Figuring Out God

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This-Worldly Christianity

“Isn’t it odd? Christians created a theological scenario that placed the soul of every person at risk of eternal damnation. To counter that threat, we interpreted the life and death of Jesus in a particular way, then spent billions of dollars battling the threat we created. Wouldn’t it just be easier to stop perpetuating the [Read More...]

Word of the Day: Apocalyptabuse

S. Brent Plate coined the word in a recent article about a new TV show, The Leftovers. It refers to the use of expectations of a rapture of the end of the world to mentally terrorize people.   [Read more...]

God in Chains

The cartoon above by David Hayward depicts what ought to be considered blasphemy by anyone who is a monotheist. The idea that there is one supreme God, but that that God can be constrained by or domesticated into conformity with a collection of human writings, is inherently self-contradictory. No wonder so many conservative Christians worship [Read More...]

Gods Don’t Kill People

Obviously it depends what one means by a “god.” If the universe is divine, then it obviously brings us into being and also brings our lives to an end, in one sense. It is interesting that one finds in the Bible both the view that people need not defend their gods – if Ba’al is [Read More...]

Where We’re Spending August

Another funny New Yorker cartoon. But it shows the problems with imaginging an afterlife. Do problems like living far from one's inlaws go away? If so, that raises theological issues of its own. See also Jerry Coyne's post, which makes some important points about the problems of imaginging God as like a vertibrate, as humans [Read More...]

Yours Are The Tweets Through Which Love Touches This World

HT Kissing Fish on Facebook. Here is what Meredith Gould originally wrote, based on what Teresa of Avila wrote, and on which the video above is based: Christ Has No Online Presence but Yours Christ has no online presence but yours, No blog, no Facebook page but yours, Yours are the tweets through which love [Read More...]

Refuse to Live in Fear

Awkward Moments Children’s Bible shared the image above on Facebook, with the following commentary: What if there wasn’t a heaven or a hell? Would you still believe? What proof do you have of either? Isn’t it more honest to admit doubts rather than to simply “believe” in hopes of earning a prize? Which is more [Read More...]

Afterafterlife

Hemant Mehta shared the above video, which pokes fun at many of the arguments for an afterlife that people use, pointing out that one can use those same arguments to insist that there must be something beyond an afterlife. UPDATE: Alex McManus makes a related point, based on an analogy from a future involving artificial [Read More...]

Uh-oh

Jim Linville shared the above cartoon on Facebook. There have been lots of variations on it. All of them either play into, or poke fun at, the very common idea that God is like human beings, essentially supporting one team and holding a grudge against others. That way of depicting God ought to be regarded [Read More...]

Left Behind Teaser Trailer

Matthew Paul Turner and several others have noted the appearance of the first teaser trailer for the upcoming remake of the movie Left Behind, this time starring Nicholas Cage. Click the above to watch it on YouTube. Then come back here to let me know what you think. Is Nicholas Cage the best thing to [Read More...]


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