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Posted inLaw

We are living in a judicial dictatorship

Reading Time: 4 minutes Decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court, just in the past few weeks, have profoundly changed life in our nation. These changes involve abortion, gun control, government funding of religion, and most recently, climate change regulation. All of these rulings were made with a 6-3 or 5-4 conservative majority. In effect, many aspects of our lives […]

Posted inPolitics

Supreme Court forces taxpayers to fund religious education

Reading Time: 4 minutes “What a difference five years makes. In 2017, I feared that the Court was ‘lead[ing] us … to a place where separation of church and state is a constitutional slogan, not a constitutional commitment. Today, the Court leads us to a place where separation of church and state becomes a constitutional violation.” -Justice Sotomayor’s Dissent […]

Posted inLeaving Religion

Evolution of an atheist

Reading Time: 6 minutes Blaise Pascal, the famous 17th-century French philosopher and mathematician, had some advice for those who were undecided about the existence of God. In what has become known as “Pascal’s Wager,” he argued that, given a choice between believing or not believing in God, the wise decision is to believe that God exists. “If you gain, […]

Posted inFiction

Faith with a smile

Reading Time: 2 minutes Guest post by Bert Bigelow, a long-time contributor to A Tippling Philosopher.  Sometimes dreams can be quite entertaining. Here is one I had recently. I was shopping for veggies at a local farmer’s market, and I noticed a guy who was watching me closely. In fact, he was staring at me. Now, I am not […]

Posted inFiction

A conversation with God

Reading Time: 4 minutes My jogging companion didn’t show up yesterday. He was suffering from muscle spasms in his back, and decided to take the day off. So, I was on my own for the daily five-mile walk. It was a gorgeous day…sunny, light breeze, a few wispy clouds, about 70 degrees. Just right to wear a sweatshirt and […]

Posted inEnvironment

‘Acts of God’ and the climate crisis: Who’s responsible?

Reading Time: 4 minutes Religious believers often invoke the name of the Almighty in their speech. Survivors of natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, or earthquakes thank God for protecting them…and apparently absolve Him of blame for failing to protect those who perished. They may justify that in their own mind by believing they were more righteous than the […]

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