When Beford Falls Becomes Pottersville

This column was originally published in the CNN Belief Blog. My favorite Christmas movie is, unquestionably, Frank Capra’s 1946 feel-good flick “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed play George and Mary Bailey, a happy couple living a life of genteel poverty in the small American town of Bedford Falls. George is a kind … Read more

The Anti-Tebow Bias Isn’t About Football

This column was originally published in USA TODAY. How often do self-righteous football commentators have occasion to lament the behavior of modern players: Chad Johnson’s reality show and “Ocho-Cinco” publicity stunt; Adam “Pac-Man” Jones’ nightclub incidents; Michael Vick’s dog-fighting hobby; and the never-ending soap opera that is Brett Favre. The modern athlete is, they say, selfish, … Read more

The Hypocrisy of an Atheist’s Morality

This article was originally published in The Birmingham News – click here to read it at al.com. Richard Dawkins, the world’s most infamous atheist, is once again making headlines.   The author of “The God Delusion,” Dawkins has earned an international reputation as a polemicist, the religious receiving the brunt of his attacks. Now Dawkins has set … Read more