met Abel. Instead of doing things that were TOV, Cain acted like a predator, like a wild animal, and murdered his brother. And then YHVH the god appeared. Continue reading at -


Sunday, April 24, 2022

Why the TOV Center and Why Now?


For twenty-five years, Jim Myers and I have studied, investigated, written and taught together, working for a better world, with more knowledge, understanding and TOV actions. We developed the TOV Standard from the Ancient Wisdom of Shared Values in order to enable people to Form and Maintain Values-Based Relationships for the Common Good, and for the Good of ourselves as individuals as well. Continue reading at –

Saturday, April 23, 2022

Reconnecting With Our Religious and National Roots


What do the creation of humans in Genesis, the teachings of Jesus, and the Declaration of Independence have in common? They share very important ideas about how people can live together in harmony and peace. Continue reading at -

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

The Mystery of the Seventh Day of Creation


A reader from the multiple cultures in the ancient world would know immediately what was going on the first story in Genesis and conclude that it is “a temple text.” And they know exactly why the Seventh Day is the most important of the seven days of creation. But modern readers, since they do not understand what they are reading, never know that they missed the most important part of the story. Continue reading at -