Is Panentheism Atheism?

In the video above, Henry Neufeld asks a question which was also discussed here on this blog recently: is panentheism atheism? Hemant Mehta also discussed a book by Nancy Abrams, about a God that atheists might be able to embrace. The book is called A God That Could Be Real: Spirituality, Science, and the Future of [Read More...]

Making Christianity Easier

Benjamin Corey wrote a post that offers an explanation of the popularity of end-times Christianity: The end times version of Christianity that many of us grew up with has been immensely popular, not because it’s true, but because it’s easy. Prior to the invention of end times fanaticism, Christians were busy trying to change the world [Read More...]

Survey Says: Not a Chance

ProgressiveChristianity.org shared data from a survey of 500 progressive Christians. I was particularly struck by how the most negative answer to the particular questions above were worded. “Is the Bible inerrant?” – “Not a chance.” [Read more...]

A Hole-Shaped God

It’s not so much that we’ve got a God-shaped hole inside, it’s more that we’ve got a hole-shaped God. We made him to suit our own wishes, so of course he fits them like a hand in a glove, or rather a glove over hand.  We’ve been duped about which one made the other. Neil [Read More...]

The Golden Rule and Reading the Qur’an Fairly

The cartoon above is by Tom Gauld. It seems to me to do a good job of illustrating how people tend to exalt their own heritage and denigrate that of others. This relates directly to how Islam is being treated in the media. I’ve said it before: any Christian who reads the Qur’an differently than [Read More...]

Is This Atheism?

Dale Tuggy posted not that long ago on the late Marcus Borg’s view of God, declaring it essentially a form of atheism. This is a very old accusation. Mystics in the Islamic tradition were accused of pantheism, which Richard Dawkins famously declared to be nothing more than “sexed-up atheism.” Hume depicts the mystical theist Philo [Read More...]

The Most Interesting Biblical Hermeneutic

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Spiritual Revolution

The above video came to my attention via Progressive Christianity. It features actor Rainn Wilson, known to many as Dwight Schrute from The Office. Wilson is a Baha’i. If you came here looking for more academic videos, then I should add that various recordings from the last American Academy of Religion conference are now online. [Read more...]

Marcus Borg 1942-2015

The news has been breaking that Marcus Borg has passed away. Borg was an important figure in two areas that I also live and work in: Biblical studies, with particular focus on the historical Jesus; and progressive Christianity. Borg wrote a number of excellent books, including ones which illustrated the ability of people who disagree [Read More...]

Believing is Easier

The above quote is from a blog post by Chuck Queen. True religion is not about believing doctrines. It’s about falling in love with God and learning how to love everyone and everything the way God loves everyone and everything… It is much easier to believe doctrines, perform rituals, and enforce policies than actually live [Read More...]

Downton Abbey and Churches

Recent episodes of Downton Abbey have focused a lot of attention on the way changing society in Britain led to the economic collapse of many estates owned by landed gentry. It struck me recently that this is a nice picture of the situation confronting churches in our time. Society has changed dramatically, and that doesn’t [Read More...]


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