Samson Gets an “F” in Ethics

Brandon Withrow interviewed me a while back for an article he was writing. The article has now appeared online in On Faith. Click through to read it. Brandon’s post on his own blog mentioning the article, which is about violence in the Bible, has the provocative title “Evangelical Professors Give Moses an ‘F’ in Ethics.” Since [Read More...]

The Path to Discerning God’s Will

We had a really interesting discussion in my Sunday school class today. The focus was on the idea of God's will, and the view some Christians hold that there is a perfect will of God for each life, including where one should study, whom if anyone one should marry, where one should work, and so [Read More...]

Morality and Religion

The image was apparently created by an atheist. But contrary to what some claim, there is no particular reason why its viewpoint ought to be considered inherently atheistic. If we look at the Biblical literature, rarely if ever does anyone in it claim that it requires special divine revelation for human beings to tell right [Read More...]

Self-Righteousness Made Easy

Two posts that appeared yesterday on blogs I read seemed to me to converge on a common point, albeit from opposite sides. First, Fred Clark offered a post about American Evangelicalism’s demonization of others (both real and imagined) so as to bolster its own goodness. At the end, after quoting C. S. Lewis, he writes: [Read More...]

God and George Takei Agree

Both of these were in my Facebook feed last night, and so it seemed worth sharing them together. In case you have missed the news, Fred Phelps, founder of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church, has been excommunicated from that church and is said to be near death.   [Read more...]

Save the Children

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Internet Ethics

Christian Brady shared the above Bizarro cartoon. There are a number of important topics it gets at. One is the simple fact that some think the Bible contains material that looks ahead to later science and technology, and yet the evidence does not support this. But another is that, for those of us who appreciate [Read More...]

Walking the Extra Mile With Pastries for Gay People

Rachel Held Evans has written about the legislation currently under discussion in Arizona. Her words are insightful. I quoted part of her post above. Here is a little more: You know who was actually persecuted for their religious beliefs?  Jews under Roman occupation in the first century.   And you know what Jesus told those Jews to [Read More...]

Against My Beliefs

Via several people and groups on Facebook. [Read more...]

Gay Wedding Cake Discrimination

In comments on my post yesterday about standing against discrimination and other forms of injustice, the issue was brought up about the religious freedom of those who want to be able to refuse services to those they object to – in this instance, to refuse to cater for a same-sex wedding. That is when it [Read More...]

I Will Not Stand By Quietly While History Repeats Itself

When it is pointed out, whether by myself or others, that the methods of interpreting the Bible used by today's conservatives are the same ones that have been used in the past to justify slavery and discrimination, I am sometimes told that I am exaggerating the situation and the dangers. They sometimes insist that the [Read More...]


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