Evil As Signal of Transcendence

Evil As Signal of TranscendenceI admit it; I'm obsessed with evil. Not doing it, of course, but understanding it. It seems to me that evil is a basic fact of reality as we live and experience it. Evil is. And to call it anything other than evil, such as "harmful," is to betray it, to minimize it, to fail to do it full justice. Yes, this is another go 'round in my debate with atheism. One atheist interlocutor here recently admitted that "evil" is a term he would prefer to avoid because of … [Read more...]

Illegal Immigration of Children: The Underlying Problem Nobody Seems to Talk About

Illegal Immigration of Children: The Underlying Problem Nobody Seems to Talk AboutAccording to news reports, about sixty thousand unaccompanied children have arrived in the U.S. from Central America via Mexico in the last one to two years. Some have died in the desert attempting to cross the border alone. Many are being smuggled to the border by "mules" who charge their families large amounts of money. (Why this is not being labeled a form of human trafficking by anyone is curious.) Once the … [Read more...]

Can Atheism Support Ethical Absolutes? Is Ethics without Absolutes Enough?

Can Atheism Support Ethical Absolutes? Is Ethics without Absolutes Enough?Whenever I comment on atheism here, atheists who otherwise pay no attention to this blog flock here to respond. Often, I believe, they have either misunderstood or intentionally misrepresent my points. Also, often, they misdirect the discussion by appealing to "bad Christians" and/or "good atheists."My point has never been that atheists are bad people or automatically do bad things because they are atheists. Nor … [Read more...]

Some Thoughts about the Current Accreditation Kerfuffle (and Academic Freedom)

Some Thoughts about the Current Accreditation Kerfuffle (and Academic Freedom)I love the word "kerfuffle" but don't use it often enough. I happen to believe that, at least in America, we are reducing our vocabulary to too few words. I recently heard that one needs only 500 English words to engage in English conversation. But there are so many great words in English—like "kerfuffle." Let's all stretch our vocabularies to include unusual but descriptive words.Recently a professor at a u … [Read more...]

There Are No Atheists in Foxholes…Or Anywhere?

There Are No Atheists in Foxholes…Or Anywhere?According to journalist Nury Vittachi, writing for the web site Science 2.0 (Google it), "Scientists discover that atheists might not exist, and that's not a joke." Of course, the "joke" is the old saying "There are no atheists in foxholes"—meaning under threat of death everyone prays to some god.Vittachi's essay reports on the studies of atheist scientist Graham Lawton (writing in New Scientist) that indicate everyone is hard wired to bel … [Read more...]

A Few Words about this Blog…

A Few Words about this Bog and My Policies and Practices Regarding Posting Comments and Responding to ThemEvery once in a while I interrupt the "flow" of posting my theological musings here to comment about discussions in this space. If you intend to contribute to the discussion with a comment or question, please observe the following rules of thumb:1) This is my space and no one has a "right" to have their comment or question posted here. I moderate the discussion and decide which … [Read more...]

Arminianism FAQ 5 (Everything You Always Wanted to Know…)

Arminianism FAQ 5 (Everything You Always Wanted to Know…)This is the final installment of this series. I realize that I will not have answered every conceivable questions about Arminianism. "FAQ" means "frequently asked questions," but not even every frequently asked question about Arminianism can be answered in one series such as this. Readers should realize that these are my answers, not necessarily the answers every Arminian would give. However, I have been researching, speaking and w … [Read more...]


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