Unequally Yoked Again

I don't plan to discuss this boyfriend here anymore than I did the last one, but the blog title is accurate again.  Two-person bookclubs ahoy! … [Read more...]

It’s Hard to Make Up Marriage

This month, Libby Anne and Dan Finke are asking bloggers to comment on the purpose of marriage as part of their Forward Thinking linkup.  And, in order to try to speak clearly, I'd like to riff off of a recent Modern Love column in the Times, where the unmarried author shared his experience officiating a friend's wedding.Because it was a secular wedding, the officiant and his friends had a lot of flexibility with the how of the ceremony, but the author of the essay seemed to be frighteningly … [Read more...]

Can We Play Not-Nicely Better, Please?

And speaking of sparing feelings without pulling punches, there's been a donnybrook going between Tom McDonald (Catholic) and Hemant Mehta (atheist) and JT Eberhard waded in yesterday.  I'm not planning to tag in exactly, but I would like to suggest that they have a slightly different fight.Both Tom's original post mocking atheism and Hemant and JT's rejoinder seemed pitched particularly to their own sides, so, even though the posts got pretty heated, it has kind of the effect of a flurry of … [Read more...]

Am I enabling blasphemy?

While the commenting system changes over, some disputes in the content of the comments stay the same.  And there was a recent tete-a-tete I'd think needs a post worth of response.  In Cam's reply/objection to Scott's essay on suffering and optimal search strategies, Cam went through a couple of the usual objections to theodicy and then exclaimed: Why are there multiple types of suffering? Is your deity a sadistic fuckhead? Let’s accept all of the arguments offered by the author. This entire syst … [Read more...]

Comments will be wonky for a little while

It's going Patheos-wide, so comments may unexpectedly appear and reappear over the next 24 hours.  Post bug reports, complaints, suggestions here, and I will try to pass them along.  Thanks for your patience team! UPDATE: We are apparently in the upper percentiles of chatty Cathy Patheos blogs, so the transition for Unequally Yoked is being pushed to the weekend. … [Read more...]

“For he is like a refiner’s fire!”

Friend of the blog Scott Hebert has written an article for Patheos titled "Metaphysical Annealing: Empirical Science, Suffering, and God." Let this be the first of many theological essays that talk about local vs global optima as a way to talk about theodicy. I've skipped some of Scott's background/analogy building in my choice of blockquote, because I think the terms may already be recognizable to readers of the blog, but do pop over to see the whole thing. What is our search mechanism? Our liv … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (4/5/13)

--- 1 --- While we've been discussing ways to tweak the comment sections chez moi, regular commenter Gilbert has put together a hacky fix to make comments a little easier to read (new comments are highlighted, comments are collapsible, etc).  You can read how to install it yourself at his blog. --- 2 --- Via TYWKIWDBI, a video on how marbles are made.  (The second method is the one I learned in college!)--- 3 --- This is the best solution I've heard in a while for the tendency of jo … [Read more...]