Beck and Becker

Tom Cathcart | October 29, 2016

Richard Beck, the author of The Slavery of Death [Eugene, OR, Cascade Books, 2014], is a professor of psychology at Abilene Christian University, a school affiliated with the Christian Churches, a self-described “evangelistic and Bible-based” denomination that believes in returning …

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The Devil’s Desiderata

Phil Hansten | November 10, 2013

Astronomers assumed for years that there were planets similar to earth throughout the universe… planets that could possibly harbor life and even intelligent beings. Now astronomers are regularly finding evidence of planets circling other stars (“exoplanets”). This virtually guarantees what …

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Soulnerd: The Third Spiritual Option

TDF Guest | August 28, 2012

“Life is like getting on a boat that is about to sink.” -D.T. Suzuki “The idea of death, the fear of it, haunts the human animal like nothing else; it is a mainspring of human activity–designed largely to avoid the …

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Mixed feelings about same-sex marriage

Dan Liechty | May 22, 2012

I knew it would happen–that somehow the issue of “same-sex marriage” would push front and center into the politics of our nation leading up to November’s elections. For the last 20 years, this issue pops up before elections as predictably …

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Teaching About Religion in the Public Schools

Dan Liechty | May 10, 2012

I listened in the other day on a conversation among students sparked by a news report on a proposed Alabama bill that would allow churches to teach religion classes to public school students for credit. []. The teaching would take …

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Let the Dead be Baptized

Dan Liechty | April 20, 2012

Recently there was a minor uproar when people learned that it is a practice of the Church of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) to “baptize the dead.” Although this practice is supposed to be limited to the direct bloodline ancestors of Mormon …

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Right Policy, Wrong Reasoning

Dan Liechty | March 13, 2012

Unlike Huffington Post commentator Sarah O’Leary ( I do not at all doubt the deep sincerity of the US Roman Catholic Bishops’ objections to the extension of birth control access among American women, nor their abhorrence at the thought that …

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TDF Guest | December 7, 2011

September 11, 2001, was all about death. While humans share with all forms of life a basic biological predisposition toward self-preservation, we are exceptional in our capacity for symbolic thought, for pondering the past, planning the future, and transforming the …

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The Good Place of Religion

Dan Liechty | August 15, 2011

Sunday afternoon, while driving through west Bloomington (what we might call “the poor side of town”) I saw a sign that said “Free Sale.” Intrigued, I followed the arrow to a bunch of tables with all sorts of stuff on …

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And when did you stop beating your wife…?

Dan Liechty | June 6, 2011

Well, May 21st came and went, without occurrence of The Rapture, as famously predicted by Harold Camping ( As rumor has it, Camping has reset the date for sometime in October. All of this seems very strange to most people, …

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