Are You Suffering From Post-Trumpatic Stress Disorder?

People on my campus are in a funk. The mood is somber, melancholic. Today, a colleague made reference to PTSD – “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder” – and I realized right away that the acronym could be adapted to fit the current situation perfectly. We have “Post-Trumpatic Stress Disorder.” I had lunch with a colleague yesterday, [Read More…]

Why Hillary Clinton Lost

My friend Tony Paganelli wrote the following on Facebook, and I thought that it needs to be read widely, so with his permission, I am sharing it here. I think of myself as a student of politics, but I was very wrong about yesterday. I read all the data. I studied polls. But how were [Read More…]

The Election Wasn’t Rigged. Now What?

I had hoped to be writing a very different blog post this morning. But the election results are in, and Donald Trump has been elected the next president of the United States. The New York Times is still showing Hillary Clinton as having won the popular vote. And so discussions about reform of the electoral [Read More…]

Fact Checking Politics and History

I constantly tell my students that the skills they learn in my classes are transferable, and so even if they are not especially interested in the subject matter, the things they learn to do are applicable to other areas of life. As we near the end of this election season, I am struck by how [Read More…]

Beyond Two-Party America

I felt both proud and ashamed as I listened to Butler students share their feelings about the upcoming election yesterday evening. In a fantastic panel discussion, religion majors (joined by a political science professor for this panel, moderated by a religion professor) expressed the enthusiasm which they brought to this first time they will have the [Read More…]

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton: Perspectives from Science and Science Fiction

This election has witnessed a lot of firsts. Most recent, as of my writing this, is that the Clergy Letter Project has endorsed a presidential candidate for the first time. You won’t be surprised that the candidate in question is Hillary Clinton. I gather than Donald Trump did not respond to their questionnaire, but Hillary Clinton did. [Read More…]

Calvin’s God as Smoking Father

Jonathan Bernier made the remark above on Facebook, and I asked for permission to share it. The context was a discussion of Calvinism’s view that God creates some humans expressly for the purpose of being tormented for eternity – something which, if a human being did it, would be considered horrifically immoral. [Read more…]

Retelling Romans 3:1-20

So what then is the advantage of being a Christian? What value is there in being part of this group? Much – in every respect. First of all, Christians have been entrusted with teachings inspired by God. Then what happens if some of them are not faithful to God? Their faithlessness doesn’t nullify God’s faithfulness, [Read More…]

Competing to become Pope

Several bits of humor have come my way all at once, and so I thought I should share them in a round-up. First, via The Lead I learned of this parody: March Madness Vatican Edition: Sweet Sistine! Michael Barber shared this Lutheran Satire video, the gameshow Choose Your Pope: Finally, on Facebook Brent Hege shared [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…]