Pistis Sophias

The composition is by Andrew Violette, and the score, which is visible in the video, is also available on IMSLP. [Read more...]

No Sin To Be Homosexual

“We are each created in the image of God. It is no badge of honor to be heterosexual and it is no sin to be homosexual, just as it is no honor to be White and no sin to be Black. It is simply who we are.” The quote from Rabbi Paul Menitoff comes from his [Read More...]

Church Committee Meeting Underground Map

A P.C.C. is a “Parochial Church Council” in Anglican churches. But the map works quite well for any denomination. Isn’t this a great variation on the London Underground map? Can you relate to it? The budget circle line that goes round and round. The intersection points of various subcommittees. The any other business tangents that [Read More...]

Christ-Centered Christianity

The quote comes from a post on Fred Clark’s Slacktivist blog. Just look at that word “Christian.” It suggests a faith based and centered on Jesus Christ. When Jesus gets replaced by the Bible, shouldn’t that word be changed to reflect that? [Read more...]

Evolution of Religions

A colleague drew my attention to this infographic which claims to show the evolution of major religious traditions (click through to see the whole thing): Some parts strike me as quite bizarre – Hellenism as a religion, and a precursor of Theosophy while Gnosticism is off on a separate branch. Some are probably more accurate than some [Read More...]

Lifestyle Choice

In our day and age many Christians, including very prominent ones, have chosen a lifestyle that is fundamentally at odds with their claim to be Christians. This is a lifestyle choice I am talking about – it is not something genetic, something innate, something inevitable. It is a sin that is so abominable that it [Read More...]

Tom Oord Fired

It has been almost a week since the news broke that Thomas Jay Oord has been fired from his tenured position at Northwest Nazarene University. Ken Schenck and Ryan Scott have blogged about it. Christianity Today is among those who’ve suggested that Oord’s acceptance of evolution is a key reason for his dismissal. Tim Suttle pointed out that the [Read More...]

A Baptist Timeline

Via Stuff Fundies Like. Baptists get picked on a lot in this regard, and not entirely undeservedly. Yet there is a sense in which all of religious history, and all of human history, is similar – people trying to improve on what came before, and sometimes succeeding, but more often than not, producing something just [Read More...]

Geza Vermes Lecture on the Dead Sea Scrolls

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Religion and Death

Hemant Mehta drew attention to a statement by Larry King, to the effect that religion is entirely a response to fear of death. Here is the most relevant quote: I think the only reason for religion is death. If you didn’t die, there’d be no religion. I have to disagree, since in the case of [Read More...]

President Obama’s Apology

I saw an image today on Facebook (included here on the right), indicating that there are people who are still saying that President Obama “owes Christians an apology” for having said at a recent National Prayer Breakfast, “And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that [Read More...]


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