Homosexuality Is Not a Sin

“Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin."Not sure if I hate the sin, but I hate this saying. Well, at least when used in reference to homosexuality.The primary reason that I bristle against this saying is that I reject the idea that homosexuality is a sin. We should love everyone, including sinners. So, I am not saying that we should instead hate the sinner.I am not rejecting the idea of sin at all. Instead, I am saying that the construct which frames homosexuality as a sin is figment of c … [Read more...]

No Liberals Here! (Adventures in Sunday School)

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Okay, it might be an exaggeration to call anything that happens at church an adventure. We will stick with the series title "Adventures in Sunday School" nonetheless. This is the start of series about the experiences of a theological and political liberal in a conservative church.On Sunday, my son (13) was told in Sunday School that he and his classmates were lucky that they did not grow up around liberals.These are the type of things my son loves sharing with mom and dad on the … [Read more...]

Charity vs. Justice part 2

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As a mainline protestant pastor it may be odd to be writing a post on a Mormon blog. But I got to know Chris Henrichsen through his run for congress in Wyoming and I really came to respect not only his campaign but the person behind it. We've had a number of discussions about religion, politics, and life in Wyoming and so I was invited to write for this site. This is my first attempt to do so.I wanted to follow up on a previous post on the difference between charity and justice because I … [Read more...]

“…they depict God as a monster moved solely by God’s own power and glory….” #rawlsreligion

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Following his experiences in World War II, John Rawls more and more moved away from Christianity. He explains that his difficulties were "always moral ones, since my fideism remained firm against all worries about the existence of God." (Rawls 2010, 263)Fideism is the view that there cannot be an evidence-based or scientific proof of the existence of God. Since, Rawls' view of the existence of God was not in question, his departure from Christianity was not an exodus towards Atheism, … [Read more...]

The Good Samaritan as The Other

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The parable of the Good Samaritan is well known and much beloved. The image of the caring Samaritan tending to the bruised and bleeding traveler speaks to the goodness of mankind; despite our egoism.I have noticed that this parable often shows up in secular moral theory. John Rawls uses it as an example of an reasonable religious concept that would fit within the parameters public reason (see “The Idea of Public Reason Revisited" by John Rawls). It is also used in a number of ways t … [Read more...]

Strange Gods: The Idol of Ideas (Chap. 3)

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NOTE: See my earlier posts in this series here and here.Over the course of my life I have defined myself--sometimes with regretable pride and narrow-minded passion--as a New Yorker, an Irish woman, a liberal, a feminist, a Democrat, A Catholic, a mother, a student, a healer, a Yankee fan, a manager, a Christian, a post-feminist--the list goes on and on. (39)Well, this Orioles fan was waiting for Elizabeth Scalia to put post-Yankees fan at some point on that list. Maybe it is in a … [Read more...]

More Than Belief: Faith as a Relationship with God.

I recently heard somebody refer to faith as a verb. While many verbs are involved in faith, I would say that faith is itself not a verb, but it is a noun.Faith in Jesus Christ is not believing in Christ. Having faith in Christ is having a relationship with Him. A relationship is a noun. What then does this thing involve? That is a more complex issue.What does any relationship require? We could probably come up with a long list, but I will note a few that stand out to me.Trust. We must be … [Read more...]


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