Quote for MLK Day

  The quotation above comes from the document that has been circulating a lot in recent days, offering advice for the situation of the newly-integrated buses in Montgomery, Alabama. Here is the entire document below. Here's another image with the same quotation, in case you like it better:   [Read more...]

It Gets Better (from Butler University)

Somehow I missed this video when it first appeared, even though it includes more than one student I know, and one who is a religion major. It always makes me proud to see students I have taught showing the strength of character to be leaders and stand for what is right! [Read more...]

Everyone Is Not Different

I am astonished by how often students claim that “everyone is different” and think that they have said something relevant to discussion of topics such as morality or religion. Human beings are not entirely different from one another, and it is not clear that things which no two humans have in common pertain to either [Read More...]

If Someone Wishes You…

  [Read more...]

Same Sex Relations and the Jerusalem Council

The Butler Religionists club had a discussion about same-sex relations as viewed by a variety of religious traditions. I mentioned that Acts 15, with its depiction of a decision by Jewish Christians about what Gentiles needed to adopt from Jewish customs in order to make it possible for Jews and Gentiles to have fellowship, neglects [Read More...]

Employers’ Freedom vs. Employees’ Freedom

Hemant Mehta has gotten to the heart of the issue in one debate about the Affordable Care Act and the question of whether employers can be required by law to provide health insurance that covers things an employers disapproves of. It is the same question as whether an employer can be required by law to [Read More...]

Selling Your Soul

The above cartoon appeared in the newspaper the same day we started discussing Goethe's Faust in my class. We have not reached his deal with Mephistopheles yet, but will next time. I usually get students to discuss what, if anything, they would sell their soul for – or, if they are not comfortable with that [Read More...]

When Jesus Disarmed Peter

Tertullian had some very direct things to say about Jesus, warfare, and weapons. A sizeable portion of American Christians think that Tertullian got Jesus wrong. And, conversely, if Tertullian understood Jesus correctly, then a sizeable portion of Christians in American (though by no means all) actually (whether they admit it or not) think Jesus was [Read More...]

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The above Zen Pencils cartoon was accompanied by a reminder that October 16th is Blog Action Day, with a focus this year on human rights. Human rights are things that we as humans define. But we do so rationally, by declaring that the same rights, freedoms, and protections that we want, all should have. Looking [Read More...]

Mass Murder is Never of God

Hemant Mehta shared the above church sign, asking for captions. Mine as a liberal Christian would be something like, “I love it when Christians have enough faith, courage, and moral conviction to disagree with the Bible.”   [Read more...]

Religion and Suicide Bombing

The blog Friendly Atheist (sparked by an article by Sam Harris) recently discussed the Pew Forum statistic concerning the number of Muslims who say that suicide bombing is never justified. There are lots of different ways that one could take this. One thing that is noteworthy is how different the answers are depending on the location [Read More...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X