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Christians Should Just Die Already

December 19, 2014

Yesterday I read the following poem on death entitled “Moriturus” by Edna St. Vincent Millay. If I could have Two things in one: The peace of the grave, And the light of the sun;…


Torture and Police Brutality in a Real Police State

December 17, 2014

The police beat them with clubs and metal brushes. Some of the teenagers were beaten so badly that their heads were covered with bald spots because the hair would no longer grow back from…


On Atheist Billboards

December 16, 2014

The Freedom from Religion Foundation just unveiled its series of billboards trying to put a friendly face on atheism. One of them  features atheist blogger Hemant Mehta whose billboard reads “I’d rather put my faith in me.”…

Moses draws water from the rock by Francois Perrier. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Rekindling the Longing for Meaning

December 15, 2014

Blaise Pascal, in one of his excellent Pensées (194 on The Project Gutenberg) writes that there are two kinds of people; those who care about their role in the cosmos and what eternity has…


What Christians Can Learn from Malcolm X

December 9, 2014

Recently I watched interviews with the controversial slain civil rights activist and Nation of Islam cleric Malcolm X. One interview in particular stood out to me from June 1963 with Dr. Kenneth Clark: I…

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Rise and Shine Like a Stoic

December 4, 2014

If you’re anything like me (not that I would wish that upon anyone) getting out of bed in the morning can be a struggle. The day to day grind can seem pointless and mundane…


The Fall-out of the Sexual Revolution

December 3, 2014

As a society we seem bent on sexualizing everything. Nearly every movie or TV series for adults features a good deal of sexual insinuations, talk, and action.  Women’s chic clothing is provocative; even small…


Relics, Moral Agency and Big Hero Six

December 3, 2014

Spoilers Ahead Big Hero Six, Disney and Marvel’s latest animated kids’ adventure film culminates in the robot Baymax sacrificing himself for a human, the protagonist Hiro, a young boy with a gift for robotics….

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Atticus Finch in a Skirt

December 2, 2014

Harper Lee, now age eighty-eight and long out of the public eye, is the legendarily mysterious author of the iconic 1961 novel of southern racial injustice, To Kill a Mockingbird. It inspired an equally…

Mocking of Christ by Annibale Carracci Source: Wiki Commons

A Prayer for Humility This Advent

December 1, 2014

The Season of Advent has begun in both the Eastern and Western churches. Christians now enter in to a time of fasting and penitence in preparation on the birth of our Lord (although the…

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A St. Louisan’s Prayer for Ferguson

November 26, 2014

UM Action Director John Lomperis offers this reflection and prayers on the violence recently engulfing his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri.

St. Paul Preaching in Athens by Raphael. Source: Wiki Commons

In Defense of Comparing Culture War Issues to Cannibalism and Other Sordid Things

November 26, 2014

Next to eating turkey, debating religion and politics with family members and loved ones around the holidays is a cherished part of that tradition.