“You Had One Job, God” (And You Blew It).

Why do we often see the line "You had one job" (implied: and you blew it) on the Internet today? Often, you will find memes with this line captioning signs bearing misspellings, wrong directions, and false advertisements. Humor aside, are we playing the absentee judge or omnipresent and omniscient cynic today--perhaps more than ever?We might go so far as to think or say, "You had one job, God" (implied: and you blew it). Perhaps we think God was to make us happy, and instead he did just the … [Read more...]

The Art of Resilience—Like Bamboo in a Typhoon

One of the most moving depictions I have come across in literature is John Steinbeck’s closing in Grapes of Wrath.[1] There one of the Oklahoman migrants to California during the Great Depression has just given birth to a stillborn baby. Yet she (Rose of Sharon) takes it upon herself to breastfeed a starving man who had sought shelter with her family in a barn. Here is Steinbeck: For a minute Rose of Sharon sat still in the whispering barn. Then she hoisted her tired body up and drew the comfort … [Read more...]

What Is Needed to Live Out the Christian Religion in a Religiously Plural and Global Age? A Whole Lot of “Ortho” (But not the Weed Killer Kind)

What is needed to live out the Christian religion in a religiously plural and global age? Quite simply, we need to think globally with virtuous passions in our multi-faith world. Or to put it in “ortho” terms—not to be confused with the weed killer “Ortho” (“ortho” is a Greek prefix meaning “straight” “right,” “correct”), we need to operate according to a robust and holistic framework involving orthodoxy (right teaching), orthopraxy (right practice), and orthopathy (right passion). The Christian … [Read more...]

Selective Hearing: How Do We Move Beyond Party Lines in Public Discourse?

I wonder how often debates sway people politically and religiously. Take for example last night's Presidential debate. Many conservatives thought Donald Trump won and many liberals thought Hillary Clinton won. Could it be selective hearing? We tend to hear those things we wish to hear, and champion whoever and whatever promotes our ad-vantage point.Whether it is politics or religion, we tend to hear what we want to hear. Moreover, it is often the case that we cannot wait for the other party … [Read more...]

Religion–The Problem of Evil?

Is contemporary philosophy and theology primarily about evil/theodicy (theories of evil and morality in the universe) or epistemology (theories of knowing)? Many will argue that epistemology is the focus; however, some maintain that theodicy is the focus.[1]Susan Neiman argues that for many philosophers in the Enlightenment and post-Enlightenment eras, evil threatens human reason; it does not make sense. While some Moderns claimed that we must make evil intelligible, others argued that we … [Read more...]

Multi-Faith Trauma: How to Become Resilient in a Religiously Plural World, OR America Is No Longer a Christian Nation—We Need to Deal with It. (Part One)

I remember a Wiccan leader saying in my world religions class that Christians find it hard to fathom that Pagans are back, although Christians tried to stamp them out in the States and Europe. While Christians have caused a lot of trauma for Pagans in trying to wipe them out in the past, which grieves me, Christians have also experienced a great deal of trauma over the centuries as a result of persecution. Such persecution is not a thing of the past, as many Christians suffer greatly for their … [Read more...]

I Pledge Allegiance to Unity and Justice: Thoughts on the National Anthem Controversy

America’s Founding Fathers signed the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787. Every September, our country honors this event that signifies the birth of our nation as a government of, for and by the people.Americans are encouraged to commemorate the day through learning exercises and parades, among other activities that involve “demonstrations of our Love for the United State of America and the Blessings of Freedom Our Founding Fathers secured for us.” http://www.constitutionday.com/How … [Read more...]