Cloning & Racism

Are opponents to cloning racist? This question came to my mind while watching the science-fiction film The Creation of the Humanoids. The movie is set against a background of a post-nuclear war disaster, which destroyed over ninety percent of humanity; moreover, the human race is no longer able to procreate at a replaceable level because of radiation; so, the population continues to decrease in numbers. As a result, scientists create highly advanced, blue-skinned and silver-eyed humanoids of … [Read more...]

“American Beauty” & the Garden of Eden

The 1999 film American Beauty captured the imaginations of multitudes of Americans. The movie engages American middle class notions of what is deemed beautiful and personally satisfying. The film speaks to me on many levels, including the theme that things are not always as they appear. People live behind white picket fences and rose bushes in beautiful homes; they give the appearance that all is well and everything is in order, when such is not the case. The film also reminds me of how often we … [Read more...]

Kierkegaard: Prune Juice for the Soul

Kierkegaard is good for cleaning out the system. He's like prune juice for the soul. Kierkegaard cleans out the system of dead orthodoxies and bland generalities. The scandal of God’s particular Word Jesus confronts each and all of us and calls for a response of faith. Will we dare to draw near?We cannot hide behind clerical collars and pimp Jesus for profit; bourgeois Christendom must bow the knee to Christ (See my piece, “Can’t Pimp Jesus”). Nor can we hide behind logical syllogisms that ar … [Read more...]

Don’t Spit on God

Nobody is scum or refuse. Every human has inherent dignity and worth as someone created in God’s likeness. When we spit on somebody, we spit on God, for humanity is the spitting image of God.What does it mean to be created in God’s image? Many answers have been given throughout history. Some have spoken of the image in rational terms. Humanity is par excellence the thinking or wise creature (Homo sapiens). On this view, we best image God through reason.  After all, what other creature does Go … [Read more...]

Fears of Science and the Church: Are They All in the Head?

Many religious people are suspicious of significant issues in science. Many people—religious and non-religious alike—reflect suspicions and indifference toward the church (especially among younger people); one of the reasons for many young people leaving the church is the perception that churches appear hostile to science, as a Barna study claims. Could it be that many if not all fears and suspicions of science as well as the church are in the head?Regarding the suspicion of key consi … [Read more...]

Tree Huggers and Puppy Kickers

An Evangelical Environmentalist is not an oxymoron. He happens to be a dear friend of mine named Peter Illyn. His cogent Christian convictions shape his environmentalist positions at every turn and are embodied in his work at Restoring Eden. Still, a Christian once asked him suspiciously, “Are you a tree hugger?” Peter responded: “I would rather be a tree hugger than a puppy kicker.” One Christian retorted when he heard this claim, “I’m a puppy kicker.”How could any Christian self-identify as … [Read more...]

The Qur’an & the Problem of Evil: “A Mother Lode of Bad Ideas”?

Ben Affleck recently engaged in a heated exchange with Bill Maher and Sam Harris on “Real Time.” The heated exchange was the result of Maher and Harris’ harsh, sweeping criticisms of Islam, including Harris’s statement that Islam is a “mother lode of bad ideas” (See here the video of the exchange). Beyond the debate’s appeal given their celebrity status and subject matter, some have found it striking that it is figures like Maher and Harris that are launching such criticisms. One well-known imam … [Read more...]