Rest or Rules?

The above cartoon by David Hayward seems to me to make much the same point as Dostoyevsky’s famous parable of the Grand Inquisitor in The Brothers Karamazov. Some people find freedom to be a burden, and prefer what rules offer: in particular, the sense that we are passing the responsibility for our views and our decisions to [Read More…]

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Psalm for an Idol

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God in Chains

The cartoon above by David Hayward depicts what ought to be considered blasphemy by anyone who is a monotheist. The idea that there is one supreme God, but that that God can be constrained by or domesticated into conformity with a collection of human writings, is inherently self-contradictory. No wonder so many conservative Christians worship [Read More…]

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Church Cocoon

The above cartoon by David Hayward is very clever and beautiful. And it certainly is the case that there are churches from which people must absolutely emerge, perhaps through a process of struggle, in order to enter maturity. I am concerned, however, that the cartoon may be understood to depict church itself as something that [Read More…]

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Biblical Literalism’s Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

David Hayward’s cartoon above illustrates the reason why I consider Biblical literalism to be an attack on Christianity, rather than an expression of faithfulness to it. No matter how much they insist otherwise, no one actually takes the Bible literally – not even all the bits that are “clearly” non-poetic. But that doesn’t stop preachers [Read More…]

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Blaming the Bible

The above cartoon by David Hayward depicts people who long to come together, but the Bible shackles them and holds them back. I don’t think this is what happens in most cases. We recently saw a Southern Baptist pastor, Danny Cortez, change his mind about gays and lesbians (see also Matthew Vines’ book on the [Read More…]

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Questions Beget Questions

David Hayward's cartoon above illustrates what happens when you tackle a question, thinking that all that will be involved is getting a simple answer. Usually instead what you get is an answer that brings with it many more new questions. Or as a character on LOST famously said, “any answers I give you will simply [Read More…]

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5 Steps to Healthy Spirituality

I appreciate David Hayward’s cartoon which I’ve shared above. Of course, most people do indeed care as little about their food and what is in it as they do about the contents of the spiritual “food” they “ingest.” But those who’ve realized in any area of their lives the need to be discerning ought to [Read More…]

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Bibles Strike

David Hayward’s latest cartoon highlights in a comical manner the tendency of the Bible to resist attempts to domesticate it, whether to turn it into a voice for conservative “traditional family values” or for progressive liberal ones. Reading the Bible has made some more conservative and some more liberal. It has turned atheists into Christians [Read More…]

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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…]

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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…]

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