Notsrim in the Talmud: Mandaeans, Christians, or Both?

A recent article in Tablet magazine mentions the reference to notsrim in a Talmud discussion of Sunday. There is a longstanding use of this term in reference to Christians, inasmuch as Jesus himself is described as “Yeshu ha-notsri.” But the term “notsri” does not naturally denote Nazareth, and the use of “Nazarenes” to describe Christians [Read More...]

How Fundamentalists Promote Atheism

The image below is a composite of a Christian response to the Ken Ham/Bill Nye debate, plus the scientific explanation of sunsets. It is frustrating that there are people who consider themselves Christians and yet seem to be making every effort to promote atheism. Why on Earth would anyone feel the need to choose between [Read More...]

Who’s in Foxholes?

The quote from the Faith and Theology blog will probably irritate some. But I think its point is well taken. To the extent that some wrongly claim that being in the midst of war causes people to lose their atheism as they find their lives in danger, being in the midst of war could just [Read More...]

Klingon Christians

Morgan Guyton has proposed “Klingon Christians” as a better designation for the Gospel Coalition's brand of conservative Christianity than other labels. I think that the association is deeply offensive…to Klingons. Guyton's point, building on observations by Pete Enns, is that this is a brand of warrior Christianity. And that is an unimportant point to make, [Read More...]

Stereotypes Make Perfect Sense

I saw the image above on FunnyJunk and liked that it took the caricatures that some Christians and atheists offer of each other, and placed them side by side. I doubt there are many who would genuinely recognize either description as an accurate portrayal of their own worldview. But that doesn’t seem to prevent them [Read More...]

Happy Star Wars Sunday!

For Sunday, May 4th, here are some images at the intersection of Star Wars and Christianity (for one that will cause a disturbance in the Force, visit Christian Nightmares).     [Read more...]

Embrace the Mystery

For more from Harry Emerson Fosdick, see his famous sermon, “Shall The Fundamentalists Win?”   [Read more...]

Jabba Wins

I spotted the above online. I'm not entirely sure what it means. But it connects Star Wars and Christianity, and indicates that there may be more than two options, unlike the impression most debates give. And so I thought I would share it!   [Read more...]

Are Christians Persecuted in the United States?

The answer, of course, to the question posed in the title is obviously “yes.” People of every possible view get persecuted in some way in every society, especially if one defines persecution broadly enough to include things like “being called stupid by a complete stranger on Facebook.” But since by that definition every category of [Read More...]

Culture Wars

The truth is, evangelical Christians have already “lost” the culture wars.And it’s not because the “other side” won or because evangelicals have failed to protect our own religious liberties.  Evangelicals lost the culture wars the moment they committed to fighting them, the moment they decided to stop washing feet and start waging war. And I [Read More...]

Walking the Extra Mile With Pastries for Gay People

Rachel Held Evans has written about the legislation currently under discussion in Arizona. Her words are insightful. I quoted part of her post above. Here is a little more: You know who was actually persecuted for their religious beliefs?  Jews under Roman occupation in the first century.   And you know what Jesus told those Jews to [Read More...]


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