When You Have More Than You Need

I saw this on Facebook, and thought it nicely addressed a common human instinct. When any of us rises above the general situation of poverty that characterizes human existence, our instinct is to protect that status, not to make sure the path is clear for others to get where we are. We must resist that [Read More…]

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Do as Jesus Says, Not as He Does?

Bruce Gerencser shared the above graphic, which another blogger made from a quote of his. Bruce writes, “for any Christian who happens to stumble upon my deep, dark, evil corner of the blogosphere, I’d love to hear your explanation of Jesus saying, love your enemies, while God, the alter-ego of Jesus, tortures his enemies in hell. [Read More…]

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Not Terrorism, Not Appropriate Either

Eddie Kouya drew attention to an article in the Daily Telegraph, about plans to use anti-terrorism legislation against teachers who use the classroom to tell students that same-sex marriage is wrong. I think we need to be careful about over-using the terminology of terrorism, cheapening it in precisely the way some conservative Christians have cheapened the term [Read More…]

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How to Apply the Greatest Commandments

If your appeal to prioritizing love for God over love for neighbor would have justified the priest in the parable of the Good Samaritan not stopping to help the robbery victim by the side of the road, then you are not applying what Jesus said were the greatest commandments in the way Jesus taught us [Read More…]

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Asking the Right Question

Two blog posts came to my attention yesterday, both focused on the importance of asking the right question, although otherwise on very different topics. First, Ben Irwin highlighted New Testament scholar Dale Martin’s words quoted in the image above. Determining what the loving thing to do is is not simple or challenging. But it is the right [Read More…]

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Is Racism a Mental Illness? #CharlestonShooting

I had someone comment on a Facebook post about the Charleston shooting, suggesting that mental illness must be involved. I responded in a number of ways, including asking whether all the people in lynch mobs in the south some decades ago were mentally ill. On the one hand, to blame mental illness can be a reprehensible [Read More…]

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Good and Evil

Let us now define the New Christian Right as people who get more upset about the possibility that they might have to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding than they do about revelations that their own representatives have not only molested children but covered up such molestation. If we can even call those “values” [Read More…]

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Even on Social Media

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The One True Religion, With Evidence

IO9 shared the above comic, depicting a future in which people have found a way to exploit a religious loophole in laws regarding medical ethics. It is OK to make exceptions for sincerely-held religious beliefs. Well, what if someone finds a way to foster certain beliefs, in the interest of scientific advancement…and profit? If you like the [Read More…]

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Pure Evil

Via Yuriy Stasyuk on Facebook. This is a clear violation of the Golden Rule. Treat the religions of others the way you want your own to be treated. Or better still, treat your own religious views with the honesty and moral sensibility that you use in relation to the religious claims and views of others. [Read more…]

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Pigmentation Pigeonholes

The quote is based on something I wrote in a comment discussing racism. The photo comes from a website which quite bizarrely asks whether dark skin with blue eyes has a “natural explanation” or is due to genetic mutation! [Read more…]

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