Cultivating Virtue: A Case for Reining in the State that Wants to Reign

© 2014 Robert OsburnFrom its earliest days, US leadership sought to keep the reins of government limited.  The all-consuming Leviathan state (to use Thomas Hobbes’ famous image) was, in their experience, a monster of royal proportions (as they often considered...

Secularizing Holy Week

© 2014 Robert OsburnI am accustomed to using this blog to make pronouncements about this or that, but this week after Holy Week I have to make a confession: While I intensely resist a secular philosophy, I am more secularized than I want to admit.  And the way I...

Nones are Something

© 2014 Robert OsburnMeet the Nones and their numbers: 20, 25, or 33.   The first number describes the percentage of Americans without religious affiliation, the second captures the percentage of first-year American college students who are likewise, and the...

Naturalism of the Gaps

 © 2014 Robert OsburnIf you toss out the rhetorical firebomb “God of the gaps” in most discussions about religion and science, you have just achieved a conversation-stopper. The theist who claims to see evidence of God as the Universe’s designer goes mum because,...