Ryan Patrick McLaughlin

Ryan Patrick McLaughlin, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at Siena College. 

Recent blog posts by this author

Why Saying 'God Is in Control' Isn't Helpful

Leading up to the election and on election day, I repeatedly encountered people calming their fears by saying, “It’s OK. No matter what happens, God is still on the throne.”  I identify as a Christian, but I find this sentiment unhelpful and...

Argument: The Christian God Doesn’t Seem Like Such a Good Father

Is God a “good Father”? My answer: No. At least, not as many people conceive God. Consider two claims that I hear about God quite often:  Claim 1: God does not owe us anything.  Claim 2: All glory, honor, and praise...

If 'Hell' Exists, What Does It Mean for God?

I don’t like the Christian doctrine of Hell.    I write this with a full awareness that the truth depends absolutely not at all on my personal preferences and sensibilities. What is, is, regardless of what I think or how I feel...

We're Being Trained NOT To See

I was reflecting today on the life of Siddhartha Gautama, who became the Buddha. According to Buddhist myth, Siddhartha was born under a prophecy that he would either become a great military ruler or a supremely enlightened holy man. His father...

Can a Good God Really Allow Evil?

Below is a Facebook post from Dr. Ryan McLaughlin, a professor of Religious Studies at Siena College in Albany, NY. In the post, he argues that Christians probably should question God’s goodness when confronted with the existence of evil in the...