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Month: August 2012

The Professor Who Thought He Knew Bigotry When He Saw It

The Professor Who Thought He Knew Bigotry When He Saw It

Charles Negy, a psychology professor at the University of Central Florida, thinks he knows bigotry when he sees it. The blistering email he wrote on it to some 500 students has now gone viral. One key paragraph uses the word “bigot” no less than eight times (the whole is quoted in the UCF student newspaper): Students in my class who openly proclaimed that Christianity is the most valid religion, as some of you did last class, portrayed precisely what religious bigotry…

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If You’re Wondering What Happened to the Series on Sexism…

If You’re Wondering What Happened to the Series on Sexism…

… I’ve left my series on “Sexism Among the Isms?” hanging for a while. I haven’t forgotten it’s waiting to be continued. It’s been weeks since I’ve been in a good situation to do the kind of study the next posts deserve, and some of the books I need to reference for it are in boxes waiting to be moved to our new home in Ohio. I’ll pick up the series again as soon as I’m able.

God Is Still Good

God Is Still Good

I’m sitting on the recliner in the corner of our living room, typing with my Mac on my lap. It’s one of my more familiar places to be. There are crutches right next to the recliner I’m sitting in. That’s becoming all too familiar. I had surgery to repair a torn tendon in my left foot just six months ago. Now I’m told there’s another partial tear in the same foot. I have an appointment scheduled with a surgeon, who…

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What Is Faith? Debating the Question With Phil Torres

What Is Faith? Debating the Question With Phil Torres

My debate with Phil Torres on the meaning of faith is moving forward: Phil: What Exactly is This Thing in Crisis? On the Meaning and (Epistemological) Significance of Faith Me: What Is the Relevant Definition of Faith? Phil: The Relevant Definition of Faith Is… Me: Still In Quest of the Relevant Definition of Faith Maybe it’s clear enough from that what we’re tussling over there. He says faith is necessarily unreasonable. I think he’s relying on tendentious and fallacious arguments,…

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Sophisticated Biology™

Sophisticated Biology™

Jerry Coyne has been running a series of posts on “Sophisticated Theologians™.” Here’s how they all go (check it out if you don’t believe me): Pick any difficult topic in theology, find someone who presents a non-obvious answer, call it “Sophisticated Theology™,” and laugh at it. Coyne never bothers to consider whether the non-obvious answer actually makes sense within a theistic framework. If a theologian says it, and if it’s not obvious, it’s Sophisticated Theology™, an object of pure mockery….

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