What Isn’t Religion?

I had a hard time even figuring out what to call this post. My friend and colleague Brent Hege gave a wonderful lunchtime talk today about religious freedom, during which he mentioned the difficulties that face attempts to define religion, and the ways in which the definition of religion assumed in discussion of such matters as separation [Read More…]

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What Is Progressive Christianity?

The quote is from yesterday’s post, “Progressive Christianity in the Spotlight.” The background image is Miami Chapel. Of related interest, David Schnell offered a response to the claim of critics of progressive Christianity to represent “Biblical Christianity.” He writes: The myth is that so-called Biblical Christianity is tenable, that it exists, and that it is not merely [Read More…]

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Faith as Hallowing

A few days ago I shared a proposed definition of Christianity from Richard Beck. Now I’m sharing his proposed definition of faith: Faith is the activity of hallowing, the practice of picking out patterns from the indifferent egalitarianism of particle physics to say that these things are sacred, these things are holy, these things are [Read More…]

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Thus Saith The Dictionary

This comic from Robot Hugs explores some of the many reasons why students should not start an essay with “Webster’s Dictionary defines X as…” I had been thinking about blogging on this topic even before the cartoon was drawn to my attention, and so I decided to share it and offer some thoughts on the subject. The [Read More…]

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Defining Christianity

The quote comes from Richard Beck’s post “On (Not) Being Religious.” What do you think of this definition of Christianity? I have had many discussions about the definition of Christianity. What do you think of this one? [Read more…]

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Best Definition of Young-Earth Creationism Ever

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Research Terminology Explained

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Courage Defined

I came across several variations on the image below. It is certainly an apocryphal story, but one that may perhaps be worth commenting on. First, the sheer number of these kinds of stories and the variations on them suggest that this is an example of an urban legend. Whether it is based on any actual [Read More…]

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Not Faith

The quote above is based on something TrevorN said in a comment, which was in turn derived from what nameless others had said. And so it didn’t seem possible to attribute a clear quotation to any particular person. But the sentiment seemed to be worth sharing. [Read more…]

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Defining Progressive Christianity

The above definition came my way via the Patheos Progressive Christian portal page on Facebook, although it did not originate there.   [Read more…]

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According to Google, Literally Literally Means Not Literally

I learned today via IO9 that Google has made it as official as Google can make things: “Literally” now means “literally” but also the opposite. Actually, perhaps I should ask whether literally now literally means “not literally,” or whether literally now still means “literally,” but means it figuratively as well as literally. When people misuse [Read More…]

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