Friday, August 7
Shadow

Tag: Voltaire

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...
Building Triangular Gods

Building Triangular Gods

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A little over a week ago, as this is written (28 October 2016), I published a “Skeptic’s Collection” column in which I adopted a rather “contrarian” view of three well-known texts in the Bible:  Abraham’s near-sacrifice of Isaac (the Akedah), the Annunciation, and the Crucifixion.  As I said at the time, though without using this analogy, all three narratives have a kind of Jungian “shadow” side, i.e., morally and psychologically dubious aspects that most Christians are careful to avoid thinking about, but that, in the name of simple intellectual integrity, deserve to be acknowledged and foregrounded, even on a cursory reading.  There are several ways of dealing with this textual “shadow,” one of which is asserting that, since God gave human beings intelligence and a rational faculty, ...
Daily Practice for June 12, 2016

Daily Practice for June 12, 2016

Word: Headline: America's Worst Mass Shooting in Over 30 Years That is what flew across my screen in little boxes as I turned on my computer this morning to settle into this daily practice. My intention was to write about how we write/talk (social media talk) to each other. Unfortunately, I think this headline proves my thoughts. In one of my groups, there is a lot of passionate talking. It is a group about education. Parents are pretty vehement about what they think is the best for kids. Unfortunately, I have noticed a trend. Bigotry or nastiness gets rewarded. What I mean is that people drop bombs like, "Equity is another word for greed and envy." And because this person has been so relentless in his opinions, all wrapped in a guise of likability, nobody engages him any more. So h...