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Jesus Cares? Help is Just a Prayer Away?

That’s what roadside church signs tell me on my drive through central Maine today:

There are a lot of good people suffering in the world. Jesus (and God the Father of whom Jesus is supposed to be one mysterious aspect) are supposed to omniscient and omnipotent. If they exist and they care about [...]

Religious Leaders Ask What Kind of God Would Allow this Kind of Suffering in the World After…

Pardon the mistake, I seem to have misread the headline. It actually reads, Religious leaders call for prayer and tighter gun control after Colorado shooting.

To President Barack Obama’s request that when a madman shoots a dozen innocent people dead we “spend a little time thinking about the incredible blessings that God has given us,” [...]

Should Humans End The Suffering of Predation?

The Abolitionist Project also promises that we will all, in the future, be genetically pre-programmed to be constantly happy in a way that we can’t even imagine today. Does happiness mean anything if it’s predetermined, regardless of conditions? [...]

But You Expose Your Child to This? A Gay Marriage Argument That Makes No Sense

One of the main arguments for the passage of Proposition 8 to ban gay marriage in California last year was that we have to “protect children.” How horrible it would be, the line went, if America’s children asked their mommies and daddies whether men and women could marry and mommy and daddy responded “Yes”? What [...]

Happy Forgetfulness Day

On Memorial Day we’re supposed to recall the people in battle who suffer and fall. Corollary we insist that human descent, from the plains of Versailles to the rivers of Ghent, is all for the best. Now I won’t sing that bombing has no good effect (if you ignore the lives and the cities all [...]

Lack of TV Is Not Suffering

I don’t worry about the suffering that will result if some people have to go for a few weeks without watching TV. In fact, they might get some benefit from the break. [...]