What the Best President Can Teach Us about the Worst
by James West Davidson We expect too much of our presidents. Especially at this season, when we honor the two chiefs universally acknowledged as our finest. The mistake is understandable, for it’s human nature to embrace Thomas Carlyle’s assertion that “the history of what man has accomplished in this world, is at bottom the History of the Great Men who have worked here.” Great men and women there have been; and surely Lincoln stands among them. But he understood all too well the limits of “our poor powers to add or detract,” to borrow a phrase from the fields of Gettysburg. For that reason a certain modesty about his achievements should be our wisdom as well as his. And it may also suggest a way forward in the shadow of one of our…
I’m an Atheist! Now What?
As I mentioned in my last blog post, unlike progressive traditions such as the United Church of Christ, Unitarian Universalism, and Humanism—all of which stick closely to the college-educated demographic—atheism crosses all lines, from race to class to gender, et cetera. Some people never believe in a god; some realize one day that they have [Read More...]
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How (not) to talk about religious pluralism
Over the weekend, a tweet from CNN promoted a new series called “Believer” with Reza ...
19 Points of Advice for Fighting the Devil
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil...