A Christian vs. an Atheist: On God and Government, Part 13

This is part 13 of my "Think! Of God and Government" debate series with Christian author Andrew Murtagh. Read my latest post and Andrew's reply.Hi Andrew,Thanks again for your hospitality when I came to visit Indianapolis earlier this month! I relished the opportunity to go (metaphorically) into the lions' den and speak to some Christian audiences together with you. I got the impression that neither of us were precisely what the audiences were expecting, which is great! I think debates … [Read more...]

Answering Questions from #IndyTOT

This past week, I was in Indianapolis for two live Q&A events with my Christian pal Andrew Murtagh. One was at Theology on Tap, a Catholic young-adult outreach program; the other was at Crosspoint, a non-denominational evangelical church. Both had excellent turnout, probably around 150 people at each. Speaking before two overwhelmingly Christian audiences felt a little like going into the lion's den, but they were unfailingly fair and polite - and besides, what better place to defend atheism … [Read more...]

Weekend Coffee: July 5

• Iceland repeals its blasphemy law, which they apparently had until now?• Three cheers for California! The state legislature ends all non-medical exemptions for mandatory vaccination, despite vociferous protests from die-hard anti-vaxers.• In the wake of the Obergefell decision legalizing same-sex marriage, some Christians are writing optimistically about the last-ditch option of retreating into their own closed enclaves. One homeschooling parent explains that "relative … [Read more...]

Atlas Shrugged: The Workers’ Paradise

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Atlas Shrugged, part III, chapter IAlthough the capitalists all going on strike was John Galt's idea, the valley where they're hiding out is Midas Mulligan's possession. This raises some obvious questions about how their society would work in practice, but Dagny seems resolutely uninterested in exploring the matter, and Mulligan never volunteers more than the most basic information. For once, just when we need a Randian Monologue, we don't get one!She turned to him. "It was you who … [Read more...]

The Pope’s Laudato: So Close And Yet So Far

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Pope Francis has issued an encyclical, Laudato Si, which warns about the grave danger of climate change and calls on Catholics to take urgent action to combat it. Lest I be accused of ignoring something actually good that religion has done, here are my thoughts.I'm glad for this statement, I really am, and I want to say that without hesitation. Climate change is the greatest threat looming over human civilization, and it's heartening to see anyone with influence speak out about it. I've … [Read more...]

Obamacare’s Victory Is a Defeat For Fundamentalism

You know it's been a big week when the Supreme Court once again upholding Obamacare is only the second biggest story to come out of the court. But I wanted to write about this ruling and what it means.As you may remember, I exulted in 2012 when the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare the first time, rejecting a claim that the law was unconstitutional. It turns out I spoke too soon, because there was another challenge waiting in the wings: King v. Burwell, a right-wing attack which sought to … [Read more...]

Debate in Indianapolis This Week!

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Reminder: This coming week, I'll be in Indianapolis for two live events as part of my ongoing conversation with Christian author Andrew Murtagh. The audience at both is likely to be mostly Catholic, so if you're in the area, come out and help balance the scales!First:WHAT: Indianapolis Theology on Tap WHEN: Wednesday, July 1, 7 PM WHERE: Tow Yard Brewing Company, 501 S. Madison Street, Indianapolis, INAnd second:WHAT: Faith vs. Doubt Night (requires ticket, but they're … [Read more...]

With Liberty and Justice For All

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June 26, 2015 will be remembered as the day love won out in the United States of America. In Obergefell v. Hodges, the Supreme Court made marriage equality the law of the land, striking down all remaining bans on same-sex marriage.While waiting for the decision, I admit I had some doubts. I never seriously doubted that the Supreme Court would rule for equality; they signaled their intent months ago, when they refused to halt pro-marriage decisions by lower courts, and it was obvious that … [Read more...]

Atlas Shrugged: The Colossal Contradiction

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Atlas Shrugged, part III, chapter IAs we've seen previously, the supercapitalists hiding out in Galt's Gulch call Dagny a "scab", a grave insult for a worker who crosses a union picket line. Given that the word was coined by labor organizers, one might think Rand's heroes were using it ironically - but it turns out they mean it in a very literal sense, as Dagny finds out when she asks them why they've quit their jobs and forsaken the world:"Why?" she cried. "Why? What are you doing, … [Read more...]

How the Cross Is Like the Confederate Flag

You can make a bad argument in support of a good conclusion. That's how I felt reading this column "The Cross and the Confederate Flag", written by Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist Convention in the aftermath of the Charleston massacre.Unlike his predecessor Richard Land, who was an all-culture-war-all-the-time partisan, Moore has shown some genuine signs of wanting to listen to marginalized voices. In his column, he takes an unflinching look at the deep-seated history of racism and … [Read more...]


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