How To Get The Least Possible Out Of University Religion Classes

Michael Kruger has made a video which describes his own experience of having taken classes with Bart Ehrman, who he depicts as attacking Christianity. He complains that youth groups do not prepare student intellectually for their experience at university. That is true – but what Kruger seems to want is not intellectual and academic preparation, but inoculation that [Read More...]

The Fundamentalist Interprets Scripture (Sheep and Goats)

On the day of Biblical interpretation, the fundamentalist sits on his glorious throne, and separates Bible passages before him, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And to those on his right, he says, “Come, things the Bible clearly says! For I was confident, and your fostered my arrogance; I was certain, and you gave [Read More...]

False Gospels

The sermon last Sunday was about Galatians 1, where Paul talks about the Galatians having turned aside to a different gospel, which is really no gospel at all. Ironically, those who are the most prone to accuse most of their contemporaries as proclaiming a “false gospel” look a lot more like Paul’s opponents than Paul [Read More...]

Talking Back to the Bible

For the inerrantist, it is all supposedly about getting “back to the Bible,” and there have been numerous fundamentalist pamphlets, books, and sermons with that title. Once we escape the grip of inerrantism, we can instead talk back to the Bible. As I wrote in response to a Facebook comment on a recent post, instead [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...]

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...]

Whose Fault Is It?

The Facebook page Science and Scripture has been making and sharing a number of interesting images. This one nicely sums up an important point about the false antithesis between Christianity and science, and the falsehoods about science, that young-earth creationists peddle. They tell people they have to choose between the Bible and science, and then they [Read More...]

When Churches Make People Need Therapy (or Why Anti-Gay Christianity is an Abomination)

I confess that I was not aware of Shane Dawson before I saw this video which has been circulating over the past couple of days. [NOTE: video contains swearing] I want to express my appreciation for the honest sincerity with which Dawson talks about his sexual identity. And I want to draw attention to the role that [Read More...]

What If You’re Wrong?

Multiple posts came to my attention recently, all of which seek to respond to the conservative assumption that it is liberals who need to worry about being wrong in accepting gays and lesbians, as well as more generally. Cindy Brandt writes, To be honest, I am not certain this is the correct stance to take. Long ago, I repented of [Read More...]

Virtuoso Expression of Love

“There is only one defense against the rising, worldwide, fear-filled fundamentalist tide engulfing all religions (including the intolerant religion of the New Atheists) which once engulfed me: the embrace of paradox and uncertainty as the virtuoso expression of love.” – Frank Schaeffer, Why I am an Atheist Who Believes in God: How to give love, [Read More...]

Same-Sex Marriage and Opposite-Sex Divorces

If those who are against same-sex marriages want to use the Bible to argue against such marriages, they will need to explain why they are taking only part of the biblical definition of marriage. And if they want to complain about the redefinition of marriage, they should focus on the redefinition that made marriage a [Read More...]


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