Posted inHistory

Fascism in India: Who’s ‘in charge’ of 1.4 billion?

Reading Time: 8 minutes There’s something fascinating, if also disturbing, about Western incuriosity around the world’s largest democracy. 1.4 billion of our world’s 7.8 live in India, a country a third the size of the US, which has under a quarter of India’s population. How can the fortunes of so many mean so little? Nevertheless, India exists in the […]

Posted inEducation

Religion and education: Let’s be perfectly clear

Reading Time: 5 minutes Despite a long-time understanding among sociologists that certain forms of religious belief and identification undercut educational attainment, contrarian social scientists and religious apologists often argue that education and religion are completely compatible. Recent arguments by Ilana Horwitz and Ryan Burge go further to claim that religion may even enhance educational success. Such arguments wither under […]

Posted inPhilosophy

Understanding eternity (Hint: It’s a very long time)

Reading Time: 2 minutes Whether you are a heaven-and-hell-believing evangelical or a Christian universalist (where everyone gets saved), you’ll have some kind of belief in a transcendent soul living in some situation for eternity. But eternity is a very long time. Problematically so. People often seem to defend billionaires without realizing how big a billion really is and how […]

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If Jesus was a man, why does he never do anything wrong?

Reading Time: 3 minutes Christians like circles. Especially arguing in them. I have just started reading the late biblical scholar Hector Avalos’ recent book Slavery, Abolitionism, and the Ethics of Biblical Scholarship. In the introduction, he points out a startlingly obvious and yet incredibly important observation. “My project actually began with a puzzling experience,” he writes. “If one reads […]