Sometimes the Little Things Mean a Lot

This post is the fifth in an ongoing series. Click here for the index page. Growing up in a religious environment, you learn the art of reading between the lines. Whether it's interpreting a passage in a text, the teachings of a community, or the life of a religious leader, you develop an attention to …

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Is There a Liberal Bias in Higher Education?

I used to be a fairly big fan of Penn & Teller's Showtime show Bullshit!¬†Early in the show's lifespan, it covered provocative and topical subjects like psychics, near death experiences, the War on Drugs, and PETA, examined through a skeptical lens that often emphasized empirical evidence and critical thinking. Of course, the show was also …

Why Arming Teachers Won’t Stop School Shootings

There is a myth in American culture of the heroic gunslinger, a character who saves the day by being quick on the draw. Popular imagination typically associates this with the Old West, thanks in no small part to influential novels and films that have commonly depicted shootings at high noon, grizzled sheriffs and deputies forced …

Kant’s Practical Moral Argument for Belief in God

There's an interesting argument in Immanuel Kant's Critique of Practical Reason. Moral theories, he claims, all ultimately rest on three postulates: God, freedom, and immortality of the soul. If one wants to believe in and pursue the moral life, one ought to also accept these postulates as the a priori conditions for doing so. Why …