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Fig Picking, Cherry Picking, And Selective Theology

Fig Picking, Cherry Picking, And Selective Theology

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It occurs to me that, many times over the four-plus years I have been writing this “Skeptic’s Collection” column, I have taken the political and religious right to task for the venerable practice of “cherry-picking”, i.e., carefully culling all the evidence for any thesis so as to pick out those events and data that support one’s position, while no less carefully ignoring or de-emphasizing those events and data that support contrary arguments.  Nowhere is this practice more prevalent than in theological discourse, in particular, theodical discourse. But progressives decidedly on the left of the spectrum, both theologically and politically, have an equivalent tendency to pick equally substantial cherry harvests. Herewith some examples that should make chardonnay-swilling, Bernie- / Warr...
What the Buddha and Adolf Hitler Taught Me about Compassion

What the Buddha and Adolf Hitler Taught Me about Compassion

9-11, bigotry, Buddhism, C. S. Lewis, Christianity, citizenship, civics, Comfort, community, Compassion, conflict, conservatism, courage, critical judgment, culture, Economy, Enlightenment, Equality, faith, Freedom, Hope, Ideology, injustice, Joy, Longing, peace and justice, Poverty, Presidency, progressive politics, Rationality, Resistance, Secularity, social justice, Spirituality, Tolerance, Trump
I am very grateful to my in-law family for teaching me about Buddhism – and for teaching me about Buddhism, not merely theoretically or academically or discursively, but by living it out. Some are devout Buddhists – assuming that is not an oxymoron – and others are more casual. But all are real in the sense that Buddhist teachings, with whatever fervor they may be exemplified, inform their lives. In particular, I am grateful for what they teach me in terms of the lived reality of the supreme Buddhist value of universal compassion.  So you can imagine my astonishment when, while pursuing my several-months-long reading of Mein Kampf, I found that the improbable juxtaposition of Adolf Hitler’s political autobiography and Buddhism afforded me a very practical, and intimately personal, insi...