Antievolutionism is a Tool of Satan

I came across a post I wrote a while back, and thought I would share part of it again in the form of an image. It is a response to a text image that called evolution a tool of Satan. [Read more...]

Cosmos Episode 2: Survival of the Friendliest

I am almost two weeks behind in my watching of and blogging about Cosmos. The second episode does a great job of introducing evolution, beginning with the shift from natural to artificial selection that turned wolves into dogs. DNA is depicted visually in a way that some have not appreciated, but who knows what a [Read More...]

“Worship”

I saw the above at the end of a long collection of misused and simply bizarre quotation marks. This one seemed worth singling out and discussing – and as you might guess, not because I want to figure out what the “gazebo” really is. What in your experience makes “worship” deserve scare quotes?   [Read more...]

I Believe in Easter Bunnies

I actually had the vague idea for this song last year, when it was snowy around Easter time. Today, as it is snowing outside again, and I have a cold for the third time in a row, I felt the need to finish writing the words and record it. I am sure that if I [Read More...]

Opened by Wonder

It must be added that the dichotomy does not have to exist. There is no one who only wonders, and never believes. The danger is when beliefs are treated as sacrosanct, so that nothing and no one can cause us to open ourselves to new information and new possibilities.   [Read more...]

The Woman at the Well

My friend and colleague Charles Allen shared the following as part of an e-mail: John’s Gospel doesn’t really say that much about her, but that hasn’t stopped preachers and listeners from letting their imaginations run wild. After all, she’s had five husbands, and now she’s living with a man out of wedlock. So it’s been [Read More...]

Fundamentalist Pharmacy

By Signe Wilkinson   [Read more...]

Targum Neofiti Online

Via Ancient World Online, I learned that the Vatican Library has put Targum Neofiti online! If you are not familiar with them, the Targumim are Aramaic paraphrases of the Bible, which provide important insights into how ancient Jews understood their Scriptures.   [Read more...]

Corporate Religious Rites

Hasn't this been America's official religion for a long time, with voices or prophetic protest against it denounced as Communists? Pete Newlove has a nice article problematizing the notion of Christian corporations. When I shared it on Facebook, one commenter paraphrased Paul's words in 1 Corinthians and wrote, “I thank God that I did not [Read More...]

Creationism in Proverbs

It is a symptom of the fact that I spend so much time addressing pseudoscience that, when I saw the article in the New York Times about discoveries in Brazil that may challenge previous conclusion concerning human migration to the Americas, my first thought was about how young-earth creationists will react to the news. I [Read More...]

Is This Blog Church?

Tim Bulkeley blogged about the subject of the church and social capital. He suggests that, if he preaches on his blog to an audience of hundreds worldwide, in addition to those present in a congregation he is physically present with on Sunday, then there has been a gain, not a loss. That got me thinking. [Read More...]

Heaven is for Young Sociopaths

Libby Anne recently noted one of the problems with concepts of heaven and hell. How can the eternal torment of others not impact the bliss of those in heaven? Apparently the answer some readily offer to this conundrum is that those in heaven will be so transformed that they will be unconcerned about the torment [Read More...]

Defending and Betraying Christianity

I was reminded yesterday of the above quote from Tim Gombis, part of which I shared here before. It seemed to me to deserve to be turned into a meme. [Read more...]

Joel Osteen 2:25?

Via Zack Hunt on Facebook. Not sure what happened here, but the first panel is definitely not even a paraphrase of Joel 2:25. But it is a real meme – I found the “quote” online. Does it sound like it might be from a different Joel?   [Read more...]