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February 10, 2019
What Can We Do Now That There Is No God?
Several weeks into the new year, I am for the first time getting to teach...
February 06, 2019
Is Christianity a System of Belief or a Way of Life?
I have been accused frequently over the past several weeks by commenters on my blog...
February 02, 2019
The Super Bowl and the F-Word
The Super Bowl is upon us! As an avid Patriots fan, I feel perfectly comfortable...
January 17, 2019
Know Your Bible, and Know Your Greek Mythology
During summer orientation for freshmen, I often help the director of the Honors Program on...
January 15, 2019
We Have Met the Nazis, and They are Us
We ought not to hide from ourselves that Nazi Germany is a mirror for all...
January 03, 2019
Paying Attention to What’s Behind the Curtain
Not long ago I led a seminar with a number of colleagues from the Honors...
December 06, 2018
Does the Word of God Settle Everything?
I recently had a brief, unproductive exchange in the comment section of this blog with...
December 04, 2018
The Taming of Christmas, and How to Make it Wild Again
Just when you thought you had heard and read it all . . . "If...
November 29, 2018
Trailing Clouds of Glory, We Come From God
As we approach the Advent and Christmas seasons, I am in a forward-looking and hopeful...
November 27, 2018
This is Why I am Not an Atheist
Despite my consistent self-description as a “person of faith,” I have been accused occasionally over...
November 25, 2018
Does Christianity Solve the Problem of Evil? (spoiler alert: no, it doesn’t)
In the six-plus years that I’ve been writing this blog, I’ve occasionally been asked what...
November 18, 2018
Welcoming the Stranger
I was a stranger, and you welcomed me. Matthew 25:35 Over the past couple of weeks...
November 11, 2018
Teach Us to Care and Not to Care
I began Election Day last Tuesday at the gym, riding the stationary bike for an...
November 09, 2018
Am I My Neighbor’s Keeper?
Thanks to the caravan of refugees moving north, President Trump's choice to stoke up fears...
November 02, 2018
Spreading the Good News of Atheism
Last week, my blog post about what atheists and persons of faith can agree on...
October 31, 2018
Halloween Jesus or Fire-Insurance Policy Jesus?
One Sunday, toward the end of a particularly lively and deep seminar with my “Living...
October 23, 2018
Assisting the Absent God: Helping to Repair a Broken World
Every once in a while someone posts a comment on my blog that reminds me...
October 21, 2018
The Chapel and the Man Cave: Bridging the Gap Between Faith and Intellect
About a month ago I received an email from my friend Marsue, brief and to...
October 16, 2018
Why Rich People Can’t Get Into the Kingdom of Heaven, and other inconvenient truths
Dear Dr. Morgan: I’m writing to let you know that I won’t be in class...
October 14, 2018
What People of Faith and Atheists Can Agree On
About half way through the 1989 film “Field of Dreams,” Ray Kinsella (played by Kevin...
September 30, 2018
Putting Out the Welcome Mat: Who is Welcome at Your Place of Worship?
In her wonderful book Take This Bread, Sara Miles describes a conversation she had with...
September 23, 2018
When an Atheist Finds Out That There is More Than One Kind of Christian
One of the many things that make teaching a rewarding vocation is receiving unsolicited testimonials...
September 16, 2018
The Unexamined Faith Is Not Worth Having
He lived over two millennia ago, and as far as we know he never wrote...
September 13, 2018
The Sun, the Moon, and Prayer
Shortly before the 2013 conclave that would elect him as Pope Francis I, then Cardinal...
September 11, 2018
Seventeen Years Ago Today
Two years ago, the fifteenth anniversary of 9/11 fell on a Sunday. The priest of...
September 06, 2018
What the Author Meant May Not Matter
At the beginning of a seminar on the books of Exodus and Job from the...
September 04, 2018
Whatever Prayer Is For, It Isn’t That
A week ago, the small Episcopal church that I frequently attend moved its morning services...
August 19, 2018
Wrestling With the Story
In Lies We Believe Abut God, Wm. Paul Young (author of The Shack) tells the...
August 14, 2018
Remember You are Dust
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