October 6, 2019

A fantastic quote from one of Martin Luther King Jr’s sermons “Love in Action” on how slavery was propagated. “Slavery in America was perpetuated not merely by human badness, but also by human blindness. True, the causal basis for the system of slavery must to a large extent be traced back to the economic factor. Men convinced themselves that a system that was so economically profitable must be morally justifiable.” He goes on to say that “men conveniently twisted the insights… Read more

September 26, 2019

Episode 2 is here! This episode features a conversation with Randal Rauser. Randal is a systematic and analytic theologian, Associate Professor of Historical Theology at Taylor Seminary in Edmonton, and author of several books including An Atheist and a Christian Walk into a Bar, which was definitely source of inspiration for my and Adam’s book Meta. Besides giving our book a nice blurb, Randal hosted Adam and I on his podcast and at his home in Edmonton. We also had… Read more

August 27, 2019

Episode 1 is here! My podcast, like my blog, features the big questions; served with swagger. Science, philosophy, psychology, religion, well-being – the big questions and how these all intersect – the aim of my writing is ultimately the aim of my podcast. The genesis of this podcast ultimately originated from my interest in these areas and some very cool live conversations I’ve been part of with other writers, philosophers, and theologians (and a/theologians). The first episode of the Soapbox Redemption podcast… Read more

August 16, 2019

After having some very cool conversations with other authors, philosophers, and theologians, I’ve decided to timestamp these conversations and launch the Soapbox Redemption podcast. The vibe of the podcast will follow that of my blog; the big questions, served with swagger. Topics will include philosophy, religion, science, well-being, and culture. I’ve already snagged some very cool guests in my friend and coauthor Adam Lee (from the Patheos Nonreligious channel), James McGrath (another Patheos Progressive Christian) Massimo Pigliucci (philosopher and author), and… Read more

June 29, 2019

“Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.” It’s a moving line, allegedly by Thoreau (pictured left), but it’s actually misquoted. Though the first and second parts of the quote are similar in nature, the misquotation may very well be a blending of Henry David Thoreau’s Walden and Oliver Wendell Holmes “The Voiceless”. The first part is definitely from Thoreau’s Walden: “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What… Read more

May 5, 2019

I remember hearing a shortened version of this beautiful poem from a moving scene in the movie Coach Carter. The full version is actually taken from author, speaker, and activist Marianne Williamson’s (who’s also running as a 2020 Democratic nominee for Presidency) poem “Our Deepest Fear” from her book Return to Love. Incredibly moving words that ring close to one of my favorite verses, Matthew 5:14-16: You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be… Read more

March 16, 2019

Adam and I had a very fun discussion on James McGrath’s ReligionProf Podcast. We had the privilege of meeting James at our exchange at Butler University, where he is a Religion Professor. Many of you know also know James as he’s a fellow Patheos Progressive blogger. It’s been a real privilege to have been able to meet James, not to mention collaborate with fellow Patheos bloggers in person (James @ Religion Prof, Adam @ Daylight Atheism), along with continuing the… Read more

November 25, 2018

Earlier this year I wrote about MLK Jr on a Christian humanism which inspired me to do this follow up post on the past, present, and future of humanism. MLK Jr’s call, in “Letters from a Birmingham Jail”, was to the Church, but specifically church leadership, in turning a blind eye to racial segregation and failing to take non-violent action. It was his view that this was the ultimate failure of actualizing the call of the Teacher; that a Christianity without a… Read more

October 24, 2018

The Meta tour continues! Adam and I are back it with another double header in my hometown. We’re up first at Butler University on Thursday at 7pm. Our discussion, “A Christian Humanist, a Secular Humanist, and a Theologian: On God, the Big Questions, and Ending Human Trafficking”, will be moderated by Dr. Charles Allen, theologian, Episcopal priest, and chaplain of Grace Unlimited, the Episcopal/Lutheran Campus Ministry at Butler. On Friday, we’re at Crosspoint Church in Fishers at 7pm. Our discussion,… Read more

August 6, 2018

Another one from Rollins on the idea of belief as subjective “participation”. The question of “Does God exist?” is frequently debated in philosophical form, abstract and impersonal, on how it is more/less logical to posit God as the source of existence. For Christianity, though, this ultimately misses the mark. “However, from a  Christological perspective, the question itself, which everyone seems to take for granted, now comes to signify something else entirely. Instead of the words, Do you believe in God? meaning… Read more

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