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April 13, 2014
A Lens on Killing and Forgiveness
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, and, over at The New York...
March 27, 2014
World Vision, Bad Science, and Living Death Sentences
Here's the round-up of the posts I've done this week at The American Conservative, starting with...
October 01, 2013
Warfare “as obscene as cancer”
During the debate over the proper response to Syria's use of chemical weapons, I kept...
June 13, 2013
A Dicey Way Out of Dilemmas
In response to yesterday's post on breaking promises, KristeninDallas made an alternate suggestion: I'm not...
May 09, 2013
The Self-Inflicted Wound of the Torturer
In C.S. Lewis's Of Other Worlds, most of the selections in the book are critical essays,...
January 30, 2013
What should we be hurt by?
Poking around the internet, I ran across two interesting articles that seemed to be linked...
November 12, 2012
The Day After Veterans Day
Veterans Day occurred yesterday in the U.S. It's a federal holiday for the recognition of...
October 29, 2012
What Freedom from Moral Sensibilities Feels Like
Writing for The Chronicle of Higher Education, Kevin Dutton underwent transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to...
October 25, 2012
Why Won’t Candidates Run on This Life Issue?
This week, as part of Election Month at Patheos, the prompt for bloggers is: What...
September 06, 2012
If you can’t take the heat, turn into a tardigrade!
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent" is a quote that is...
August 10, 2012
Offering Loving Resistance [Sequence Index]
In July 2012, Patheos sent me a copy of Logan Mehl-Laituri's memoir Reborn on the...
July 19, 2012
Brave Enough to Kill
The Pentagon is considering awarding Distinguished Warfare Medals to drone pilots and Glen Greenwald is...
July 16, 2012
What Can You Do in the War?
Given the way our discussion of pacifism has meandered over to a debate about martyrdom,...
July 06, 2012
Can Lethal Resistance be Loving?
I quite enjoyed reading Logan Mehl-Laituri's Reborn on the 4th of July for the Patheos...
April 29, 2012
Beware of [YA Dystopias] Bearing Gifts?
This post contains vague spoilers for the Hunger Games trilogy. I'm speaking in generalities about...
February 27, 2012
Moral Intuitions Quiz: Lobotomized Meat
Remember you can vote once per day for the About.com Atheism Awards. I'm one of...
November 17, 2011
Isn’t that Sweeney there beside you?
I'm in transit today. It's the weekend of the Harvard-Yale football game, and I'm headed...
November 16, 2011
Not Even if it’s the Right Thing to Do
So after kicking around the idea of sin-eating -- trying to take on the burden...
November 15, 2011
Assenting to Sin
If someone has made up their mind to do something evil, is there any benefit...
November 14, 2011
Harry Potter Spoilers and Ethical Quandaries in this Post
I'd like to expand the discussion on taking on the burden of someone else's sin...
November 09, 2011
More on the Damnably Foolish Virgins
UPDATE: there are Harry Potter spoilers in the comments section. If this is a problem...
June 19, 2011
Update on Church Vandalism Fundraising
Hermant Mehta of Friendly Atheist has ended his atheist fundraiser to help two churches that...
May 02, 2011
Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth
Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thy heart be glad when he...
May 01, 2011
William Lane Craig and I (briefly) Agree!
P.Z. Myers has a post up lambasting Christian apologist William Lane Craig for his defense...
April 21, 2011
Only Bad Catholics Go to Hell?
That's one possible consequence of the doctrine of invincible ignorance we were discussing yesterday. If...
March 30, 2011
Play it Again: God’s Genocides
This is a new feature for the site, where I'm going to try to pull...
March 23, 2011
How Should I Call Out Nasty Atheists?
In a post earlier today, I disagreed with the conclusions of Jen Fulwiler's critique of...
November 16, 2010
Dirty Hands and Drone Strikes (Part 2)
This post is a LONG overdue response to Peter Somerville, who had some questions about...
October 09, 2010
Dirty Hands and Drone Strikes
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