What’s Underappreciated About Your Tradition? [2015 ITT]

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This is part of the 2015 Ideological Turing Test series, where Christians and non-Christians test how well they understand one another.  In this first round, Christians answer the prompts honestly, and atheists try to answer them as they expect the Christians to.  Your job is to see if you can spot the difference.  You can find all posts about the 2015 Ideological Turing Test here. Below are answers to the question: What is an element of your tradition that is underappreciated by your … [Read more...]

Why Should Your Tradition Be Trusted? [2015 ITT]

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This is part of the 2015 Ideological Turing Test series, where Christians and non-Christians test how well they understand one another.  In this first round, Christians answer the prompts honestly, and atheists try to answer them as they expect the Christians to.  Your job is to see if you can spot the difference.  You can find all posts about the 2015 Ideological Turing Test here. Below are answers to the question: Why, in a world of many splintered sects, should *your* tradition be trus … [Read more...]

What Sin is at the Root of All Sins? [2015 ITT]

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This is part of the 2015 Ideological Turing Test series, where Christians and non-Christians test how well they understand one another.  In this first round, Christians answer the prompts honestly, and atheists try to answer them as they expect the Christians to.  Your job is to see if you can spot the difference.  You can find all posts about the 2015 Ideological Turing Test here. Below are answers to the question: What sin (if any) lies at the root of all other sin? And why?You can … [Read more...]

2015 Ideological Turing Test [Index Post]

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A conventional Turing Test checks whether a computer program can convincingly counterfeit human conversation.  An Ideological Turing Test checks whether someone can convincingly imitate the beliefs and reasoning of someone they disagree with.  It's a way to see how well you understand the ideas you would like to debunk.This year, I looked through your suggested questions for a Christian/Non-Christian (mostly atheist) Ideological Turing Test, and these are the questions I asked contestants to … [Read more...]

Running the numbers on autism, welfare reform, and exonerations

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While you're reading this, I will quasi-not exist.  (I'm on a plane to New Zealand, and, as a consequence of the International Date Line, I won't have a Thursday this week).I'm off to speak at the Eucharistic Convention in Auckland and do a Theology on Tap in Sydney. Next week. I'll be running this year's Ideological Turing Test (entries appearing MWF), so stay tuned.In the meantime, here's a rundown of what I've been covering for my new job at FiveThirtyEight:  Kansas Welfare … [Read more...]

Anselm Lived at the *Wrong* Scale [Saints Bookclub]

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In 2015, I’m reading and blogging through Ronald Knox’s collection of sermons on Christian exemplars, Captive Flames: On Selected Saints and Christian Heroes.  Every Monday, I’ll be writing about the next portrait in the book, so you’re welcome to peruse them all and/or read along.Reading Ronald Knox's sermon on St Anselm, I was reminded of my own confirmation saint, Augustine.  In Augustine's time, priests sometimes detoured to avoid cities that had a bishop-vacancy, out of fear that the … [Read more...]

Help me pack books for my trip Down Under!

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Wednesday afternoon, I'm getting on a plane for New Zealand.  I'll be speaking at the Auckland Eucharistic Convention and doing a Theology on Tap in Sydney.It's a very long series of flights, plus my mom (who's travelling with me) and I like to walk in parks and pause to read when we travel, so I could use some recommendations for what I take on my kindle.Here's what I've already got that I'm planning to read:Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie (on loan from the library) Rationality: F … [Read more...]


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