Survey hints at the temptation to lie about temptation

Like many people my age, my first introduction to Aristotle's ethics came by way of Thomas Aquinas by way of Billy Batstone's battles against the Seven Deadly Enemies of Man.

Survey respondents readily confessed to being tempted by over-eating, procrastination, laziness and worry, but they were far less inclined to admit to temptation to lie and cheat. This is ironic, given that responding to this survey is, itself, a tempting occasion for lying to make oneself seem less prone or susceptible to temptation. [Read more...]

‘May it never be said … that we merely stood by’


“Since we acknowledge that we have, literally, the power to person-each-other into love — that is, into relationship — we can also acknowledge our power to obliterate dignity, respect, care, and concern for humanity from our world. All of that is within our power.” [Read more...]

Soul freedom, Baptist baptism, and the knowledge of good and evil


James McGrath responds to Jim West’s attempt to play Baptist Enforcer, pointing out that Baptists, by definition, do not and cannot have enforcers. Pretty much the only way to break the rules as a Baptist is to try to enforce them on others. [Read more...]

Does the Universe Have a Purpose? Your vote counts

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We have a say in this. We cannot consider the question “Does the Universe Have a Purpose?” without considering the sub-question “Do I Have a Purpose?” or even the sub-question to that, “Do I Want to Have a Purpose?” Answering “Yes” to that third question means answering “Yes” to the second. And that means — even if only in a very tiny, tiny way — answering “Yes” to the first. [Read more...]

#progGOD: Incarnation and the problem with Aslan


Aslan doesn’t really work as a Jesus figure. The Pevensies may be the sons of Adam and daughters of Eve, but Aslan is not. Narnia, in other words, is an allegory that lacks incarnation. And you can’t have a Christ figure without incarnation. [Read more...]

#progGOD: Why an incarnation?


The creator of ostriches and sea monsters and the horsehead nebula is simply beyond us, beyond our ability to grasp or apprehend. But a person — a human being just like us — that we can understand and relate to and comprehend. Maybe we’ll never be able to understand everything there is to know about God, but maybe we could be shown everything we need to know. [Read more...]

Rolling Jubilee: Proclaim Liberty Throughout all the Land


The Rolling Jubilee is a little picture of the divine economy, leveraging liberation for people enslaved by debts they can never repay. The project “buys debt for pennies on the dollar, but instead of collecting it, abolishes it.” And the destitute hear good news. [Read more...]

Obama and the ‘social justice tradition’ of American Christianity

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Scot McKnight on the difference between the white Social Gospel and the social justice tradition of the black church: “A theology done from the oppressed and for the oppressed is not the same as a theology done from the position of power and privilege.” [Read more...]