Christians and Halloween

“Halloween is a Satanic holiday” is the most ridiculous, absolute lamest excuse that stingy people have ever come up with as an excuse to not give candy to those who ask for it. Christians, of course, will not use this excuse, since they know that Jesus himself said “Give to everyone who asks of you” (Luke [Read More...]

The Bible is NOT a Love Letter from God to You

Recently when I shared a post on this view of the Bible, I tried to articulate my own thoughts on the topic to sum up the matter. The words above/below are what I came up with and commented on Facebook when sharing that blog post, and I thought it might be worth sharing them here too. [Read More...]


The above litany was used in a service recently at Crooked Creek Baptist Church, in which Rev. Joy Amick delivered a sermon which was essentially a first person narrative told from the perspective of the daughter of the Syro-Phoenician woman mentioned in the Gospels. The service mentioned Jesus having his horizons broadened by his encounter with [Read More...]

The Great Religious Divide

Here is something I wrote for Facebook when I shared a meme I made with a quote from Richard Rohr: One of the biggest religious divides cuts across religious traditions rather than between them. It is the difference between those who treat religion as a magnifying glass to help expose and oppose the sins of [Read More...]

Fundamentalism is a Lack of Self-Awareness

The quote comes from Richard Beck’s blog post “Emotional Intelligence and Sola Scriptura.” Here is another excerpt from the post: [W]e all have a hermeneutic. The only question is whether you are consciously vs.unconsciously using a hermeneutic. Fundamentalists are interpreting the text unconsciously. Fundamentalists are interpreting the text right and left, they are justunaware that they are doing so… When your [Read More...]

Trust God, Not the Bible

Here is a larger excerpt from the blog post from which the quote comes: Here’s a common issue that comes up in classes, when I am out speaking, or when I get emails and comments on blog posts I write: Pete, you’re talking about all these historical problems, tensions, contradictions in the Bible–basically the messiness of the Bible. [Read More...]

Learning Ignorance

The quote comes from a recent post about ignorance, education, and faith on Cindy Brandt’s blog.     [Read more...]

New Journal: Gnosis: Journal of Gnostic Studies

April DeConick shared the news on her blog that E. J. Brill is launching a new academic journal dedicated to the study of Gnosticism. Here is what the Brill website has to say about the journal: Gnosis: Journal of Gnostic Studies is a peer-reviewed publication devoted to the study of Gnostic religious currents from the ancient [Read More...]

The Tao of Star Wars

Mike Chen wrote an article recently in defense of the Star Wars prequels. The second point on the list of things he appreciates about them is the moral ambiguity, the introduction of more in the way of shades of grey. I would argue that that is there in the original trilogy too. My view of [Read More...]

The Message is to You

In the spiritual life, there aren’t too many absolutes I can make, but this is certainly one. On the spiritual journey, the message is always to you. The message is always telling you to change. Now, what most people do is they use religion to try to change other people. It’s always someone else that needs changing. No. Stop it. [Read More...]

Religion and Race in the African-American Experience

I wasn’t able to attend this public lecture at Butler University due to a scheduling conflict, and so I am glad that the video of the event is now on YouTube, and thought I’d also draw attention to it here. [Read more...]