#GenCon Religion

While there is a Sunday worship service at Gen Con (which I didn’t go to), and on Friday there was a panel about Christianity and gaming, Saturday seems to have been “religion day” at Gen Con this year. There were three sessions dedicated to the topic of religion in gaming and fiction, and I made it to [Read More...]

You Won’t Believe The Cosmology

I shared the above Ziggy cartoon once before. But having happened across it again, I was struck by the subversive message of the cartoon. An alien that looks like an angel talks to Ziggy, a human, and then expresses amazement to another of his alien race at the cosmology humans have come up with. The reference is presumably to [Read More...]

Belief informs Behavior

Ben Irwin wrote recently on his blog: If your theology leads to behavior that is unloving or unkind, chances are there’s a problem with your theology. Belief informs behavior. Your actions are shaped in part by your theology. In which case, the ultimate test of any rule or doctrine is not, “Does it cohere intellectually?” but, “Does [Read More...]

The Paranormal Conspiracy

I’m happy to be able to participate in the Patheos Book Club about Timothy Dailey’s book, The Paranormal Conspiracy: The Truth about Ghosts, Aliens and Mysterious Beings. A quote on the front cover describes the book as a mix between Mythbusters and Frank Peretti. In reading the book, I saw plenty of the latter, but [Read More...]

Love Your Neighbor More Than Your Theology

What Daniel Kirk said recently on his blog speaks for itself, but click through for the context, and see Fred Clark’s further thoughts on the subject. [Read more...]

How To Grow A Church

I was struck by the headline that a man had “grown a church” – entirely from trees – in four years. Apparently he had some high-tech help. But I soon thought that it would be interesting to compare what is involved in growing what many people call a “church” today – i.e. a building – with [Read More...]

To be Christian is to be Self-Critical

Thom Stark wrote the words below on Facebook, and it seemed not just worthwhile but important to share them with a wider audience. Some Americhristians really, really don’t like it when you point out that slavery and polygamy are endorsed by the Bible. Some Americhristians really, really don’t like it when you point out that [Read More...]

Science and Christianity in the U. S.

I’ve been meaning for a while to share this visual depiction of the stance of various religious groups in the United States when it comes to evolution: See also Mark Noll’s article on the history of science and Christianity, Karl Giberson’s on why losing Adam and Eve is so hard, and Zack Kopplin on the [Read More...]

Belonging to God

“It is much easier to belong to a group than to belong to God. To belong to a group one usually has to be convinced the group is ‘right’; to belong to God, one always knows one is as wrong as everybody else.” – Fr. Richard Rohr, Job and the Mystery of Suffering: Spiritual Reflections [Read More...]

Editor Sought for Implicit Religion

I learned a few weeks ago of the passing of Edward Bailey, who pretty much single-handedly pioneered the academic study of “implicit religion.” He also established and edited the journal by the same name. I had been in touch with him in connection with an upcoming issue focused on Doctor Who, in which an article of mine [Read More...]

Stop White Christian Immigration Now!

America is under attack. We can look back over the history of our nation and recall figures like William Cornell way back in 1863, or James Holmes and Dylann Roof from more recently. We can look over the list Wikipedia provides of more than a hundred rampage killers and other examples of mass violence in American [Read More...]


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