This article is constructed from three tweets I posted on Twitter this morning. Some folk are outraged by Rand Paul’s provocative framing of sex reassignment surgery as “genital mutilation”. I’m not a Rand Paul fan by any stretch, and I’m aware of the manifold trauma experienced by transgender folk. But mutilation means “infliction of severe […]
When Abraham expressed the willingness to sacrifice Isaac, he did so on the belief that God would raise Isaac back up and thereby be faithful to his covenant. The belief that God is faithful is laudable. The problem is that Abraham believed God was commanding an action — child sacrifice — that was considered to […]
Many conservative Christians believe that men should follow the Billy Graham Rule to never be alone with a woman who is not your life. Unless you’re a king like David: then you can climb into bed with a young virgin girl. In this video, I criticize that kind of painful special pleading.
This past Sunday, I made a brief guest appearance on the “Skeptics and Seekers” Podcast. In my five-minute spot, I introduced my new book and then offered my thoughts on the big ethical question that was the focus of this episode. You can listen to it here and my spot comes right after the introduction.
If I were God, I would set aside a special place in purgatory for every anonymous armchair critic who posts an utterly unfair book review online after giving not 2 seconds of consideration to the author, their actual work, or how that unfair review could negatively impact them. After that now-deceased critic arrives in purgatory, […]
It’s undignified to mock @realDonaldTrump’s health issues. That’s off limits. Let’s focus on issues. Hope you recover, Mr. President. — Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) June 15, 2020 Focus on issues? Health (mental and physical) is an issue. As for the propriety of mockery, it is wrong all things being equal. But in this case, all […]
Part Three of my continuing conversation with Eric Murphy. This is a good one, folks!
Last week, I was on Eric Murphy’s show to talk about moral arguments for God’s existence. We didn’t get very far but we had a lot of fun doing it, so we tried again this week. And lo and behold, in the last two minutes, we finally got around to talking about God! The rest […]
You can’t hire a guy to work 9-5 in a slaughterhouse and not expect that to affect how he interacts with animals outside the workplace. The same principle applies in war. People can only sustain the cognitive dissonance introduced by combat situations for so long before it affects their character generally. The history of war […]
Recently, I’ve heard that Donald Trump refuses to wear a mask because he cares about the way he looks. Funny, I would’ve thought that if he cared about the way he looks, he’d be more inclined to wear a mask. That, of course, sounds like an insult, that is, a disrespectful or scornful remark about another person. […]
Yesterday, I tweeted some criticisms of Christians who crucify their moral intuitions on the altar of their particular readings of biblical violence. As you can imagine, the effect is like jamming a stick into a hornet’s nest and jerking it around. Within minutes a mixture of dazed and angry hornets come shooting out. Today, I […]
If God commanded you to sacrifice your child, would you? The answer is simple: God wouldn’t command that. And if you still want to consider the scenario as a per impossibile claim, you can do that with any moral system, not just divine command theories of ethics.