Military Chaplains, Soldier On

One of the most peculiar, perhaps desparate, arguments being made against repealing the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell military policy is that it discriminates against a slice of military Chaplains.  A handfull of these Chaplains, and their cheerleaders, have complained about the change because they view homosexuality as a sin.   Different branches of Christianity see sin in different…
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Is Going To Church About Saving Souls, Or, Being Entertained?

We  just finished the Christmas holidays.  For many people it included attending a Christmas eve service.  These are beautiful events with displays, singing and preaching. The majority of the folks who attended the Christmas service will say ado until Easter.  Why do these people not attend the other 50 Sundays of the year?  It seems clear that to these…
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Could It Be Jesus Did Not Actually Say All That?

I don’t claim to be a Biblical scholar.  But, I am an amature student of the debates about the Bible. I do start with the point of view that the Bible was not written by God, but by men who wrote it for their own ends.  When the Jesus character appears, and dies for the sins of mankind, it is…
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When Quoting Scripture Won’t Help

I’m greatful to people who log on here and comment on my blog posts.  I learn a lot from both fans and critics. Yet, there are certain things about debates over religion that still baffle me.  One is the tendency for some Christians to quote scripture when they disagree with me or other nontheists.  At a…
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What Is The “Common Good”?

Those two words are simply beautiful.   What do they mean? Surely, one part of the definition is that the common good is the opposite of selfishness.  But, even that is not quite so clear.  In 1776, Adam Smith published The Wealth of Nations which pointed out that in a capitalistic, everyone seeking their own selfish ends works…
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