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. … [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 … [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 … [Read more...]

emergent is dead (to me)

To be honest, I had completely forgotten that I was a contributor to this blog. Back in April of last year I had started a post called, "farewell emergent?" Up until that time, I was really interested in the whole "conversation," and I wanted to be part of it. I was reading as much as I could, listening to as many podcasts as I could, and I even started a group that was sort of an emergent "cohort" of skeptics and progressive Christians here in Raleigh. I really thought that I had found a niche, … [Read more...]

Religion and Hip-Hop in my Youth

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“What do you believe in heaven or hell?  We don’t believe in heaven cuz’ we’re livin’ in hell.”—Raekwon Lately I have been thinking a lot about religion and hip-hop.  I recently came across Dr. Monica Miller’s interview in the Washington Post about religion and hip-hop, which prompted me to write a piece of my own.  From the age of 13, when I was first introduced to hip-hop culture, to 18, when I finally opened up to other music, all I listened to were lyrics over beats.  … [Read more...]

Earth Interrupted: by Bill Dahl … November 1st

Human imagination has always been captured by great mythic stories filled with mysterious wisdom. This is one of those stories that engages, draws you in, and takes you to a liminal space where you have to wrestle with the earthly experience humanity finds itself. "Earth Interrupted" is that story, where you are interrupted to think deeply about earth. Bill Dahl is a story teller who senses the urgency of our time. The following is an interview Bill completed regarding the upcoming release of … [Read more...]

Doug Pagitt Radio – Hiatus, Sabbatical, Vacation

This week's edition of DPR is the last broadcast until June 2014. Doug needs to take sometime away from the show to focus on his new book ad will be taking a hiatus/sabbatical/vacation from the show. As Victoria put it, "he's only 1 human being". Victoria will use the time to recover from her latest head wound. We might get back together for a one-off/special edition of the show between now and June. Follow Doug on Facebook and Twitter for updates on the show. We love our listeners and thank … [Read more...]

5 Interesting Facts about Women and Religion

Part of my research is focused on how the social sciences relate to "religion" and religious studies.  More specifically, I spend time examining the sociology of religion.  I look at stats, demographics, and polls.  I look at rates of attendance, frequency of prayer, levels of "religiosity," apostates (or the less religiously-loaded term "exiters"), and political outlooks.  I also look at how bias this area of study is in favor of religion.  One facet of this work that has always … [Read more...]

Doug Pagitt Radio – Aug 1 2013 – Interview With Mark Scandrette

This week we checked in with Mark Scandrette. Mark co-authored the book Free with his wife Lisa. The book is the culmination of seven years of financial workshops. This book embodies Mark's "Jesus Dojo". Listen Here: Watch Here: … [Read more...]

Doug Pagitt Radio -7/25/2013

After a few weeks off we are back! This week on Doug Pagitt Radio we kicked off the show with a quick grammar lesson from Victoria (everyone loves grammar). We also spoke with Matthew Lee Anderson, the author of  The End of Our Exploring. If you are interested about being an interviewer at the Wild Goose Festival next month shoot a message over to Victoria or Doug. Listen Here: Watch Here: … [Read more...]


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