Beyond Dynamic Conceptions of Religious Identity, and Into Fundamentals of Being

Beyond Dynamic Conceptions of Religious Identity By David Metcalfe August 27, 2019 Saints and Sinners I think that, as a child, I was raised to have a certain amount of hostility to “non-believers”. It’s something implicit in Christianity- dividing the “saved” and the “unsaved”. It’s the same kind of “saint/sinner” dichotomy formed in many ideologies- communism’s “proletariat/bourgeoisie”, 18th century America’s “white/black”, Nazism’s “Aryan/Jew”, etc. If … Continue reading Beyond Dynamic Conceptions of Religious Identity, and Into Fundamentals of Being

Eucharist, Communion, Sacrament: Whatever You Call It, It’s Insane

Eucharist, Communion, Sacrament: Whatever You Call It, It’s Insane By David Metcalfe August 22, 2019 Jesus For Breakfast Imagine sitting down to eat at Denny’s and looking through the menu: pancakes, waffles, eggs, the Son of God, bacon, breakfast wrap, oh wait, why is “the Son of God” a breakfast option? It’s because Jesus told people to eat him. In John 6:54 he says, “Whoever … Continue reading Eucharist, Communion, Sacrament: Whatever You Call It, It’s Insane

Big, Unanswered Questions I Have About Economics

Big, Unanswered Questions I Have About Economics By David Metcalfe August 20, 2019 Can We Just Donate Our Personal Income To End Poverty? I used to think of fighting poverty as an entirely moral issue. “If only people would donate more money!” was the simple answer I had. It obviously frustrated me, because people seem to have very little, if any, interest in helping others … Continue reading Big, Unanswered Questions I Have About Economics

Too Bad We Aren’t All Cowboys: A Review of Stupid People and Their Guns

Too Bad We Aren’t All Cowboys: A Review of Stupid People and Their Guns By David Metcalfe August 12, 2019 America Might Have A Gun Problem When terrorists hijacked planes and flew them into the World Trade Center, killing thousands of people, it was a national tragedy. The government responded quickly and effectively. Airport and border security were never the same. The government monitored phones, … Continue reading Too Bad We Aren’t All Cowboys: A Review of Stupid People and Their Guns

When Is It Ok To Treat People Like Garbage?

When Is It Ok To Treat People Like Garbage? By David Metcalfe August 10, 2019 We all want to feel important, powerful, and to express ourselves. There are all kinds of ways to go about doing that, but the most effective way is to treat others like garbage. Now, the problem is that there are certain social rules and norms stopping you from treating people … Continue reading When Is It Ok To Treat People Like Garbage?

The Empathy I Have For Gay People (And Questions I Have For God)

The Empathy I Have For Gay People (And Questions I Have For God) By David Metcalfe August 7, 2019 The Politics of Identity Being that I’m a straight, white male, it’s hard for me to understand and appreciate what other people go through. It’s very easy for someone like me to say, “identity politics is stupid; let’s just treat everyone the same!”. Obviously, saying that … Continue reading The Empathy I Have For Gay People (And Questions I Have For God)