November 27, 2017

A couple of weeks ago I took on the notion that privilege was a myth and likely pissed off political conservatives. Last week I took on the idea of calling people out for their privilege and likely pissed off political progressives. This week I want to talk about everyone having privilege and disadvantages as well as the responsibilities that go with that reality. I also hope to deconstruct what privilege is and hopefully set parameters for a better conversation on… Read more

November 20, 2017

Last week I took on those who do not tend to take the idea of privilege seriously. This week I take on those who take it seriously, but are also misusing the idea of privilege. In fact the real advantage of using the concept of privilege is to help others comprehend the way some people understand their marginalized social position. In time, and with better communication, we may be able to find solutions to our problems that take into consideration… Read more

November 16, 2017

Men should not sexually harass or assault women. It does not matter whether you agree with me politically or religiously or in any other way. Read more

November 13, 2017

I stated last week that privilege is a useful concept. Of course not everyone feels that way. Indeed, many individuals are invested in the concept of colorblindness as it concerns racial privilege. The argument from colorblindness is that privilege does not exist and is instead merely a tool being used by activists to shut down conversation and to win political concessions. Therefore, attempts to ignore race are seen as the moral path to take in our racial discussions. I am… Read more

November 9, 2017

Last week we saw the terrible terrorist attack in New York City. It reminded us that terrorism is a problem in our society and will continue to be a problem for the foreseeable future. Last month brought us the horrible shooting in Las Vegas. It reminded us that gun violence is going to be a problem in our society for the foreseeable future. After the shooting I blogged about the tendency of some to try to use the emotional event… Read more

November 7, 2017

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

November 3, 2017

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

October 30, 2017

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

October 26, 2017

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

October 24, 2017

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

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