As a guideline, no. I have felt profoundly uncomfortable during times of public prayer - even at events where I supported the cause.Read More »
The idea of a personal God is troubling
Mostly, no. I find the idea of a personal God troubling. I find the idea of a personal God troubling because of suffering: why do people suffer so much?Read More »
Ethical spending: Eat your vegetables!
When I was asked to write an article for a panel on "ethics and money,” my first thought was, “How could I write a post on that? I’ve never had any money.” People think of the wealthy in discussions like these: “With great power, comes great responsibility.” But not often do people think of the non-rich.Read More »
Keep food prayers short!
There's this great book by Z Budapest (I don't remember the title. It was a long time ago)Read More »
How would atheist chaplains be ordained?
I think that might be difficult, since you have to be ordained within your denomination in order to be considered to be a chaplain. I don't know if the Freedom From Religion Foundation has got to the point where they ordain atheists: it might be profoundly against the point.
Although the Flying Spaghetti Monster crowd would probably start ordaining people if there was enough interest in it within the military.Read More »
Evil exists because we allow it
It has long troubled me that the word "good" has two antonyms: "bad" and "evil." Like there isn't a more potent level of "good" to be the opposite of "evil," to stand against evil. All "good" has going for itself against evil is small, comparatively — yet somehow, not inadequate.Read More »