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The Irrationality of Richard Dawkins

In his 2006 book, The God Delusion , Richard Dawkins laments the career path of Kurt Wise, who has, since 2006, held the positions of professor of science and theology and director of the Center for Theology and Science at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Prior to . . . . Continue Reading »

Remembrance of Deaths Past ¯ and Present

We often hear these days about the problems and misdeeds of “organized” religion. We much more rarely hear about the arrogance and downright atrocities of organized irreligion. Yet during the twentieth century, self-proclaimed scientific atheism in the form of communism killed 100 million . . . . Continue Reading »

Homeschooling and Christian Duty

By withdrawing from the larger culture, homeschoolers aid and abet the culture’s failings—or so, at least, the charge goes. Christians have a responsibility to be not “of the world,” but, we are told, they also have a responsibility to be “in the world.” And therefore . . . . Continue Reading »

Who Speaks for the Church?

In 1967 the great Methodist theologian Paul Ramsey published a book with the above question as its title. It was an incisive critique of aberrations in the ecumenical movement and of the World Council of Churches in particular. Ramsey was fond of observing, with his usual wry grin, that it was an . . . . Continue Reading »

Desperately Seeking Absolution

The thirty-six-year-old man from Sunrise, Florida, had years’ worth of sin to unload. As he prepared to make a confession, he wondered where to begin. Finally, he just let it all out:"I have been with women who were married . . . . I have done enough drugs to make Keith Richards . . . . Continue Reading »

Religion and Economics, Again

Many falsely contrived stories have appeared in recent weeks about huge gains in the proportion of national income taken by the top 1 percent of income earners (those earning about $328,000 or more per year).The truth is rather different, as Alan Reynolds has pointed out in a recent analysis for the . . . . Continue Reading »

Don’t Throw Us into That Briar Patch

Within the camp of conservatives, the most cautious opponents of Roe v. Wade have stopped well short of arguing that the protections of the Constitution may actually extend to cover those "persons" in the womb. The conservative lawyers have been content to argue that the Constitution . . . . Continue Reading »

Faithful Reason About Stem Cells

Two years ago, William Saletan¯Slate.com’s science reporter¯compared the typical approaches of Jewish and Catholic thinkers to bioethical questions . "The Catholics were clear about what was moral and what wasn’t. The Jews were fuzzy." He quoted Eric Cohen, a Jewish . . . . Continue Reading »

Anglican Summertime Blues

Now that summer at last has arrived, most sensible people have turned their thoughts to beaches, baseball, and the fine art of grilling bratwurst.Unfortunately for Anglicans, it is their lot to have church politics on their minds. There are dark rumors of schism afoot, hints of plots both liberal . . . . Continue Reading »

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