March 16, 2012

Enough With the Uncompromising Atheists

Julian Baggini, The Guardian

There are two equal and opposite pathologies of the common ground. One is the refusal to share any, to maintain clear divisions between yourself and those you disagree with. The other is to pretend or imagine people have more in common with you than they do, latching on to any kind of similarity as evidence of sameness.

To find the right mean between the two we need to be honest about what our similarities and differences are – but, more fundamentally, be clear as to what the point of trying to establish common ground is. Do we seek shared territory because we want the world to be a lovely, friendly place where deep disagreements are rare and no one holds stupid, ignorant or deluded beliefs? Whatever our psychological motivations, I think there are two sets of good...

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October 21, 2013
The School Board Objects
Anthony Gill, Research on Religion
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October 21, 2013
Jim Wallis in Top 5%
Jaweed Kaleem, Huffington Post
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October 25, 2013
Can I Get a Witness, Again?
Bill Leonard, Associated Baptist Press
This month Mercer University Press will release Can I Get a Witness?: Essays, Sermons and Reflections, a collection of materials that I have written during the last few years. Most are previously unpublished, except for a few... more ››
October 21, 2013
Prodigal Son... Ballet?
Eve Tushnet, Acculturated
I’m glad nobody told me anything about George Balanchine’s choreography for The Prodigal Son before I watched it. The librettist, Boris Kochno, made a lot of changes to the Biblical story, and all of these changes sound like... more ››
October 21, 2013
Prosperity Pastor Won't Bless Bastard Baby
Andrea Isom, FOX
Charity Grace lives on the east side of the city with her 2-year-old son, Joshua. The two recently started to attend Perfecting Church under the leadership of Pastor Marvin Winans.On Sunday, a special blessing is planned at the... more ››