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The Free Will Problem

The Free Will Problem Whenever I bring up the problem of evil in the world, believers talk to me about free will. That’s why there’s evil. God gave us free will and some people choose to act maliciously. That’s not God’s fault. And if God forced us to act with kindness, we wouldn’t really be good because we wouldn’t have the option of acting any other way. We would just be drones. Got it. However, why should a few madmen ...
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We Are Ice Age People

We tend to think that we came out of an ice age about 12,000 thousand years ago, and it’s true that we were in a glacial period from 2.6 million to 11,700 years ago. That was known as the Quaternary or Pleistocene Glaciation and is considered a major ice age. Subsequently, we had what’s called a Little Ice Age, which began in the sixteenth century and reached its peak around 1750, before receding to where we are today. We’re currently ...
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Becoming Better Stewards

I worry at times that I’m not a better steward of the environment. Walking along a path in the park, I often spot a discarded can, bag, wrapper, etc. and sometimes hesitate to pick it up. What is my responsibility to the world with respect to this item? Do I have an obligation to clean up someone else’s mess? I could bring a trash bag or bucket along on my walks like I’ve occasionally done in the past, but that ...
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Fixing the Small Problems

I accept that we can’t solve the big problems in America (and around the world) because there’s just too much divergence of opinion and animosity to the opposite point of view. But it turns out we can’t solve even a lot of smaller problems either – like changing the clocks twice a year. With big issues like climate change, inequality, Covid-19 and inflation, there are plenty of loud voices pushing for their side’s solutions. On climate change, for example, ExxonMobil, ...
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