“Big Questions” is dead

February 7, 2012 • 9:06 am

There was a lot of ballyhoo when the Templeton Foundation launched its “Big Questions Online” website in 2010. Rod Dreher was in charge (and blogging), and, by promising to pay handsomely for articles, they solicited a bunch of accommodationist scholars to osculate the rump of faith.  I always thought of the site as sort of a BioLogos For Methodists.

I’ve visited there from time to time, and I’m happy to report that nothing has been put up at the site since last October, and very little since the middle of 2011. Last year Rod Dreher left Templeton as communications director to return to writing. “Big Questions” is dead.  Although the site was a source of endless accommodationist LOLs for me, it’s better off dead than as a living source of unintended humor.

But the site’s logo, which says a lot about the Templeton Foundation’s priorities, is still at the top:

27 thoughts on ““Big Questions” is dead

  1. If you cross-relate the items on the logo, you get religion hitched to markets and science hitched to morals. Could be!

  2. Any system based of usury is immoral. If I “share” a bushel of wheat with you, should I demand 2 bushels back within a Procrustean payment schedule? 4 bushels? Garrett Hardin’s PPCC ethics of the commons: Privatize-the-Profits: Commonize the Costs.

  3. What is “markets” doing in there with the rest of them? Is part of their mission showing that capitalism is as totally compatible with Christianity as science?

    1. For that matter, shouldn’t they have just gone with a trinity here instead?

      Or maybe not. This way they get to sneak a little Greek Cross into the logo.

    2. Now, I looked at it and saw DIVIDING lines, not joins.

      In my mind, that logo read as: “These four things never the twain shall meet”

    1. That’s a poorly worded poll, as most of these are:

      “Should the Catholic church be able to refuse government health care that allows sterilization, abortion-inducing drugs and contraception?”

      The correct answer is “yes…provided that they don’t accept any government funds.”

      1. no, the correct answer is:

        They have to abide by whatever secular laws exist on the books wherever their churches exist.

        If, say, a “moral” decision to avoid an abortion is forced in a case where the mother’s life is at stake, and she dies, in the states a person who made that decision could be charged with manslaughter.

        so, other than the overriding SECULAR laws, sure, they can make whatever “moral” decisions they wish.

        it’s got nothing to do with whether or not they receive government money.

  4. Actually I always felt that was “Big Questions – for Small Minds”. But that is so … strident.

  5. What a stupid logo.

    And so grossly transparent in hypocrisy.

    But perhaps they didn’t mean a cross? Perhaps it is a chart of Mendelian descent? 🙂

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