Religion: Powerful and Dangerous Medicine

The purveyors of religion insist that their product is so powerful it can transform a life, but somehow, magically, it has no risks. In reality, when a medicine is powerful, it usually has the potential to be toxic, especially in the wrong combination or at the wrong dose. And religion is powerful medicine! – Marlene [Read More...]

Isaac, I Am Your Father

The image is by Matt Page and has the title “The Faith of Anakin.” I was really struck when I came across this Star Wars akedah on Imgur. I’m not entirely sure what to make of it. But I suppose that one reflection that can be offered is that Anakin Skywalker does better than Abraham in [Read More...]

And Also With You

A few religious Star Wars memes for Star Wars Day. May the Fourth Be With You! [Read more...]

Pareidolatry

A cute cartoon from People in White Coats. Is this blasphemy, or a miracle – or can it be both? While I probably would have shared it just for the punny title (mashing together pareidolia and idolatry), there is a serious point worth reflecting on – and not just about our human penchant to see patterns [Read More...]

The Episcopaleozoic Era

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Diverse Religious Views on Same-Gender Marriage

The infographic below from the Huffington Post is an improvement over some of the others I’ve seen (one of which I blogged about last month), but still fails to break down religions other than Christianity into subcategories, thus painting those traditions with too broad a brush. The data comes from the recent survey undertaken by [Read More...]

A Right To Be Free

The quote from Holocaust survivor Eva Kor comes from an article on the WISH TV website, about Kor’s experience when she came face to face with former Nazi guard Oskar Groening. Kor lives in Indiana and runs the Candles Holocaust Museum. Forgiveness is sometimes the biggest victory that a person can win over someone who [Read More...]

Star Wars and Religion

There have been a couple of interesting articles online lately about religion and Star Wars. First, the Washington Post explained how Star Wars answers our deepest religious questions. Then IO9 took it further, offering a response article about religion and morality in Star Wars. In the former, Joel Hodge views the story in what at times seems to me [Read More...]

Perspective on Persecution

The quote from conservative commentator Tim Swarens comes from his opinion piece in the Indianapolis Star, “A little perspective, please, on Christian ‘persecution’ and RFRA.” The photo used in the meme image also comes from the Star and was taken by Michelle Pemberton. [Read more...]

Not a Civil Right

This image was spotted by someone in a church, and uploaded to Reddit: Someone then took the liberty of modifying it: It seems to me that the two different signs encapsulate the diametrically opposing viewpoints expressed in relation to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. There are some who want the right to discriminate, and for [Read More...]

Transgender and Christianity: From Andi to Bruce Jenner

The subject of transgender has been in the news a great deal lately, with much attention focusing not only on famous athlete Bruce Jenner (and his ABC News interview), but on young children who have known that their perception of their own gender was different from what they were defined as because of their anatomy. [Read More...]


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