I teach two ethics classes every semester, and I consider it a privilege because in these classes I help my students develop their own moral and ethical code. My goal is not to make students believe the way I believe. Rather, my goal is to help them understand the basics of good moral and ethical… Continue reading The Ethics of Abortion
I have been setting an intention to approach politics from a place of love rather than fear. Practices like this help me.
I have a confession to make: At various times in my life, I have been biased and prejudice towards various people or groups. Bias and prejudice, generally speaking, aren't funny, but I do have a funny story to tell about the day I first understood bias and prejudice. When I was teenager, I went through… Continue reading My Pat Benatar Epiphany: How to Tell if You Possess Bias or Prejudice
Every semester (almost), I have a day that is the highlight of my semester. Yesterday, I had one of those days. One of the classes I am teaching this semester is environmental ethics. In this class, my students and I have been working on developing a strong philosophical framework for environmental ethics and applying this… Continue reading How to Make a Good Argument (and Avoid Making a Bad One)
There is a weird story in the Old Testament about a guy named Balaam. It has always fascinated me. We don’t know a lot about Balaam. It appears that he was some kind of prophet who lived near the Euphrates River and had some kind of meaningful connection to God, or at least people thought… Continue reading This Post is about Balaam’s Ass
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? How would we even know if this was the case?… Continue reading Is Your Morality Motivated by Love or Tribalism?
I have titled this post “How to Save the World Quietly” because I think we often believe that if the world is to be saved, we must do it in big, spectacular ways—like discovering the cure for cancer or brokering peace between warring nations. Of course, people sometimes save the world in big ways like… Continue reading How to Save the World Quietly: About My Friend AnneMarie
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
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 on the theme of Being Human, and we explore this theme by… Continue reading Are Humans Good or Evil by Nature?
The other day on a different social media site, someone accused me of having an agenda. And at first I felt defensive. And then I thought, "Wait a minute. I absolutely do have an agenda." So in case anyone was wondering what my agenda is, here are some of the main items on it: