Disappointment, however understandable given our prior theological / Sunday School indoctrination, is, in the end, a mere narcissistic self-indulgence in the face of such reckless evil … and a consequent failure to take our own responsibility seriously.
In the wake of the recent Obergefell v. Hodges decision recognizing a national right for same-sex marriage (SSM), the question that now preoccupies us – supporters of marriage equality and opponents alike – is whether businesses that oppose SSM should be granted an exemption if their opposition is based on religious objections. What I have…
We are theoretical Jeffersonians but practical Federalists. It is what we want to believe. As T. S. Eliot said “Human kind cannot bear very much reality”.
Loosen the tether to evidence, and one is free to imagine both life and afterlife in the most comforting terms possible.
It is near-miraculous enough that the world is understandable through mathematics. That it may so often be understood through the mediation of mathematical structures never designed to enable us to understand it pushes the envelope from near-miraculous into the territory of the … well … the numinous …
[I]n the venerable “fair and balanced” tradition of Fox News (corporate motto: “No Multi-Billionaire Conservative / Reactionary Mega-Contributor Or Muslim / Kenyan Barack Obama Hater — For Sincerely Held Religious Reasons — Left Behind”), I present herewith four vignettes illustrating how good capitalist enterprises can be when they are managed competently.
The point is not to expunge all religious passion from the Public Square, but to allow all voices an equal hearing and to base public policy — toward marriage and everything else — only on those justifications that can withstand being tested according to the principles of, among other criteria, the First, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendments.
[Z]ombies are spawned and exist because human beings abdicate their own rationality, paid for in the coin of 4.5 billion years of evolutionary time, preferring to ignore the actual information presented by the Universe in favor of fealty to some financial or power interest or to some ideology
Perhaps the silence SETI researchers have encountered in their search is the austere music of a salutary wisdom.
Running the universe is God’s business, not yours. Running your life is your business, not God’s.