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Answer to Job

(with apologies to Jung) Job asked: “God, why do bad things happen to good people? Why would You, who are perfect, create a universe filled with so much that is evil?” Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the … Continue reading

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There Are Rules Here

[source: sowhatfaith.com] Patheos’ Science On Religion points out that liberal Protestantism is dying even as more conservative Protestant movements thrive. This seems counterintuitive in the context of society as a whole becoming less religious and conservative. So what’s going on? … Continue reading

A Paradox of Ecclesiology

[Epistemic status: Sloppy. You’re going to have to read between the lines and fill in some of the holes here.] I. Some rationalists study ecclesiology. I used to think this was dumb. Now I appreciate it a little more. Let … Continue reading

Semite Times: The Bible In Palindromes

GENESIS Dumb mud “Madam, I’m Adam” Eve damned Eden, mad Eve Cain: a maniac EXODUS Egad, no bondage! “Live not on evil!” LEVITICUS Repel a leper NUMBERS & DEUTERONOMY Are we not drawn onwards, we Jews, drawn onward to new … Continue reading

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Papal PR

Congratulations are due to the Pope for being Time’s Person of the Year. I would have voted for Snowden, but the Pope is a perfectly respectable choice. At least he’s an individual human being and not a vague demographic or … Continue reading

Giving and Accepting Apologies

“Saying ‘I’m sorry’ is the same as saying ‘I apologize.’ Except at a funeral.” – Demetri Martin Today was the Day of Atonement. As an atheist, I find it hard to appreciate atonement in its cosmic, maybe-not-even-possible sense. But I … Continue reading

The What-You’d-Implicitly-Heard-Before Telling Thing

G. K. Chesterton, whom I praised yesterday, is also famous for the argument of the “truth-telling thing”: “This, therefore, is, in conclusion, my reason for accepting the religion and not merely the scattered and secular truths out of the religion. … Continue reading

Can Atheists Appreciate Chesterton?

Empirically, yes. Friday was the anniversary of Chesterton’s death, the religious blogosphere is eulogizing him, and I thought I’d join in. I enjoyed and recommend Chesterton’s novels, especially The Man Who Was Thursday and Napoleon of Notting Hill, his works … Continue reading

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Hitting Below The (Bible) Belt

Every so often I flirt with joining the prestigious, lucrative world of atheism blogging, but the fact is I’m just not cut out for it. I can’t consistently come up with marginally-clever-but-slightly-unfair zingers demeaning religious people on a daily basis. … Continue reading

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Pope and Change: An Atheist’s Guide To Vatican Decision 2013

Pope Benedict XVI is resigning today, an event which will be closely followed by a conclave to determine his successor. I have inexplicably been following this with some interest. Several news sources both secular and religious have tried to provide … Continue reading