All posts tagged justice

Atheism, plus some other stuff

I support Atheism+. I’m not going to wade too deep into the circumstances surrounding its inception in this post; I just want to explain what I believe this “new wave” of atheism is about, why I am for it, and why I think the outrage against it really needs to stop. Others have done excellent […]

Prelude to an Atheism+ post

I’m still trying to write my little position statement on Atheism+. As a teaser, here is an editorial-style cartoon by M.J. Shepard, via Friendly Atheist, that I thought was really spot-on. Hopefully I’ll get my act together on this soon and it’ll go up early next week.

A strong delusion

I have yet to hear a compelling explanation of why these words appear in 2 Thessalonians 2 (verses 7-14). Emphasis, of course, is mine: For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. Only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way. And then the lawless one will […]

Awkward social justice

While idly perusing the job listings in the back of my April issue of Physics Today, I noticed an advertisement for a position at Berea College, in Berea, KY. (No, I’d never heard of it before, either.) At the end of the listing, where many other ads mentioned being Equal Opportunity Employers and the like, […]

Religious discrimination and the law

I spent about a thousand words arguing that there are some circumstances in which “discriminating” against someone because of their religious beliefs is the most appropriate, productive, reasonable thing to do. It’s fair to discriminate against someone — disadvantage them and people like them in a particular evaluation — when the attribute that defines “people […]

What I like about Unitarianism

I’m writing a bunch of posts on Unitarian Universalism. You can always find old ones using the unitarianism tag. Before I get too far into explaining some of my criticisms of Unitarian Universalism, I thought it would be helpful to lay out a handful of the things I really did enjoy and appreciate. After all, […]

Torn on Prop 8 decision

Please don’t get me wrong. I was thrilled to hear that Judge Vaughn Walker struck down California’s Proposition 8 as unconstitutional. I join many other atheists in rejoicing that religious bigotry was declared unjust, and even though this decision is not the final word, in being hopeful that the same-sex marriage issue will reach the […]

And what a welcome it is!

Via Atheist Oasis, here’s a really powerful video by The Thinking Atheist called “Welcome To This World” — explaining Christianity’s message to newborn babies. It pretty much sums up everything that might typically rush through my head when I hear a Christian say that “God is love,” and I still found it very moving.   […]

Driscoll on pornography: Chapter 3

Previous posts in this series: Introduction, Chapter 1, Chapter 2. Chapter 3 of Pastor Mark Driscoll’s anti-pornography pamphlet, Porn Again Christian, purports to give “A Theology of Pornographic Lust.” I’m going to treat this chapter a bit more holistically than the others in this book, rather than going nearly paragraph-by-paragraph essentially fisking, because I think […]

More on Adam & Eve: Is God unjust?

This is a continuation of my response to a Christian on the topic of Adam and Eve, which I began in the previous post. So. As I asked in that old post: is God being unjust, or is God being arbitrary, when he punishes Adam and Eve for eating the fruit? Canterrain says it’s more […]