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Ethical Musings · 1d ago

Some possibly heretical views about Sunday School

Let’s be honest about Sunday School.In my experience, clergy and laity widely regard Sunday School as an essential element of a congregation’s programming but equally widely hope that someon...
Ethical Musings · 6d ago

Fewer not more US troops for Afghanistan

The Pentagon has proposed sending an additional three to five thousand US troops to Afghanistan. The Trump administration appears likely to accept that recommendation.Sending troops into har...
Ethical Musings · 1W ago

Lessons from a terminal diagnosis

Receiving a diagnosis of having a fatal disease shocked me last September. The experience underscored three truths:Few of us know when we will die. And, except in cases in which death is imm...
Ethical Musings · 2W ago

Why won't Trump release his tax returns?

President Trump’s refusal to make his tax returns public is intriguing and troubling. The IRS routinely audits Presidential and Congressional tax returns. Yet former Presidents and most memb...
Ethical Musings · 3W ago

Aliens in a strange land

Aliens in a strange landThe focus of the Episcopal Café’s Magazine (a site to which I contribute a monthly essay – this is my April contribution) for April is captured in these questions:Wha...
Ethical Musings · 3W ago

The cost of saving a life

Today I researched on the internet the cost of the maintenance drug that I take to help extend the length of my remission. Although I could not find 2017 prices or the price at which the pha...
Ethical Musings · 1M ago

The meaning of resurrection

In my previous Ethical Musings’ post, “Holy Week and Theology lite,” I explained why resurrection without death is incomprehensible. At best, resurrection without death becomes a form of sel...
Ethical Musings · 1M ago

Not so steady at the helm

Chaos can be creative. The existence of chaos at the sub-atomic level of the cosmos introduces both novelty and the possibility for beings to have limited autonomy. Novelty and limited auton...
Ethical Musings · 1M ago

Holy Week and Theology lite

On Palm Sunday, a friend reported that the rector of his parish had preached a sermon, which my friend partially summarized in these words:He said he had a meeting with a Roman Catholic frie...
Ethical Musings · 2M ago

Transformation rather than conversion

The theological term conversion has sufficiently troubled me that I have avoided using it for decades. Initially, this avoidance was unconscious but more recently has been intentional.The En...