Uncategorized, What is Moral?

Is “Follow Your Heart” Good Advice?

This post explores whether the common saying "Follow Your Heart" is good advice. Here are some common sayings you might have heard: Follow your heart. If it feels good, do it. Your heart will tell you what to do. Is This Advice Good? Now, if you are like most people in the world, you can… Continue reading Is “Follow Your Heart” Good Advice?

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The Irish, Weird Rumors, and Recent Elections

Here is a brief, tragic, and important history lesson. It's about the Irish Potato Famine and weird rumors, and it relates to the recent elections. A Bit about the Potato Famine In the mid-1800s, Ireland was struck by the now-infamous potato blight. It had devastating consequences on the Irish population. (You can find all of… Continue reading The Irish, Weird Rumors, and Recent Elections

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Do You Have a “My Guy Bias”?

This post is about something I call a My Guy Bias, which is a thinking problem anyone can develop personally or politically. It's really common and causes a lot of suffering. Our Attachments Human beings form strong emotional attachments to people. This trait can be good because it often helps us develop loving and loyal… Continue reading Do You Have a “My Guy Bias”?

Reason and Respect, Uncategorized, What is Just?

The Ethics of Abortion, Part #2

I am writing a series of posts on the ethics of abortion. You can read the first part in the series here in which I describe what ethics is; why abortion can be an ambiguous ethical issue; and why ethically ambiguous issues are difficult to think and talk about. I also explain the goal of… Continue reading The Ethics of Abortion, Part #2

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How to Tell if You Possess Bias and Prejudice

I have a confession to make: At various times in my life, I have had bias and prejudice towards various people or groups. It took me a while to figure this out. Bias and prejudice, generally speaking, aren't funny, but I do have a funny story to tell about the day I first understood these… Continue reading How to Tell if You Possess Bias and Prejudice

Uncategorized, What is Just?

Is Your Morality Motivated by Love or Tribalism?

People can behave morally and promote morality for immoral reasons. That is an odd claim, isn't it? After all, we generally think of morality as good. And we think of moral people as good people. So how could a person be moral for bad reasons? And how would we even know if this was the… Continue reading Is Your Morality Motivated by Love or Tribalism?

Contemplative Practice, Uncategorized

Play as a Contemplative Practice

My friend Justin has a really cool blog that explores spirituality, especially from a Celtic Christian perspective. He so kindly asked me to write a post for his blog this summer. It was right around the time I was teaching my class on play, so I wrote a post on play as a contemplative practice.… Continue reading Play as a Contemplative Practice

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Are Humans Good or Evil by Nature?

Are humans good or evil by nature? First, a Bit of Background At the small liberal arts college where I teach, I teach an introductory course called Foundations. It is a class that teaches freshmen the basics of reading, writing, and critical thinking, but it is also a lot more than that. The class focuses… Continue reading Are Humans Good or Evil by Nature?

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Will the World Get Worse Until Jesus Returns?

Is the world is going to get worse until Jesus returns? I often hear people claim that it is, and this claim worries me for several reasons. In this post, I am writing from the perspective of someone who is a Christian reflecting on troubling things that I hear Christians say. So, I beg pardon… Continue reading Will the World Get Worse Until Jesus Returns?