Monthly Archives: October 2022

Everything happens for a reason, and the reason is…

Most theologians, I suspect, do not do math well. But it appears that one of the biggest challenges to the many religious explanations of theodicy (Why do bad things happen? Why do good things happen?) may the basic normal probability distribution. I’m not trying to be sacrilegeous here. However, if I must describe this in theological terms, I prefer a… Read more »

When not-so-good people disagree

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The moral conversation

I started a chain of blog posts on ethics back in 2018 under the continuing theme called “Good People Disagree,” reflecting back on a model of ethics I had developed while formally studying the topic 30 years ago. My assertion has been that the most difficult corners of ethical reasoning and discussion are found in cases where the disagreeing parties… Read more »

Hurricane Ian, probability, and the Greek Fates

The three Fates

“God made Florida a swamp, and God wants it back.” (unknown) I cast my lot with the Greek Fates on some good odds regarding Hurricane Ian and we survived pretty much unscathed. Next time, though, I will probably leave if I have the ability to do so, even with the same odds.