Posts tagged God
As I often do, I’m going to use my Sunday column to divert us from the concerns of the moment. Rest assured, tomorrow Logarchism will return to 24–7 coverage of the upcoming election. View today’s article as the final pit stop before the political equivalent of the Indianapolis 500 roars to its end.
What I offer today is a perspective on a question at the root of all our politics, all our culture, all our social structures. From a single comment buried in a heated political debate, there is cosmic significance. We can use it to consider how the perilous issue of rape and abortion relates to the nature of our very selves. From there, we can perhaps return to the questions of the moment, with a new and larger sense, and reconsider our direction as individuals, as a society, as a nation — perhaps as a species.
Last Thursday, in response to an article by Monotreme, one of our Gentle Readers provided a link to a blog post at National Review Online. I thought the article wrong on all counts, but particularly theological ones. It gave me an excuse to write an article I’ve been intending to do for a long time.
The immediate topic was a comment by Indiana Republican Senatorial candidate Richard Mourdock on the thorny issues of rape, pregnancy, and abortion, and the relationship to politics and theology and individual conscience. Though I profoundly disagree with Mourdock’s answer — and, as an unashamed partisan, I would gleefully take advantage of it — as a theologian I need to admit it was a thoughtful and considered response. There also are further depths here to explore, depths which reach to the heart of everything related to politics and social justice, economics and freedom. (more…)
When this election season started, I figured I’d be writing lots of blog posts handicapping the candidates and remarking on the ups and downs of a rough-and-tumble campaign.
I didn’t think I’d be writing an informal series on the Republican War on Women.
It all started back in February, when I wrote “Inconceivable”. When the House leadership came to power in the 2010 Republican landslide, they promised to focus on job creation. Who knows why they abandoned this approach, or whether they even intended to implement it in the first place. For reasons that passeth all understanding, they decided they were elected on a socially conservative agenda and began to champion a set of regressive and destructive social policies.
No longer was 9.4% unemployment, with many running out of time in their benefits, any problem. Those people turned out to be moochers, not makers, in David Brooks’ famous phrasing. They were the 47 percent who were going to vote for Obama anyway. Nothing we can do to get their votes, Republicans apparently figured.
Fair warning to our Loyal Readers. This article will be different from what you’ve come to expect. It’s not about politics…except that it is. It’s not about current events…except that it is. It’s not about Democrats and Republicans…except that it is. And it is intensely personal…except that it’s not.
It’s about science and speculation, and whether we as a nation should fund basic research with no expected practical benefit — except it’s really about religion and spirituality and why we should fund that.
I make my living writing software. I also write fantasy and science fiction novels. I’m also a minister. Here’s why it’s all the same thing. (more…)
Our pet political platypus lives out back in a lovely watery habitat, but he does get a bit weary of the city, especially in hot weather. So we’ve been scouting around for a place to send Pauly off for a restful fun-filled vacation, and we’ve discovered the perfect thing. It’s tea party summer camp!
A group called the “Tampa 912 Project” (which come to think of it has faint echoes of Glenn Beck, doesn’t it?) will host a one-week seminar in mid-July for children aged 8–12, guaranteed to teach our little platypus the “principles on which our nation was founded.” Those principles include: “America is good,” “I believe in God and He is the center of my life” and “I work hard for what I have and I will share it with whoever I want to. Government cannot force me to be charitable.”
What nice little cherubs they will be after a week of this! (more…)