Heavenly Hierarchy

This past Sunday in my Sunday school class, we dived back into the Letter of James after a long break. We didn’t get far. We were up to James 1:17, and I decided not to let the cosmological and theological assumptions behind the notion of good gifts coming down from above, and God as the [Read More...]

If Heaven Exists

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The God Question at GenCon

I’ve purchased my badges, and will be attending GenCon on Saturday and Sunday, August 16th and 17th. I also got myself a ticket to a screening of the movie “The God Question.” The God question seems to be present on the program more than in just the movie with that title, and more so than [Read More...]

G-D

From This Isn't Happiness. HT Jeff Carter.   [Read more...]

Figuring Out God

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Waste of Space?

I saw the above image on Facebook. It seems to me that, worded this way, it could be an argument for anything from atheism to a religious crusade to conquer and spread. But when we look at the underlying data – the fact that most of the universe seems to be hostile to life – [Read More...]

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...]

Gods Don’t Kill People

Obviously it depends what one means by a “god.” If the universe is divine, then it obviously brings us into being and also brings our lives to an end, in one sense. It is interesting that one finds in the Bible both the view that people need not defend their gods – if Ba’al is [Read More...]

End of the World (Asia)

Click the above to listen to the song by the progressive rock band Asia. Here are the lyrics: “End Of The World” Buildings burning, blazing in the night Searchlight sweeping, lazer beams of light Desolation, smoke has filled the sky Siren wailing, who can hear my cry? So the darkness leaves me never And the [Read More...]

Multiverse Morality

This cartoon, which I saw on the Daily Kos, gets at the serious issues which the notion of an infinite multiverse raises for ethics and for religion. In an infinite number of universes, there will always be an infinite number of you and of me, some having done more good and some certainly having turned [Read More...]

Jesus Didn’t Think He Was God

I mentioned a few posts about Bart Ehrman’s recent book yesterday, and there are already a couple more. Larry Hurtado offered some amendments to his post, in light of feedback from Bart Ehrman himself. And Ken Schenck blogged about chapter 3 and whether Jesus thought he was God. In it he writes: I think we [Read More...]


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