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Oscar Wilde, Philip Davies, morals, ethics and how we read the Bible

On this date in history I was born. And in 1882 Oscar Wilde was ridiculed in Harper’s Weekly. One of the quotes in the NYTimes’ summary of Wilde’s trip to the US caught my attention. “It is not increased moral sense your literature needs. Indeed we should never talk of a moral or an immoral poem. Poems are either well written or badly written. That is all. A good work aims at the purely artistic […]

Conference: Stewardship or Sacrifice? Religion & the Ethics of Climate Change

Things are coming together for our conference at PSU regarding religious and ethical dimensions of climate change. I will be a panelist and I am looking forward to it! From the conference website: Conference: October 7–8, 2009 Pasquerilla Spiritual Center The Pennsylvania State University All events are free and open to the public. Held at the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center, this conference will examine the role that religion can play in solving the climate change crisis. […]

Jillette believes there is no God

This is not news in fact, it is from 2005, but I noticed @Ihnatko tweet about it and so I headed over to NPR to give it a listen and read the text. I am not sure what he would do with several hundred pages, but in 500 words (or less) Penn Jillette of Penn & Teller fame (“he is the tall one”) has one of the most reasonable and accessible (perhaps even persuasive) essays […]

Palin’s Email hacked: ethical question of the day

Wired and others are reporting that Gov. Sarah Palin’s email was hacked by the group known as “Anonymous.” Wikileaks has posted much of the material here, where you can see screenshots of her email accounts, etc. I have lots of questions such as why they (Wikileaks? Anonymous?) chose to post an email from a Palin supporter where she tells Palin that she is praying that “God’s will be done.” Clearly this is illegal and unethical, […]