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When church-goers declare, “I believe in God, the Father almighty, maker of Heaven and Earth,” they refer to the psychological state of “belief.” But what is the psychological nature of religious “belief”—or credence? And do believers really believe their so-called "beliefs"?

What we think about Edward Snowden exposing the NSA’s program of spying on our emails, phone calls, and the like, probably turns on what we think about privacy. So what is privacy? An inalienable right? Or a privilege we need to give up on behalf of national security?

According to the Bible, when Adam and Eve ate that darned apple, they tainted all of humankind with Original Sin. But why should anybody be held responsible for what someone else did?  What kind of justice is that?

There's an old saying -- “One person’s terrorist is another person’s freedom fighter.”  That suggests the words “terrorism” and “terrorist” are contested terms. Are these words so entangled in rhetoric and polemics that they're useless for objective philosophical discussion?


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  • July 24, 2014 : Theological Correctness Part I: The Question
    I grew up as a boy going to the Christian Reformed Church, in which every Sunday we would recite...
  • July 24, 2014 : Privancy and The New Surveillance Society – Big Brother Grows Up
    We all got a rude awakening when Edward Snowden exposed the NSA’s spying on our emails, phone...
  • July 22, 2014 : Tainted by the Sins of Our Fathers?
    This week, we’re discussing moral taint and collective responsibility. We’re asking the...
  • June 26, 2014 : Anatomy of a Terrorist
    This week we're looking at the Anatomy of a Terrorist. But how exactly do you know what is or isn'...
  • June 13, 2014 : 'Human' is an honorific title (video)

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