Faith Starts

The quote comes from the post “The Agnosticism of Faith” on the Speculative Faith blog. The background image is a photo taken in Yosemite National Park by Quan-Tuan Luong. [Read more...]

The Hummingbird and the Parasite

Open Parachute shared the above image with a quote from David Attenborough. This illustrates well the theological objection that is raised not by atheists and agnostics in the first instance, but by liberal religious believers. And it relates not just to matters of creation but to the implications of thanking God for the good as [Read More...]

James the Lord’s Brother

I’ve been having a long and extremely repetitive conversation with a Jesus-agnostic over the past several years, including most recently in the comments section on my post “The Quest for the Historical Nazareth”, on the subject of James, the brother of Jesus as evidence for there having been a historical Jesus. Here’s what I wrote, [Read More...]

A Different Sort of Gnostic

Marc Cortez shared this diagram, which is like one that I shared previously, but is a bit more helpful in spelling out what the axis lines represent. What do you think? I think it is also perhaps more helpful than the Dawkins Scale. But the footnote suggests that things are still complicated, and there is [Read More...]

Beyond Jesus-Agnosticism

Rick Sumner poses some interesting questions on his blog The Dilettante Exegete – during some of which he has an imaginary gun to his head! One that I think is particularly interesting is the question of what one ought to call the stance that there probably was a historical Jesus – the brother of the [Read More...]

Converting to/from Fundamentalism

David Hayward shared this older cartoon of his today: The title seems to me precisely wrong. There is indeed a dividing line between those who see the world in terms of binary opposites, and those who see the world as rich, complex, deep, beautiful, and defying simple categories. But that line cuts through the whole [Read More...]

Mythicism around the Blogosphere

Joseph Hoffmann bid farewell to the gang of four at Vridar. Deseret News has a piece about Bart Ehrman, an agnostic who is convinced there was a historical Jesus.  Rowan Williams reviewed Geza Vermes’ book on Christian origins in The Guardian. Wing Nut Daily turned a professor’s suggestion that Jesus was rather like a muslim, being [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...]


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