Holy Week History

I spent quite a while simply believing the Gospels. And I have spent quite a while being as skeptical of them as I think is reasonable. Now I am at the point where I recognize the pitfalls at either extreme, and seek to be open to what the evidence suggests – and what the evidence [Read More…]

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Salvation through Belief?

Discussing 1 Corinthians 15 in my Sunday school class a while back, I was struck by another way of understanding what Paul is saying in v17. Many have treated it as though Paul is saying that it is essential for salvation to believe in the resurrection. But it sounds to me that he is talking [Read More…]

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Called to Convert

The quote comes from a Facebook status update by Jesse Dooley, shared here with his permission. [Read more…]

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The Fear of Doubt (Truth and Tribalism)

A fantastic point was made recently on the blog Atheist Revolution, defining freethought as above all else a rejection of tribalism. Here’s an excerpt from the post: I find that one of the most important implications of freethought is that it rejects the sort of tribalism that would lead one to accept some ideas and reject others [Read More…]

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Faith and Skepticism

Paul Malan recently wrote an article about skepticism and conservative religious views thereof. Let me provide some samples of how it approaches things: Companies have learned that organic and natural say more about the mind of the consumer than they say about the product, and they sell more potato chips when they use words that make us feel good about [Read More…]

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LOST – 316

This episode begins with Jack opening his eye in the island. But it isn’t the first time. He hears Hurley calling for help. He has landed in the water and is floating using a guitar case. Jack jumps in to help him, but the water is shallow and they can stand. Kate is in a [Read More…]

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Blinding Belief and Skepticism

IO9 had an article about the way prior assumptions and beliefs affect our perception. If you are prone to believe that the world is filled with miracles, you may believe you have experienced them. But conversely, if you are persuaded in advance that there is no such thing as the supernatural, that too can distort [Read More…]

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More Than Belief

Keith Reich posted on the subject of belief within Christianity. He is worth quoting at length: Many see Christianity as a “belief system.”  That is, Christianity is about believing the right stuff.  And belief used in this sense is defined as giving your mental agreement to a set of statements., such as, “Jesus Christ died [Read More…]

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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…]

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You Can Believe All The Right Things…

I’ve shared this quotation from Marcus Borg before, but it must have been a while ago, and so here it is again. [Read more…]

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I Believe in I Believe in God

Last Sunday in my Sunday school class, the topic that came up here on the blog recently also came up there: the difference between trusting in divine grace, and trusting in one's understanding of divine grace. One can apply the same point to the creeds. There is a difference between believing in God, and believing [Read More…]

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