Foolproof Theodicy?

Jonathan Bernier wrote this in a comment here on this blog, and I thought it deserved wider circulation. It seems to me that a foolproof theodicy would have to be one in which the innocent never suffer. Therefore it would have to argue that those who suffer are not innocent. Such a theodicy should be [Read More...]

Even If The Bible Says

This cartoon from David Hayward highlights an interesting question. Some think that, if they can find a verse in the Bible that says it is OK to be a jerk, then it is OK to be a jerk. But I’d suggest that, at this point, the very act of looking for justification for being jerk, shows that [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Into The Dalek

I found the Doctor Who episode “Into The Dalek” felt rushed - they could have easily made this a two-parter and taken the time necessary to introduce characters and explore details. But the concept and the themes explored are fascinating, and give viewers much food for thought. Spoilers ahead! The episode introduces the question of whether [Read More...]

Karen Armstrong on Bad Theology

The quote comes from The Spiral Staircase.   [Read more...]

Proof Atheists Have Morals

Gavin Rumney shared the above, and it made me chuckle. Given that at least most atheists don’t take advantage of the gullibility that characterizes at least some Christians (and clearly some people who at least claim to be Christians do take advantage of that gullibility for their own profit), does this prove clearly and unambiguously that the line [Read More...]

The Rule of Love

The quote comes from Jonathan Bernier’s recent post, “Paul, Conversion, and Homosexuality,” and I highly recommend clicking through to read the whole thing. And after two millennia the world has reached the place in its pilgrim journey that it is submitting the matter of same-sex attraction to the rule of love, and the Church is [Read More...]

If Religion Were The Key To Morality

The above t-shirt came to my attention via Facebook. I certainly do want to acknowledge that there are some “mega-churches” which do in fact look like charities and not like businesses. Sometimes precisely for that reason, they won’t look like or be characterized as “mega-churches.” But are they the exception, or the rule? One can’t judge [Read More...]

Comparative Dalek Ethics

If you’ve seen the latest trailer for the upcoming Doctor Who series, you’ll have seen a hint that (SPOILER ALERT) a Dalek that develops ethical sensibilities seems like it will be a focus at some point. I’ve been intrigued ever since that early promotional spot on the BBC had a Dalek saying that it detected in [Read More...]

A Straightforward Reading of the Text

The quote is from Rachel Held Evans’ blog post, asking whether Jesus should inform our Christianity. [Read more...]

Moral Codes Don’t Age Well

The quote is from a post by Fred Clark’s blog Slacktivist, “When moral codes codify immorality.” Here is a longer excerpt: Whenever you question the “traditional morality” of any moral code that’s not aging well, you’ll be accused of lawless anarchy and antinomianism. “So you think anything goes” they say. They don’t mean it as a [Read More...]

Self-Righteousness Made Easy

Two posts that appeared yesterday on blogs I read seemed to me to converge on a common point, albeit from opposite sides. First, Fred Clark offered a post about American Evangelicalism’s demonization of others (both real and imagined) so as to bolster its own goodness. At the end, after quoting C. S. Lewis, he writes: [Read More...]


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