Posts tagged God

The Problem of Evil

All About Evil

All About Evil (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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…)

Faith, Hope and Charity

Faith, Hope and Charity

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.


Why Science is Religion

Cosmic neurons

Cos­mic neurons

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…)

Pauly Goes To Summer Camp

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…)

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