Responding to Racism

Someone I know shared this “joke” on Facebook. I left a comment expressing my disappointment that they had shared it, since it seemed to me to have racist overtones. Let me share it and see whether others get the same impression, before I say more. Flying on Air Force One, Obama looked at Oprah, chuckled [Read More...]

Religious Diversity and Alienation

I have been struck by the language some atheist bloggers I read have used in recent days, in reference to how they felt about President Obama’s speech/sermon in Newtown. Alienation. As a progressive Christian, and as someone who has studied Biblical studies, theology, and philosophy of religion, I often feel something that could be described [Read More...]

God’s Relationship to Theology

Another provocative cartoon by David Hayward. What do you think it means? I take it to mean that the depiction of God in theology is no more accurate than Fox News' depictions of Obama. Could it be understood in a different way – as though theology itself is more frequently attacking God than portraying him [Read More...]

Did God Want Obama to Win the Election? Will This Be on the Exam?

A colleague shared this on Facebook, suggesting that it would make for a good exam question in theology to ask students to carefully examine the underlying theological views and assumptions at play. What do you think?     [Read more...]

Christians Need to Speak Out against these sorts of Abominations!

On Facebook and elsewhere, I’ve begun to see signs of the extremism which I am convinced does not characterize everyone on that side of the political and religious spectrum, but which will need to be addressed by other conservatives who recognize it as not merely inappropriate hyperbole, but expressions of hatred, if we are to [Read More...]

The Challenge Now

President Obama has been re-elected. Despite what some may say, the challenge ahead of us all is not to avoid being rounded up by presidential stormtroopers, to rescue the Constitution from being torn to shreds, or to find a place to hide and wait out the apocalypse. The challenge is whether we can find a [Read More...]

Election Night Predictions and Discussion

Now that the votes are being counted, I feel like I can say what I foresee happening. I predict that either the Democratic or Republican candidate will win the election. I predict that, if the economy does better or worse, it will have less to do with who was elected president than with other factors. [Read More...]

Is This How You Feel?

HT Rachel Held Evans [Read more...]

Paranoid Hype in Political Discourse

I wonder how many of those who make ridiculous paranoid claims about presidential candidates actually believe them, and how many of those who originate them do so knowing full well that they are false, but hoping that enough gullible people will fall for them to help swing the election. Fred Clark has a nice round-up [Read More...]

Thank God for Mitt Romney’s Candidacy

I think that all those who are concerned for the spiritual health and integrity of Christianity in the United States should give thanks for Mitt Romney's candidacy. Many of us have been saying for many years that conservative and fundamentalist Christianity in America had sold its soul for a mess of political pottage, and had [Read More...]

Religious Freedom and Healthcare

In recent weeks I've regularly heard Catholic bloggers and commentators complain that the new healthcare legislation infringes on their religious liberty, since it will require them to pay for coverage which will allow their employees to get contraception and other things that are against Catholic teaching. Something didn't sit quite right with me. Today I [Read More...]


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