Revelation 8-9: A Bitter Pill to Swallow

Today in my Sunday school class we tackled chapters 8-9 of Revelation, featuring the seven trumpets. We discussed the attempts of some futurist interpreters to see in the locusts Russian attack helicopters capable of launching nuclear missiles, or in Wormwood the Chernobyl disaster (Chernobyl means “Wormwood” in Ukrainian). The biggest problem with that approach is [Read More...]

May The Faith Be With You

IO9 has previously shared examples of religious statues and iconography being transformed into superheroes, and when I’ve seen them I’ve shared some of them here. Today, IO9 shared samples of what an artist has done with statues and imagery of the Virgin Mary. Below are a couple of them. Click through to see more.    [Read More...]

Matthew West – Forgiveness

Christian music often gets a bad rap – but it is not as though there isn't just as much bad, superficial, and corny music around just generally. Indeed, the tribalism that segregates “Christian music” from the rest of music (which by most definitions includes some “Christian music”) involves some artificial segregation, and this was the [Read More...]

A Note on the Terminology “Progressive Christian”

I’ve found myself using the the terminology of “progressive Christian” more and more, as a way of indicating where I see myself within the broad spectrum of contemporary Christianity. But a comment seems to be in order. If people who hear the term understand that this is referring to one of the many ways that [Read More...]

Jesus Learned

I have been talking a lot lately about how Biblical inerrantists are forced to twist the Bible in order to defend their doctrine about the Bible. People with a certain way of viewing Jesus do the same to Luke's Gospel. There is a famous story in Luke 2 about Jesus staying behind in Jerusalem when [Read More...]

#progGod is Live!

Tony Jones shared the announcement that Patheos has created a topic page for the round-up of blog posts offering progressive Christian perspectives on God. My post is featured there. Click through to see who else contributed and what they had to say. [Read more...]

Literalism Humor

Joke-teller: So Ken Ham, Al Mohler, and Pat Robertson walk into a bar… Literalist: Really?!     And for those who don’t face the challenges that literalists do (or should) with humor, there’s this: [Read more...]

Rotating Earth vs. Biblical Literalism

This is what Ken Ham and other young-earth creationists would stand for if they were at least trying to be consistent Biblical literalists. This is not a parody, it is a genuine argument for the flat and fixed Earth viewpoint. To any young-earth creationist reading this, I would like to know whether or not you accept [Read More...]

Accepting the Bible

Praising the Bible is not acceptance of the Bible, and idolatrously attributing the divine attribute of inerrancy to the Bible, when the Bible itself condemns idolatry, most certainly isn’t acceptance of the Bible. Only accepting what the Bible actually says, even if it doesn’t agree with your claims, assumptions, and doctrines about the Bible, is [Read More...]

Ken Ham’s Kind Provision of Evidence to Support Fred Clark’s Contentions

In a comment on my post in which I shared a quote from Fred Clark about how various leaders of the “Religious Right” are similar to/different from Rev. Sun Myung Moon, I was asked for evidence to support those claims. Fortunately, Ken Ham was kind enough to provide it on his Facebook page. Ham described [Read More...]

Revelation 7: The Seal of God, the Earth’s Corners, and Tribal Errors

This past Sunday in my Sunday school class, we talked about Revelation chapter 7. Given my sense of humor, you won’t be surprised that I mentioned that Revelation 7:2 doesn’t mean this: We also talked about how the chapter illustrates problems with both literalism and inerrancy. With literalism, not just because someone reading in English [Read More...]


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