Responding to Racism

Someone I know shared this “joke” on Facebook. I left a comment expressing my disappointment that they had shared it, since it seemed to me to have racist overtones. Let me share it and see whether others get the same impression, before I say more. Flying on Air Force One, Obama looked at Oprah, chuckled [Read More...]

Christmas and Religious Freedom

Jim West shared this cartoon (for what reason I will not speculate): I find the cartoon bizarre. I don't think that whoever made it has any concept of either the setting into which Jesus was born or how religious freedom is safeguarded in the United States in ways that were unimagined then. Back then, there [Read More...]

Religious Diversity and Alienation

I have been struck by the language some atheist bloggers I read have used in recent days, in reference to how they felt about President Obama’s speech/sermon in Newtown. Alienation. As a progressive Christian, and as someone who has studied Biblical studies, theology, and philosophy of religion, I often feel something that could be described [Read More...]

Utopia/Dystopia

Next semester my freshman course “Faith, Doubt, and Reason” focuses on “The Quest for Community” and in particular on utopias and dystopias. We read a range of works, from the real to the fiction and from the ancient to the modern – including a significant dose of science fiction. Science fiction provides a great way [Read More...]

The U.S. Constitution’s Intelligent Design (Lecture by Judge John E. Jones)

Judge John E. Jones, who presided over the Dover Intelligent Design trial, gives a lecture with the title “The U.S. Constitution’s Intelligent Design.” Shared by Bruce Prescott. It is more focused on the nature of the United States judicial system and Constitution, and notions such as “activist judges,” than specifically on ID, although the latter is [Read More...]

Did God Want Obama to Win the Election? Will This Be on the Exam?

A colleague shared this on Facebook, suggesting that it would make for a good exam question in theology to ask students to carefully examine the underlying theological views and assumptions at play. What do you think?     [Read more...]

Christians Need to Speak Out against these sorts of Abominations!

On Facebook and elsewhere, I’ve begun to see signs of the extremism which I am convinced does not characterize everyone on that side of the political and religious spectrum, but which will need to be addressed by other conservatives who recognize it as not merely inappropriate hyperbole, but expressions of hatred, if we are to [Read More...]

The Challenge Now

President Obama has been re-elected. Despite what some may say, the challenge ahead of us all is not to avoid being rounded up by presidential stormtroopers, to rescue the Constitution from being torn to shreds, or to find a place to hide and wait out the apocalypse. The challenge is whether we can find a [Read More...]

Election Night Predictions and Discussion

Now that the votes are being counted, I feel like I can say what I foresee happening. I predict that either the Democratic or Republican candidate will win the election. I predict that, if the economy does better or worse, it will have less to do with who was elected president than with other factors. [Read More...]

Stopping Looking at Cats and Go Vote!

Jerry Coyne's image above seemed worth sharing. It has a partisan slant to it, but the main message is one that transcends all allegiances except being cat-obsessed.   [Read more...]

Is This How You Feel?

HT Rachel Held Evans [Read more...]


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