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...]

Amazing Grease

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Welcome to Heaven/Hell, Fred Phelps

I've heard it suggested on more than one occasion that heaven and hell are the same place, and the difference is the attitude of the individual to the experiences and surroundings there. This cartoon, which was shared by Kissing Fish on Facebook, seems to envisage something along those lines. Although you have to wonder what [Read More...]

Show Your Work

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On the Biblical Cutting Room Floor

What else can you imagine being found on the cutting room floor of the Bible's editors?   [Read more...]

PTCS

  David Hayward shared the above cartoon, about coping with post-traumatic church syndrome. It is a real condition. And for victims of abuse, a punching bag – whether literal or metaphorical – can play a crucial role in the healing process. But we also need to be careful. This is one of the reasons abuse [Read More...]

The Sequel to Noah

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Religion as Carnival Game

This cartoon by David Hayward reminded me of the carnival games which, if you didn’t know it already, tend to be rigged, or at the very least are much more difficult to win than you are led to believe. Religions and their adherents often take advantage of the fact that knowledge about God is elusive, [Read More...]

Truth is Stronger than You

The above cartoon from David Hayward makes a wonderful point. And I love how different ideas about truth, including ultimate truth, can be substituted to bring the point home in specific contexts. Reality is stronger than you. Reality can handle your questions. God is stronger than you. God can handle your questions. But the clincher [Read More...]

The J Source

Students are regularly confused because “J” is the abbreviation for the Yahwist source, resulting from the spelling in German and the fact that the Documentary Hypothesis originated in German-language scholarship. And so that, differences in spelling, pronunciation of letters, and the challenges many have when they need to pronounce Biblical names and words, all seem [Read More...]

St. Paul’s Letter to the Bergmans

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