Cloud Atlas

On the flight back from the UK, I had the chance to watch the movie Cloud Atlas. It really was spectacular, in many different ways. The story, told in different time periods which turn out to be interconnected, is enthralling, and the imagery of the two very different periods in the future is stunning. God [Read More…]

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Progressive Christian Truth

Kimberly Knight wrote the following words in the conclusion to her post, “A lesbian and a fundamentalist walk into a bar”: We as progressives tend to bend over backward to affirm all paths as equal. But to be raw and honest, I believe there is a capital T truth and I do not believe it [Read More…]

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Ken Ham Thinks He Is God

This excerpt from a recent piece in the Christian Post tells us a lot: “One of the things fundamentalist Christians mess up on is they try to say the earth is 6,000 years old. The Bible never makes that claim,” Jeffress said. To those comments, Ham responded: “It is so distressing that so many of [Read More…]

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Why Panentheism?

Here’s another answer to a question that I offered in a Facebook discussion, which I thought might be worth sharing here. It was an explanation of why I find the language of panentheism helpful. I don’t know that I, from my own human perspective, can sort out where Nature ends, or where God ends, or [Read More…]

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That Doesn’t Exactly Settle It

Joel Watts shared this on Facebook. I think that more qualifications need to be added below the “God said it” since this still gives the impression that we have God-authored exact words which, if we could just interpret them correctly, then we’d get the right answer. It isn’t just the presence of human interpretation in [Read More…]

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The Weakling God of the Religious Right

Much religious conservativism is blatantly self-contradictory. Take this tweet from Fox News commentator Todd Starnes in response to the supreme court decision about DOMA: The God that Todd Starnes and others like him believe in is apparently one who wants his will imposed on society, but lacks the power either to compel or to persuade [Read More…]

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Atheism, Language, and Theology

As a follow-up to my post from earlier today about atheism and the meaning of “god” I thought I would offer here some further thoughts that I also shared in comments on that post. If someone objects to calling something or someone a “god” because that is not an accepted use of that word in [Read More…]

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Atheism Disproved

OK, so the title is intentionally provocative. But it seems to me that atheism can actually be disproved – depending, of course, on what you mean by “atheism.” Pantheists view the world, the cosmos, as divine, as God. And no atheist denies the existence of the cosmos. Ergo, at least one sort of “God” exists. [Read More…]

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Jacob as God?

The scripture reading in church on Sunday was from Psalm 24. Since the invention of the iPad made it so much more convenient to do so, I've been trying to read along in the original languages whenever possible. I was really struck when I saw that in the midst of a psalm with many mentions [Read More…]

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Irrational Hatred of Rational Religion

Joel Watts shared this image on his blog: While green could have more naturally been used to indicate a positive situation, the maker of the image chose to throw in a snarky “but still irrational.” What, pray tell, if anything, is irrational about Deism? Deism is a viewpoint that only accepts that which is rational, [Read More…]

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Christianity Means Not Knowing All The Answers

Kathy Vestal wrote an interesting post with this title at Red Letter Christians. Here is a taste: [W]e forget our place before God. We twist our religion to be about knowledge. We contrive and memorize “facts” about God, dividing ourselves from those who understand differently, making God into our image rather than us in God’s, [Read More…]

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