The New Testament Scholar Who Stole Christmas?

An op-ed piece I wrote, with the title “The New Testament Scholar Who Stole Christmas?”, has appeared in The Bible and Interpretation. Click through to read it, and feel free to share any thoughts you may have about it in the comments section here! [Read more...]

Slippery Slopes All Around

I have written several contradictory things over the years about the notion of a slippery slope, but one of them focused on the idea of a “radical middle,” where one tries to maintain their balance with slippery slopes on both sides. Scot McKnight posted something very similar today, as he reflected on the fact that [Read More...]

Spiritual Agoraphobia

In my Sunday school class yesterday, we found ourselves talking about Paul’s at times universalist-sounding language in Romans, and how it relates to traditional Christian ideas about salvation, punishment and afterlife. I shared my own thought that it is hard to believe that Paul, having worked in the first part of his letter to demolish [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (Tony Campolo)

I have three things I’d like to say today. First, while you were sleeping last night, 30,000 kids died of starvation or diseases related to malnutrition. Second, most of you don’t give a shit. What’s worse is that you’re more upset with the fact that I said shit than the fact that 30,000 kids died [Read More...]

This is Your Brain on Inerrancy. Any Questions?

It has been a while since I’d seen this video, and so thanks to John Byron for reminding us about it! [Read more...]

Religious Believers and Science Fiction Nerds around the Blogosphere

First, let me share this great video again on the parallel phenomena of religious fundamentalism and nerdiness: I felt compelled to share the video, since I have been having a conversation on Facebook with a Whovian fundamentalist whose canon includes the 1996 special but rejects the current series. The fan in question also rejects my [Read More...]

Is Progressive Christianity the Last, Best Hope for Christianity’s Future?

An interesting article that was shared on Facebook argues that progressive or liberal Christianity is where Christianity is headed in our time. John Shore, the author, makes some good points along the way, regardless whether you find his point about the alleged inevitability of what he depicts less than persuasive. Here’s a sample: In the [Read More...]

The [ad hoc] Christianity Podcast Episode 27

Episode #27 of the [ad hoc] Christianity podcast has just been posted, which is an interview with me, recorded last night. Click through to listen! [Read more...]

Atheism and Liberalism Discussion Continues

I didn’t get to mention it until now, but the blog Unreasonable Faith has shared some thoughts in response to my post about atheists and Liberal Christians. It sparked off quite a lot of discussion in the comment section. I’m guessing not everyone clicked through to read the original post, since some comments didn’t seem [Read More...]

Are Atheists Basically Just Like Liberal Believers?

The title of this post is intentionally provocative. It reverses the similarity that some conservative religious believers (and some atheists) will at times use polemically, claiming that liberal believers are, for all practical purposes, no different from atheists. I don’t want to deny that there is a distinction, or that there are similarities. What I [Read More...]

Liberalism Around the Blogosphere (and in the aftermath of the Indiana State Fair tragedy)

Mike Bird’s caricature/critique of Liberal Christianity and my response to it are getting some discussion around the blogosphere (as well as on Reddit). See in particular Mason’s discussion of both posts and his question about whether liberalism and progressivism are the same. Those who find my exchange with Mike interesting will probably also be interested [Read More...]


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