Andrew Tallman

Posted July 03, 2011

Let me begin by saying that although I enjoy playing golf, I don’t generally watch it on television. So, I didn’t personally see NBC’s double-butchering of the Pledge of Allegiance last week during the US Open broadcast. But having since watched it, I believe I see this fiasco a bit differently from many of my fellow religionists.

Posted March 22, 2011

The New York Times columnist Gail Collins began her March 9th column by saying, “It’s been nearly nine weeks since that tragic shooting in Tucson, and you may be wondering whether there’s been any gun legislation proposed in the aftermath.”

Posted January 17, 2011

Sadly, it’s the one few people are answering in columns and on the radio in recent days. This is an understandable mistake, since the question I’ve asked has only one all-too-obvious answer: Jared Lee Loughner is most to blame.

Posted December 28, 2010

If you’ve ever heard some Christian critic of Christmas, then you’ve certainly heard something like this argument...

Posted December 17, 2010

Where do you find the largest, most intrusive and liberty-violating form of government?

Posted November 16, 2010

The cultural shift on contraception and abortion (both universally despised just 60 years ago but now widely accepted) should serve as an illustration of what would happen if currently illicit behaviors were decriminalized.

Posted November 02, 2010

One of the challenges in approaching any complicated topic is to deal with each particular slice of the discussion on its own merits.

Posted October 28, 2010

Imagine one calm afternoon while you sit on your patio reading a book that your phone rings. On the other end is your 33-year-old firefighter son sounding rather anxious.

Posted January 28, 2010

It’s currently in vogue among conservatives to argue that health care reform should not pass because it is unpopular. The argument sounds like this: “Public support for Obama’s plan has dipped to just 36 percent.

Posted November 20, 2009

When I argue that abortion under most circumstances should be illegal, I am charged with trying to legislate morality.

Posted November 17, 2009

Teaching introductory logic for ten years made me vividly aware of the low average quality of reasoning among college students. It also showed me how little improvement can realistically be accomplished by only one semester’s training in the art of thinking clearly.

Posted October 06, 2009

Are those who strongly oppose President Obama racists? President Carter and Maureen Dowd think so. But President Clinton and even Mr. Obama himself don’t seem to agree. Who is correct?

Posted September 23, 2009

As you continue to advocate for health care reform I wanted to take a moment to express my concern. First, I am pleased with my current health plan—both the health care itself and the price I pay for it.

Posted January 22, 2009

Today is the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court ruling which essentially decriminalized abortion for our entire country.

Posted December 19, 2008

“The Bible says nothing directly about abortion.” Have you ever heard this claim before? I know I have. And the uncomfortable truth is that, in a certain sense, it’s accurate.

Posted October 31, 2008

People who are otherwise quite smart become suddenly stupid when the subject is money. I don’t mean they manage their own money poorly, although that is often the case.

Posted September 09, 2008

I assume it is unnecessary to answer the logically prior question of whether or not they hate Sarah Palin.

Posted August 21, 2008

As a Christian who takes the Bible seriously, I believe that any sexual activity other than that between a man and his wife is illicit. This includes adultery, premarital sex and, of course, homosexuality.

Posted July 31, 2008

It is core doctrine of pro-gay orthodoxy that homosexuals are born gay. Though science has yet failed to affirm or deny this, the vast majority of gays and their supporters are convinced of it.

Posted July 24, 2008

Two different people recently contacted me for my advice on virtually identical situations that arose in the wake of California’s decision to solemnize same-gender relationships.