Christopher Hitchens 1949-2011

Christopher Hitchens, sometimes referred to as one of the “four horsemen” of the “new atheist” movement, has passed away. He was 62. As a liberal Christian, I appreciate individuals such as Hitchens, since the same problems he highlighted with respect to the Bible and historic Christianity are the reasons I find conservative Christianity unpersuasive. The [Read More…]

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Spiritual Agoraphobia

In my Sunday school class yesterday, we found ourselves talking about Paul’s at times universalist-sounding language in Romans, and how it relates to traditional Christian ideas about salvation, punishment and afterlife. I shared my own thought that it is hard to believe that Paul, having worked in the first part of his letter to demolish [Read More…]

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Atheism and Skepticism are not Coterminous

What is the message of this billboard? As Hemant Mehta as well as various news outlets are pointing out, the message is that atheists, however much they may think of themselves as ultra-skeptical and critical thinkers, aren’t always. Having “skeptics” or “freethinkers” in the name of your organization or in your self-description doesn’t mean it [Read More…]

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Torchwood: Invisible Eugene, Out of Time, and the Soul of Sci-Fi

The ninth episode of the first season of Torchwood, “Invisible Eugene,” is full of poignant double entendres and symbolism. The title itself reflects the life of an individual who, after failing in a math competition, was abandoned by his father and ignored by most people as he followed a trajectory that involved entering into possession [Read More…]

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Everything Changes from Day One when you start watching Torchwood

You may be surprised to learn what a latecomer I am to Torchwood. I just started watching the show a few days ago – and I don’t mean just started getting caught up on the latest season, but I just watched the first two episodes from season 1 a few days ago. As a Doctor [Read More…]

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The Significance of 666 Revealed

For some people, it is not clear why the number 666 was chosen to represent a power hostile to Christianity. But the photo below (HT Hemant Mehta) explains it: [Read more…]

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Atheism and Liberalism Discussion Continues

I didn’t get to mention it until now, but the blog Unreasonable Faith has shared some thoughts in response to my post about atheists and Liberal Christians. It sparked off quite a lot of discussion in the comment section. I’m guessing not everyone clicked through to read the original post, since some comments didn’t seem [Read More…]

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Lightweight Atheists Pummeling A Corpse

The new atheists. Others have called them “soft-core atheists” and “amateur atheists”. What follows is a review of two books by theologians critical of the “new atheism”, and one book by an atheist whose writing and vision have more substance than that of the “new atheists”. I love reading books simultaneously that complement or contrast [Read More…]

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Repost of a Christian-Atheist Dialogue

What follows is a lengthy discussion I had with an atheist earlier this year on my old blog. I thought it might be of interest to regular readers and to new visitors from Pharyngula and elsewhere around the blogosphere where I have been involved in conversations. _________________________________ Andrew Krause was kind enough to send me [Read More…]

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