How do you finish being angry?

This review of Lawrence Cunningham's The Seven Deadly Sins: A Visitor's Guide is part of the Patheos Book Club, and my copy was free.My college debate group had many aphorisms, one of which was, "All sins are pride."  So I read The Seven Deadly Sins: A Visitor's Guide waiting to see what Cunningham had to say about my sin.  I didn't expect to be caught by his meditation on anger/wrath, which I've always thought of as the most boring sin.Coming from a background of stoicism, I just see ang … [Read more...]

This Doesn’t Look Like a Victory to Me

Over in Patheos's Catholic channel, Thomas McDonald of God and the Machine has run into a couple problem commenters.  Specifically, the kind of atheist who think posting the following in a Christian combox is equivalent to counting coup: The creation story of your own religion involves a man created out of dust who is convinced by his rib-woman wife to eat a magical fruit because a talking snake told her that it would make them like gods. The universe as we know it took much longer than six … [Read more...]

Though this be Contempt, Yet there is Method in it

The Reason Rally didn't have a clear 'ask.' We weren't calling on Congress to pass a particular piece of legislation or demanding a timeline for reform. As a result, news media has a lot of latitude to frame the message of the rally. And most of them took their cue from one of the best known speakers: Richard Dawkins.USA Today's headline was Richard Dawkins to atheist rally: 'Show contempt' for faith.  They didn't include a block quote from him, but offered this summary of his … [Read more...]

In Ira Veritas?

Atheist blogger Greta Christina is taking D.J. Grothe (president of the James Randi Educational Foundation) to task as part of a discussion about sexism and violent rhetoric in the atheist blogosphere.  Like the last time I linked to a Greta Christina post about sexism, I'm not spending  whole post rehashing the discussion, so let me quickly get you up to speed.A person targeting Greta on facebook posted a variety of nasty comments that included a desire to "slap the bitch" and "kick them in … [Read more...]

What Have Stupid People Ever Done to You?

Earlier this week, Bryan Caplan took elites to task for their hatred of the stupid and the ignorant.  He wrote: Out of all the reactions I've heard to Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids, the most disturbing are all variations on "Except stupid people. They shouldn't have kids." I could snark, "You mean people like you?," but that would be dishonest. The latter-day proponents of negative eugenics have reasonably high IQs. But their misanthropy is still morally and economically … [Read more...]