The Bitter Theist Wish List

Recently, I had the fortune—or if you prefer, misfortune—to stumble upon a list of both legitimate grievances and petty gripes atheists have against religious people, circulating on Facebook as “The Bitter Atheist Wish List”, by one Deborah Markus.  Ms. Markus gives an entertaining if at times myopic view of how atheists are treated by religious people in our society.  Turnabout may or may not be … Continue reading The Bitter Theist Wish List

In Polls We Trust–But Why?

Religion deals with the eternal: what happens to us after we die? What does it mean to worship a God who is conceived of as eternal?  And the academic study of religion raises its own questions that go on interminably.  One of the perennial favorites is the question of how reliable polls about people’s faith are.  Most recently, Princeton scholar Robert Wuthnow has reignited that … Continue reading In Polls We Trust–But Why?

Race, Religion, and Reason among the Nacimerans

Over the past year, the seemingly intractable problem of racism in America has exploded into the national consciousness with a force not seen since the 1960s.  The events in Ferguson, Missouri last summer as well as the more recent Eric Garner case in New York have focused attention on how African-Americans are treated by the police.  In this context, John McWhorter’s recent piece in the … Continue reading Race, Religion, and Reason among the Nacimerans

Rum, Romanism, and Today’s Republican Party

Politics is not generally my thing.  In part this is because I have become cynical in the face of much of what passes for politics in America today–the right- and left-wing echo chambers of cable broadcasting, the near-constant hyperbole, and the attendant ability of both political parties to manufacture artificial crises for the sake of mobilizing the base.  That said, it is hard not to … Continue reading Rum, Romanism, and Today’s Republican Party

The Supreme Court, the Supreme Being, and Sheila

Gentle (and not-so-gentle) Readers, Welcome to my Faith and Literacy Blog.  Previously, I attempted to start up a blog at Blogger, but having caught what I can only call the Religion of Redmond over the past few months–a faith that has not only made me switch from Gmail to Outlook but even from Google to Bing–I abandoned it.  After some searching, I have decided to re-launch … Continue reading The Supreme Court, the Supreme Being, and Sheila