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This Is A VERY DELICATE “Skeptic’s” Column To Write

This Is A VERY DELICATE “Skeptic’s” Column To Write

Archetypes, Christ Child, Christian Church, Christianity, Church, community, culture, Discernment, Ethics, fables, faith, Fear, God, Hebrew Scripture, image of God, Judaism, Kierkegaard, Luke, Myth, Religion, Scripture, The Divine, Theology, Uncategorized, violence
Seriously. So I’m going to take a little time to say what my intent is not. First of all, my intent is not to ridicule Christianity. Sincere critique is one thing:  I agree with Sam Harris, who says, early in The End of Faith, that religious propositions and principles should be no more immune from searching critique than any other type of propositions. But ridicule is something different. So my purpose is not to ridicule. Rather, my purpose in writing as below is very simple:  I have questions. That’s all. Just questions. To orthodox – lower-case “o” – believers, these questions may be, probably will be, at least somewhat uncomfortable to contemplate. But I also believe that no question should be literally un-ask-able. Progress often comes from asking uncomfortable questions. (Like...
Guns, Planes, And The Second Amendment

Guns, Planes, And The Second Amendment

14th Amendment, citizenship, civics, conservatism, Consitution, critical judgment, Evidence, Fear, Freedom, Gun violence, Guns, Ideology, Incarceration, justice, law, peace and justice, Rationality, Second Amendment, Supreme Court, terrorism, Uncategorized, violence, war
The late William F. Buckley once said “A conservative is a fellow who is standing athwart history yelling 'Stop!'” Buckley was a member of that generation of conservatives, along with Russell Kirk, James J. Kilpatrick, Jeanne Kirkpatrick, Mary Ann Glendon, and William Rusher – and very much unlike so many of today’s conservatives -- who were thoughtful, learned, witty, urbane, and well-schooled in nuanced rhetoric.  For that reason, I would recommend that leftists and progressives heed the wisdom in Buckley’s maxim, and, likewise yelling “Stop!”, similarly stand athwart their own almost-unanimous consensus about the supposed inconsistency in prohibiting people with suspected terrorist proclivities from boarding planes while nevertheless allowing them to purchase firearms.  For the cont...
Some Notes Toward A Theology OF Arse-Kicking

Some Notes Toward A Theology OF Arse-Kicking

autonomy, awareness, Christianity, citizenship, contemplation, critical judgment, culture, Enlightenment, Ethics, Hebrew Scripture, Human Condition, Judaism, justice, Literature, Military, nonviolence, peace and justice, progressive politics, Religion, Religious War, Scripture, soldiers, Tragedy, Uncategorized, violence, war
Here’s a sterling opportunity for someone to educate me. Why do so many – I won’t say “all,” but I feel pretty safe saying “most” – progressives / liberals / left-wingers almost reflexively and uncritically take such a dim, jaundiced, and suspicious view of the military and of members thereof? I am prompted to ask this question by a recent post on Patheos; that begs a multitude of questions the author rather blithely skates over.  But in particular, at the very beginning, the writer simply asserts with no apparent justification that (boldface added) … from an American mindset, original Christianity and the first Christians appear nuts: they were universally nonviolent (against capital punishment, abortion, military service and killing in self-defense), rejected individual ownership of p...