Progressive Christianity in the Spotlight

The Fountains United Methodist Church recently had the experience of a number of conservative churches in its area banding together to preach against progressive Christianity. They promoted the sermon series with signs and news articles promising a series of sermons on conservative fundamentals: The Fountanins UMC church responded with a banner borrowed from another congregation: [Read More...]

Lifestyle Choice

In our day and age many Christians, including very prominent ones, have chosen a lifestyle that is fundamentally at odds with their claim to be Christians. This is a lifestyle choice I am talking about – it is not something genetic, something innate, something inevitable. It is a sin that is so abominable that it [Read More...]

Bill Nye on Child Mortality

HT Tom Bartley on Facebook [Read more...]

Making a Powerful Point Powerfully

When I saw the above, it reminded me of a point I try to emphasize in the second semester of my course “Faith, Doubt, and Reason,” which focuses on utopias and dystopias. It is not enough to have a vision for changing the world. Having an impact depends on how you say what you have to [Read More...]

LEGO Social Mobility

Inequality and social mobility (or lack thereof) in the United States, illustrated with LEGO. HT IO9. [Read more...]

Bootstraps

The quote comes from Eddie Arthur’s post “Poverty Simply Explained” (which also quotes from Terry Pratchett’s novel Men at Arms). [Read more...]

Judging Others

Recently in a conversation I had, I was trying to remember where I saw the conversation below. It came to my attention on Pinterest again and so I thought I’d share it. It makes through anecdotes a general point that I think ought to be obvious: when you judge people for being poor and yet [Read More...]

Socialist Jesus vs. Libertarian Jesus

James Knight, on his blog The Philosophical Muser, posted the above image, with comments to the effect that individual generosity is better than collective generosity. His post reflects the false antithesis that, if a society works together for change, somehow that means individuals are not generous. But can it not rather show (1) that generous [Read More...]

The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Capitalism

Talking about George Orwell's 1984, and the book within the book, is always interesting. But this semester the discussion took some turns that seem to me worth sharing. The book by Emmanuel Goldstein, The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism, is an intentional parody of Marx and Engels' Communist Manifesto. It represents a plan to [Read More...]

Spare Change Shift Change

Today was the second time I’ve seen it with my own eyes. The first time was years ago in Edinburgh. Today it was in Indianapolis. I was passing a spot (in this case, the ramp of the 29th and 30th Street exist from I-65) where one almost always sees someone begging. I saw as one [Read More...]

Economic Pie

An interesting video on income and wealth inequality from The Atlantic. HT Timothy Michael Law [Read more...]


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