Frank J. Ranelli is an Independent scholar of comparative religious studies, author, and column essayist. His erudite and iconoclastic style of provocative writing has been extensively published—and debated widely, in a variety of news outlets, publications and across the Internet. These include The Naples Daily News, The Online Journal, Information Clearing House, Alternet, The Smirking Chimp, OpEdNews, and the former progressive journal of thought, Wicked Philosophy.
Mr. Ranelli currently lives in beautiful, picturesque, old-town Dublin, Ohio. As a physicalist with a worldview grounded in naturalism, he embraces critical thought over unquestioned dogma, reasoned contemplation over dutiful ignorance, eschews fatuous notions of gods or goblins, angels or demons, heaven or hell, an incorporeal or immaterial soul -- or a '"ghost in the machine," free will or 'original sin,' and the scientific method of inquiry and discovery.
When Mr. Ranelli is not writing or eviscerating theists’ feeble arguments for the existence of a god, he finds time to pen poetry, lift weights, hike, play his drums, dabble in black and white photography, read nonfiction, study philosophy and psychology, cook, enjoys fine erotic art in all its forms, loves vintage automobiles with a penchant for classic and modern muscle cars, and a special proclivity for all Corvettes and, most of all, spends time with his beautiful wife, Susan.
Finally, when asked to describe himself in one sentence, Mr. Ranelli said, “I navigate the avenues of life best when I traffic in words.”
“It is the skillful quill of the pointed pen, and not the might of the blunted sword, that can quell even the most ardent of insurrections of inequities.”