Is gay Jesus offensive?

Don’t take the bait. Being offended is a status symbol of sorts. And giving offense has always been a sport. We might feel offended when we think our social status is being challenged. Or when someone says something that contradicts our self-image. There may be other reasons too. Being offended creates a certain moral status.Continue reading “Is gay Jesus offensive?”

When Is It Okay to Criticize Religion?

A person’s religion is a huge part of their identity, so criticism of religion is often taken as a personal attack. Progressives claim it’s racist to criticize Islam, conservatives say liberals unfairly single out Christianity, and atheists criticize every religion (even Buddhism). Some people say we shouldn’t criticize religion. Yet, religious beliefs have an enormous impact onContinue reading “When Is It Okay to Criticize Religion?”

Religion, Secularism, & Atrocity

Religious atrocities are central to the atheist critique of religion. Christians often respond with a litany of atheist atrocities such as mass murder by communist regimes.  Even when religion or anti-religiousness is directly to blame, we must ask: What does this prove? That one is better than the other? If both sides are guilty of atrocities,Continue reading “Religion, Secularism, & Atrocity”

A More Religiously Diverse United States

Pew Research’s projections for 2050 see greater religious diversity in the United States. They anticipate Christians falling from 78.3% of the US population to 66.4%, though due to population growth the total number of American Christians will be larger in 2050. By mid-century Muslim Americans will increase from 0.9% to 2.1% of the population, and globally Muslims will grow fasterContinue reading “A More Religiously Diverse United States”