An Intro and the Skeptimergent Challenge

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As an atheist who works with religious persons, I am honored to be a part of these “Emerging Voices.” By way of introduction, I first met Holly Roach and Steve Knight at a conference they coordinated at Mission Gathering Church in San Diego. Ryan Bell, Adele Sakler, and myself were invited to lead a panel on Skeptimergent—a group of skeptics and non-believers interested in discussing the role that liberal and Emergent forms of Christianity took in their lives. I first came in contact with Emerg … [Read more...]

Do You Have a Gaudy God?

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Raining brimstone, epic deluges, trumpets from heaven...is your God showing off?We have all heard of insecure people who act out by throwing fits.  The kid who bullies others on recess, the child who screams when he doesn't get his way, the buff guy in the military who wants to fight at the bar.  We call these people "show-offs" and "assholes."  But what happens when you find your divinity throwing a hissy-fit?One of the first things you can do is exempt your God from these tantrums.  A … [Read more...]

Atheists and Christians Working Together: Me and Ryan Bell’s Online Course

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For many here on Emergent Village and Patheos Progressive Christian, working with Christians is second-nature.  But there are many of us atheists, humanists, skeptics, and non-believers, who have little to no idea about how to work with Christians.  Some of us (atheists and Christians) cannot get beyond the trivial Facebook debates, the subtle intellectual jabs at each other, and the unsophisticated, meme-based, generalizations of Christians and atheists.This is a great opportunity for l … [Read more...]

The Worst of Your Tradition: Own It!

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I remember having a back-and-forth with a Christian about the violence historically committed by Christians: the early persecution of heretics, the Crusades, the Spanish Inquisition, the European "Wars of Religion," slavery in the Americas, up to the bombings of abortion clinics and the killing of doctors who perform abortions.  His response, which has stuck with me to this day, was "don't compare the best of your tradition with the worst of mine."  This comment really made me think.  He was not … [Read more...]

An Interview with Brian McLaren on Faith, Doubt, and Atheism

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I met Brian a few years back when I picked him up from the airport for a conference I was coordinating at Claremont School of Theology.  During our ride back, we chatted about atheism, progressive Christianity, and ways we thought they could work together.  And as much as I wanted to find fault with him, his insipid kindness won me over.Since that time, I have been working with Churches, trying to find ways in which we can work together.  So I thought I would ask Brian some questions th … [Read more...]

An Epistle from Saul of Tarsus

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Some chose to leave. Some chose to stay and fight. I became lost, and chose to write.  Saul sends his greetingTo Evangelicals spread throughout Christendom:Saul of Tarsus, along with the brothers Franklin and James, bring you greetings from outside of prison.I have been thanking God for your incredible faith during the difficulties you have faced under the Obama administration. I have been told that this “persecutor of conservatives” has forced believers everywhere to have h … [Read more...]

Do Not Fix Others as You Would Not Want to be Fixed

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The internet, one might think, was invented as a place for angry, excessively confident people to try to fix others.But I think Glennon Melton has it right when she offers this contemporary parable about fixing:"Imagine that you have a new friend that you just love, and she’s coming to your house, and you finally liberate yourself enough to skip the panic-clean before she arrives. You decide that you trust her enough to walk in and see your messy house and you just KNOW that she will GET … [Read more...]

Homosexuality in Western culture: a cultural/theological perspective (Part 1 of 2)

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 I know, I know. I said last time that I was finished publishing on here. However, this series is for my critics. Enjoy!  PART ONE: The Cultural PerspectiveIn general I try to keep my articles much shorter than this, however because this topic is so convoluted it required much more. In one sense this article is a result of a personal journey through my study of homosexuality within our culture. The article is divided as such: Part One: The Cultural Perspective This … [Read more...]

Gungor: The Postmodern Anthem Band

It took me a long time to write this. I thought I should try to be objective since I was supposed to be reviewing Michael Gungor's book.  And that was a book I had to think about. A lot. As it became clear that I was far from impartial, my responsibility to write about this band still loomed. Plus, along the way I decided that Gungor is the perfect anthem band for the Postmodern Church/Movement.  And yes, I confess, I also became a fan.  So here are my top ten reasons to my claim wrapped in some … [Read more...]

The Death of a Beautiful Woman

"The death, then, of a beautiful woman is, unquestionably, the most poetical topic in the world."--Edgar Allen Poe--I have always been a fan of the gloomy Mr. Poe.  I remember the first time I purchased his Complete Works and spent a summer reading through it.  I was infatuated in the aesthetics of his vocabulary, how we painted the world dark with words, and how the confidence of his prose contrasted with his emotional instability.  I was also interested in how he viewed religion and re … [Read more...]


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