January 2, 2021

SPOILER WARNING: The Good Place spoilers below. In season 3 of The Good Place, the protagonists discover that no one has actually made it to the good place in roughly 500 years. Initially suspicious that the demons of the bad place have rigged the system, our heroes eventually find the explanation for the problem is actually much less perfidious, though no more comforting. The modern world, it seems, has become so morally complex that virtually every action is morally compromised. While... Read more

November 1, 2020

Recently I posted a rough draft of an essay for the Fall newsletter of my regional Secular Franciscan fraternity.  As I noted, I rewrote the second half of this essay.  It has appeared (and has been be posted here), so I want to share the final draft as well. This summer, the killing of George Floyd by four Minneapolis police officers galvanized a series of demonstrations, protest marches,and occasional riots across the United States. The Black Lives Matter movement, founded... Read more

October 24, 2020

Recently, I was asked to write an essay from my Secular Franciscan region’s quarterly newsletter, similar to the one I wrote a few months ago.  This time I chose the topic of structural racism.  I just submitted the final draft and I will post it here when it appears.  But this one went through a couple major drafts, and I want to salvage for use here an argument that got dropped at my editor’s recommendation.  (Like any good writer, I... Read more

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