This month I will do a series on the notion of privilege. Over the last few years, there has been much discussion about privilege. This attention is well deserved. A solid understanding of what privilege is and how it affects our intergroup relations is valuable for helping us to get along with each other. The problem, as I see it, is that most attempts to discuss privilege are simplistic, and not very helpful. Privilege is not a simple concept. It… Read more

This was reported this week. A student mentioned that there were several Islamic countries that murder sexual minorities. A professor then made an implicit threat of reporting him to something called “Behavioral Intervention Team.” I thought I was living in 2017 and not 1984. To be fair it was clarified by a college office that the Behavioral Intervention Team does not engage in discipline. The professor may have merely wanted to use the scary sounding name to intimidate the student…. Read more

A little while ago I ran across this great article on tribalism in the United States. I do not agree with everything in the article, but much of it jives with my concerns. The dichotomous nature of our current society continues to vex me. As I have written before I fear we are becoming two nations that will struggle to live with each other. Tribalism is as good of a way to describe our inability to work with others with… Read more

One thing that has been circling around my facebook newfeed lately is a “challenge” by Patrick Tomlinson. He believes that he has the scenario that traps pro-lifers in an intellectual conundrum. Since I am a pro-life, let me see if I must bow to his superior thinking. Here is what he put on his Twitter account. “Whenever abortion comes up, I have a question I’ve been asking for ten years now of the ‘Life begins at Conception’ crowd. In ten… Read more

Foreword: I am currently working on a project dealing with developing a Christian community in a post-Christian world. So periodically I will use this blog to look at important elements that I think need to be in that Christian community. This entry is the first one to do that. In a previous post, I discussed my crisis of faith and how my intellectual search saved that faith. I soon realized that the challenge to my faith was emotionally, and not… Read more

I am tired of hearing about Harvey Weinstein. I bet you are as well. If I had my way he would just go away to either jail or exile. In my perfect world, part of his punishment would be that his name be stricken from the lips of any television or radio personality from this day forward. But we are going to hear about him for a while because of the nature of the abuse he perpetuated and the corruption… Read more

Anti-Christian hostility has not significantly increased over the past few decades, but it has gotten wealthier and more prestigious. Read more

This past weekend I attended the first conference of the Foundation for the Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) aimed at faculty members. FIRE’s main mission is the promotion of free speech and academic freedom on college campuses. It is a mission which deeply resonates with what I want to see happening in academia. So even though I am not a member of FIRE, I have been part of the team planning this conference. While I picked up a lot of… Read more

Christians ought to passionate defenders of the religious liberties of others. Read more

When I woke up Monday morning and turned on the television, I was horrified, along with most of the nation, to learn of the mass shooting tragedy that occurred in Las Vegas. As I watched the news shows to get more information, shocked that this madness had visited our country once more, I had another sinking feeling come over me. I knew that I would not get a chance to mourn the event very long before the gun debate would… Read more

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