Questions on Jewish and Conservative Christian Moral Theology

Many people believe that they and others derive moral believes from religious scriptures. I personally do not buy into this. However, given that many do, I am driven to ask: Theologically speaking, where do observant Jews and Conservative Christians derive their moral precepts? Advertisements

There Will Be War.

“I believe in world peace. I believe it is possible.” – Every politician or beauty pageant contestant ever. Highly unlikely. That’s not to say that it wouldn’t be desirable. It’s just not going to happen. Even in an idealistic world where everyone had enough food, followed the Golden Rule, did not covet status, wealth or … Continue reading

Robert Latimer paroled

The Globe and Mail reports that after serving seven years in prison for the mercy killing of his severely disabled daughter, Robert Latimer will be freed on day parole this week. The appeal division of the National Parole Board has overturned a parole board decision last December that rejected Latimer’s parole application. Parole has been … Continue reading

First requirement for being an education administrator or council member in Florida: You must be a Christian right nutter

I’ve written a few posts lately on the anti-evolution anti-reality Christian righttards making up the school board councils in a number of Florida counties. Today Ed Brayton posts on another righttarded state of affairs in Florida: the banning of pro-Gay Rights speech. The school also bans anti-gay speech. The school is taking a position similar to … Continue reading

Sharia banking: Not unsecular, but deceitful to Muslims?

I first heard of the introduction of sharia loan programs at North American banks this past summer. It didn’t bother me, and why should it have? It’s not like having sharia banking options is going to affect the options of others. It’s not like we are all going to have to engage in sharia banking. Some … Continue reading

Attempting to solve disputes of the sacred with money may get you more than you bargained for

A recent study published in the esteemed Proceedings from the National Academy of Science reports on “a series of experiments carried out with Palestinian and Israeli participants showing that violent opposition to compromise over issues considered sacred is (i) increased by offering material incentives to compromise but (ii) decreased when the adversary makes symbolic compromises … Continue reading