The International Secular

by Marc Schaus For anyone currently following the secular movements happening all over North America and the world at large – we have some important new developments to talk about. There have now been many (read: many) secular milestones of 2017 thus far, all over the world, yet there’s actually a chance that several of them could be news to you. And if you’re surfing this side of Patheos, probably good news. Depending on where you happen to get your… Read more

See Me

Inside Out, The People’s Art Project: A Global Art Project Transforming Messages of Personal Identity in Works of Art Let’s talk plaque psoriasis. If you don’t suffer from this devastating immune skin disease, you need to know that it raises scales of inflamed skin in unpredictable parts of the body with incessant irritability. An illness such as this, like any that changes our appearance in front of others, also changes how others may see us, or how we think others… Read more

There Is No Normal

Just as you lose yourself in astonishment, the anesthetic of familiarity will drag you back to the illusion of normal. Too bad. Read more

Toward a Post-Lies Future

Caption: Trumpocchio Head of Donald Trump___________________________________________________________________ DONALD TRUMP is our first post-truth president. And he may well be the first of many. The Oxford Dictionaries website chose “post-truth” as its 2016 word of the year, in large part due to Trump’s success in the presidential election. It defined post-truth as “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” (Incidentally, the 2015 word of the year… Read more

Trump Rescinds Trans Youth Rights: Helped by Christians and Atheists

Yesterday, the Trump Administration reversed former President Obama’s federal extension of Title IX protections to trans teens in schools and they had help from Christians and Atheists. As a parent of a transgender teen, this hits close to home. I took the picture in this article at the Baltimore Convention Center. I was there at an Anime convention with my son. It was the first time either of us saw a gender neutral bathroom and we were both very happy. Last… Read more

Collaborative Truth-Seeking

Caption: Arguing people (Kick-ads, used with permission) Written by Dr. Gleb Tsipursky, Intentional Insights Co-Founder and President. ________________________________________________________________ We frequently use debates to resolve different opinions about the truth. However, debates are not always the best course for figuring out the truth. In more emotionally charged situations, the technique of collaborative truth-seeking is often better. The Problem with Debates The usual method of hashing out disagreements in order to discover the truth about reality is through debates, in person or… Read more

Not What Things Seem to Be

  My father has Alzheimer’s Disease for probably more than five years now. We are not quite sure when it all started. The track of these last five years has so inextricably changed the dynamics of our family, as it does in all those who bear the burden of this disease. In some ways, we are grappling how Alzheimer’s has taken hostage our relationship with our father and husband of my mother, how the way we loved each other, held… Read more

Preserving Our Democracy on Valentine’s Day

  Caption: Photograph of author and wife on Valentine’s Day outing (Image courtesy of Gleb Tsipursky)     ___________________________________________________________________   On this upcoming Valentine’s Day, my wife and I decided to avoid traditional gifts such as fancy candy for her or a bottle of nice liquor for me in favor of making gifts that help preserve our democracy.   Both of us have been intensely worried by the claims Donald Trump made immediately after the election, and continuing to date,… Read more

The Broken Sexual Ethic of Faith and My First Time

I enjoy sex. I enjoy it a lot. I have a very healthy view and expression of it in my 40’s. I used to feel a lot of guilt over it, but so much of that was a conditioned response to the broken sexual ethic of Christians. Being raised in a Catholic family with some Baptists, a young charismatic who would become an evangelical youth pastor and then a progressive minister, I have seen a taste of it all. In… Read more

I’m Sorry For My Part In Creating The Monster And I Hope You Forgive Me

A few hours ago I watched with slim hope and then great sadness as I saw Betsy DeVos become the Education Secretary. I then had to acknowledge that my former role as a minister helped create not only her, but the entire current administration. It is a hard pill to swallow, but it is something I have to own and apologize for. I had a part in creating the monsters, and I am sorry. As a young conservative evangelical youth… Read more