Friday, September 20, 2013

C is for Carlin

This is the next in my ABC's essays. I hope you enjoy it. There will be a podcast up in the next few days covering this one. 

In my previous essay for this series, I wrote about humor, particularly bad taste. One of the comics that I’ve enjoyed for most of my life is the late George Carlin. A wordsmith of incomparable wit, Carlin holds a place of esteem even among his own profession’s best representatives. Widely considered influential for both his content and the style of comedy he utilized, George Carlin helped me fall in love with language and recognize the potency of words.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Avoiding Patriarchy: Women and College


I regularly cruise through Christian blogs, I don’t leave comments on them but I do enjoy reading them. Peeking into the thoughts and concerns of religious people offers insights into their mindsets I’m not privy to normally. While I don’t have any religious beliefs, I do sometimes share similar concerns. One concern deals with the role of women in American culture. I’m in the feminist camp for quite a few ideals, specifically the right of women to self-determination. It’s this stance that makes me rather upset when I see people using bad arguments to stand against female self-determination.
I came across an article on Fix the Family, a site devoted to Catholic teachings. The article in question was written by the co-founder of the site, Raylan Alleman, entitled “6 Reasons (+2) to NOT Send Your Daughter to College”. I’ll examine the article more in-depth but from the other output on this man’s website, this seems par for the course.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Ten Cliches Christians Shouldn't Use- An Atheist's Perspective

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/christianpiatt/2012/07/ten-cliches-christians-should-never-use/ 


I recently discovered a blog on Patheos from Christian Piatt, a self-described liberal Christian. One of his articles (the link is above) caught my attention and got me thinking (which is always the best kind of essay). It was written from the perspective of someone still within the faith. I felt the need to write a response from my own perspective, chiefly as someone who was once a believer and has now moved over to skepticism and atheism. The ten choices are Piatt’s but the responses are mine.