Doubt and faith are complimentary

Can you be a doubter who also has faith?  That’s for you to decide. But I think you can.  Are you certain? Agnosticism is about what you don’t know. Belief is a different question.  God is either real, or he’s not. But God can’t be proven or disproven. And that’s where faith comes in.  SkepticsContinue reading “Doubt and faith are complimentary”

Is evil real?

Is that a dumb question? We can point to all sorts of atrocities, so why would anyone think evil isn’t real? And if evil isn’t real, then is goodness not real? Could only one but not both be real? Whatever, man Relativism—contrary to popular opinion—isn’t the attitude that anything goes. No one believes that. IContinue reading “Is evil real?”

Grace

I’m a wayward Catholic boy. Well, that’s an exaggeration. Father Andrew Greeley liked to repeat the cliché that, “Once Catholic, always Catholic.” With qualifications, yes. Death awaits Nothing ever leaves you. No one ever leaves you. A friend from long ago lost his mother to breast cancer. He was 14. And every year on theContinue reading “Grace”

It’s hard to be good

We all seem deeply concerned about other people’s moral behavior—while making excuses for our own. Most of us think we’re more moral and self-aware than most other people. But how can the majority be better than the majority? Truth is, most of us are lying to ourselves. Looney Tunes Cartoons with an angel on oneContinue reading “It’s hard to be good”

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”