Tuesday, October 27
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Kids, Communion, and Consistency

Kids, Communion, and Consistency

"Life" Issues, birth, Change, Christianity, communion, conservatism, critical judgment, Discernment, Ethics, faith, faithfulness, God, Human Condition, Ideology, injustice, law, monotheism, Sexuality, Skeptic, Theology, Thinking, Uncategorized
Pope Francis has issued important pronouncements on (1) the morality of voluntarily choosing to remain childless – many prefer the term “child-free,” but I won’t quibble – and more recently (2) on admitting divorced-and-remarried couples to receive Communion. (This is the original PDF for the latter.) If you are confused by the combination of these two statements, I would counsel you to take heart: your brain probably works just fine; you are most likely just well-informed. In fact, and not to put too fine a point on it, if you really can reconcile (1) and (2) without ruffling a single intellectual feather, you can be certain that something is wrong with your understanding of at least one. (To paraphrase Niels Bohr about quantum theory, if it doesn’t seem strange to you, then you don’t...
First Annual Cliché Festival … Venting About Half-Truths and Outright Nonsense

First Annual Cliché Festival … Venting About Half-Truths and Outright Nonsense

"Life" Issues, Atheism, autonomy, critical judgment, culture, Discernment, Ethics, Ideology, multiculturalism, Politics, postmodernism, Rationality, Religion, secularism, Skeptic, Spirituality, Theology
I hope you, my Faithful Readers, will give me leave this time around to be somewhat self-indulgent and to simply “vent” about some assertions that I have heard seemingly more often than usual over the last six months or so. (Why? I dunno ... maybe it's because we are heading into an election year.) Whenever anyone says anything like the following, I usually just smile vacantly, nod my head, sometimes mumble some conciliatory generic mouth-noises, and wish for a tumbler of good bourbon … preferably Maker’s Mark. But sometimes “my cup runneth over” and I have to respond. The redeeming social virtue of the following is that, by reading the following mini-rants, you may be encouraged to become skeptics yourselves about such verbal white noise, at least to the point of beginning to separate out...
First Annual Cliché Festival … Venting About Half-Truths and Outright Nonsense

First Annual Cliché Festival … Venting About Half-Truths and Outright Nonsense

"Life" Issues, Atheism, autonomy, critical judgment, culture, Discernment, Ethics, Ideology, multiculturalism, Politics, postmodernism, Rationality, Religion, secularism, Skeptic, Spirituality, Theology
I hope you, my Faithful Readers, will give me leave this time around to be somewhat self-indulgent and to simply “vent” about some assertions that I have heard seemingly more often than usual over the last six months or so. (Why? I dunno ... maybe it's because we are heading into an election year.) Whenever anyone says anything like the following, I usually just smile vacantly, nod my head, sometimes mumble some conciliatory generic mouth-noises, and wish for a tumbler of good bourbon … preferably Maker’s Mark. But sometimes “my cup runneth over” and I have to respond. The redeeming social virtue of the following is that, by reading the following mini-rants, you may be encouraged to become skeptics yourselves about such verbal white noise, at least to the point of beginning to separate out...