On The Burial of Jesus

On Facebook, Kristi Outler Byrd mentioned that she was trying to have read 81 books this year, and that #79, which she had just finished at that point, was my book The Burial of Jesus: What Does History Have to Do with Faith? (published by Patheos Press, and available as an ebook for only $2.99). [Read More…]

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Questions vs. Security

This cartoon from David Hayward seems to me to be a good one for the transition to a new year: I like this one better than the previous one that I commented on. It illustrates a number of things, in my view correctly. Choosing a path of openness and exploration vs. pat answers and the [Read More…]

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Proverbs 3:5 – Fundamentalist Version

The thought struck me today that, since fundamentalism tends to be about having the right doctrines and the right understanding of them, it represents a reversal of the classic memory verse, Proverbs 3:5. The original reads (here in the New Living Translation), “Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your [Read More…]

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Faith and Works

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Fringe: Are Emotions Our Strength Or Our Weakness?

The episode of Fringe “The Human Kind,” which aired this past Friday, involves a lot of discussion that intersects with faith, doubt, reason, intuition, emotion, and even God and providence. Before getting into the spoiler-containing part of the post, let me say something that I think could already be said based on previous episodes. Joshua [Read More…]

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Can You Lose a Faith You Never Had?

I find myself wondering how many people who defend their “faith,” and how many who say they have lost their “faith,” actually have or had faith. Let me immediately clarify that I am not referring here to the offensive and foolish suggestion sometimes made by some Christians that, if someone becomes an atheist, they must [Read More…]

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Crazy Beliefs

Almost everyone finds the religious, political, and economic views of others “crazy,” and often the feeling is mutual! This post looks at how religious, political and economic types of “faith” resemble one another – for better or worse. [Read more…]

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The Doctor’s Faith

I said in my previous post that it was not clear who or what the Doctor’s faith was in when he muttered or recited something in “The Curse of Fenric” that overcame the vampires. A commenter pointed out that I was wrong, and encouraged me to go back and listen carefully. It is very moving [Read More…]

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Doctor Who: The Curse of Fenric

I was sure that I had already blogged about this episode, The Curse of Fenric. But if I did, the post seems to have been lost. Does anyone remember reading a post by me about this episode? Or did I gather my thoughts but never share them? The episode “The Curse of Fenric” is considered [Read More…]

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Quote of the Day (Carson T. Clark)

The plain reality is that far too many of us have mistaken child-like faith with childish faith. One is a matter of trust. The other immaturity. Reception of God’s kingdom isn’t dependent up[on] perpetual intellectual, psychological, and spiritual adolescence; rather, it’s dependent upon an abiding confidence and dependence. That’s what the kingdom is all about. [Read More…]

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Faith, Doubt, Sanity, and Don Quixote

Last week in my class “Faith, Doubt, and Reason” we began discussing Don Quixote, which the students had begun reading not long before. It was something of a puzzle to them what the connection was between the novel and the theme of the class. But the connections are there, and there are many of them. [Read More…]

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