When we see others who are not doing as well as we are, we need a method for making sense of that. Without religious beliefs, many people seize upon politics with the same moral fervor.
We are a culture awash in self-acceptance. This is seldom more apparent than in the way we speak of—and try not to speak of—abortion.
When one person acts and apologizes for his group’s past sins and oppressions, it may make for a feel-good moment, but it does little to solve long-held grievances.
The Senate’s decision carries two outcomes: keep an innocent man from his rightful place on the Supreme Court, or place a man guilty of sexual assault on the highest court in the land.
“It’s not an issue of whether you find one person compelling or another person compelling. It’s an issue of whether we have evidence to convict someone.”
“It is just so crucial that we believe in innocence until proven guilty. To say that these claims don’t come close to meeting the standard of guilt is a huge understatement.”
The less prone we are to self-examination, the more self-aggrandizing we become in our denunciations. It’s making our society harsher.
Ta-Nehisi Coates has accidentally hit upon a central Christian doctrine that Christians refuse to talk about: We are guilty, and we can do nothing about it.
Purity Culture is a lazy, convenience-based solution to a complex spiritual problem, one that has cost many their mental, physical, and spiritual wellbeing.
If we can find out whom to blame and avoid their mistakes, then those horrible, awful child-abduction, battery-swallowing, sudden-infant-death nightmares will never come true for us.
Not being maximally risk-averse is sensible. But when the worst happens, we must find a way to live with the knowledge that we didn’t do all we could. No parent is immune from this.
Although the show’s premise is rooted in the virtue of abstinence, ‘Jane the Virgin’ avoids moral absolutes—and thus the possibility of guilt—at every turn.
It seems logical for a person grieving a miscarriage to turn in hate towards those who choose to abort their unborn children. While this danger exists, reality is much more interesting.
The curtained confessional stands as the emblem of a moral universe remote from the temper of our time. Now, we excuse evildoing, and blame the innocent.
Sweat was running down the back of my neck, but I didn’t turn on the air conditioner. I wanted to feel the heat. I wanted the distraction from the pain.
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