Sinful Supremacy

  Steve Wiggins wrote the above in a recent blog post. Click through to read the whole thing. [Read more…]

Welcoming Strangers, Finding Brothers and Sisters

There are several upcoming events in Indianapolis related to refugees and justice, a subject that has been very much on my mind, as I’ll be teaching a course that will run over the entirety of the next academic year, in parallel with the Butler Seminar on Religion and Global Affairs, the theme of which for [Read More…]

iPhone to Healthcare Calculator

Let me start by saying that Jeff Carter has rewritten a famous Fanny Crosby hymn to reflect the view that many conservative Evangelicals in the United States have about healthcare. Here is a snippet: Listen America, people are dying, but the rich and the well should not be enslaved. The sick and the poor, they’re all just [Read More…]

Green Lights and Privilege

Everyone gets frustrated sometimes when they are in a hurry and they encounter a red light. But some people get frustrated every time they encounter a red light. (You know who you are.) I realized recently (yes, while stopped at a red light) that this is a perfect illustration of privilege (or “advantage” if you prefer [Read More…]

Trolley Problem Memes

I mentioned the possibility that “The Skittles Problem” might replace “The Trolley Problem” as the go-to illustration in ethics classes. I am now almost certain that it won’t – unless we get as many amazing Skittles problem memes as there are trolley problem memes. Take a look at this sampling below, which is just a collection of [Read More…]

The Skittles Problem

I apologize for the language in this Facebook post, but it seemed worth sharing. I could see the Skittles problem replacing the trolley problem as the go-to ethics thought experiment in coming years… [Read more…]

A Call to Repentance #BlackLivesMatter #TerenceCrutcher

The above video is by a former Tulsa police chief. Please watch it for an insider’s perspective on the background and context to the most recent shooting of an unarmed black man with his hands in the air. If white people who try to justify the shooting of an unarmed man will not listen to [Read More…]

The Immorality of “Pro Life”

I’m not sure why it took me so long to realize that the so-called “pro life” stance is, for the most part, a con, a scam, a diabolical deception. Perhaps it was the recent discussion on many blogs about voting for the “lesser of two evils” that clued in my subconscious on some level. The claim is that, [Read More…]

An Appointment With Indifference

On Facebook, Diana Butler Bass shared the following words of pastor Jeremy Rutledge: A black man lay at the side of the road and we looked the other way passed by like a priest with somewhere else to be walked on like a Levite who had an appointment with indifference. It didn’t happen to us [Read More…]

Your Black Lives Matter To Me

I happen to live in a neighborhood where most of my neighbors have much darker skin than I do. I wish more of my city were like my street. Demographic maps based on census data show that my city’s neighborhoods, like most, tend not to be diverse. Even if it were not my friends and [Read More…]