Author: jrcowles

Subsidizing Original Sin

Subsidizing Original Sin

Spirituality
Skepticism is the chastity of the intellect, and it is shameful to surrender it too soon or to the first comer: there is nobility in preserving it coolly and proudly through long youth, until at last, in the ripeness of instinct and discretion, it can be safely exchanged for fidelity and happiness. -- George Santayana There are not many tenets of orthodox Christianity in which I still believe.  But one of the few such – it may well be the only one – to which,at least  in some cognate form, I still subscribe is the doctrine of Original Sin.  Yea and verily!  I even believe that Original Sin is inherited in being passed down from parent to child, very much in the tradition of St. Augustine.  (I do demur from Augustine’s conclusion that the heritability of sin renders sexual intercours
Counting the Cost … Or … Well … Maybe Not

Counting the Cost … Or … Well … Maybe Not

Challenge, Christianity, Discernment, Disciples of Christ, Ideology, Luke, Religion, Scripture, Skeptic, Spirituality
Skepticism is the chastity of the intellect, and it is shameful to surrender it too soon or to the first comer: there is nobility in preserving it coolly and proudly through long youth, until at last, in the ripeness of instinct and discretion, it can be safely exchanged for fidelity and happiness. -- George Santayana We live in an age of religious radicalism when many sects, some quite powerful, not only do not seek to avoid martyrdom, but seem to court it as a badge of honor.  Yes, I mean (radical / jihadist) Islam.  But I do not mean just radical / jihadist Islam.  There are equally extreme fundamentalist Christian sects, professedly friendly to the state of Israel, that actively agitate, both in this country and there, to promote the exile of the Palestinians from the West Bank and
Of Dead-Weasel Toupees And Homophobia

Of Dead-Weasel Toupees And Homophobia

Christianity, Consitution, Discernment, Essay, GLBT, Jim Cowles, Philosophy, Politics, Sexuality, Skeptic, Spirituality
Skepticism is the chastity of the intellect, and it is shameful to surrender it too soon or to the first comer: there is nobility in preserving it coolly and proudly through long youth, until at last, in the ripeness of instinct and discretion, it can be safely exchanged for fidelity and happiness. -- George Santayana In opposition to civil rights for LGBTQ people, conservatives often advance the argument that, whereas civil rights legislation for African-Americans is justified on the basis that one is not free to choose one’s race, civil rights legislation for LGTBQ people is not justified because homosexuality – at least, so the allegation goes – is something people choose.  So, the argument proceeds, legislation prohibiting discrimination against African-Americans in matters of housi