God and Santa

I thought the video below was a clever challenge to the notion of God as an oversized Santa. I’d say, from my own perspective, that it doesn’t go far enough in moving away from anthropomorphism altogether. But it may be helpful in getting those whose idea of God is one particularly crass form of big [Read More...]

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...]

God and Church: Two Views

Another provocative and insightful cartoon by David Hayward. One can substitute Christianity, Jesus, and many other persons and entities into the equation and make the same point – and find oneself recapping historic disagreements that have been around for a very long time!   [Read more...]

Best Compliment Ever

Today, a student said the following words to me: You were a really great God. I told the class that that is the best compliment I’ve ever received in my life. Let me back up a bit and give the context. In my First Year Seminar Class “Faith, Doubt, and Reason,” our most recent reading [Read More...]

Fundamentalist in Chains

Another thought-provoking cartoon by David Hayward: David expresses astonishment that some Christians think that this image depicts exactly the way things should be. For me, the astonishing thing is that those same Christians think that they can imprison God in Biblical chains, even though the freedom of God is one of the many emphases running [Read More...]

Don’t Be a Jonah

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The End of the Happy Middle Ground?

Jerry Coyne shared this Non Sequitur cartoon from today’s paper, saying that it dispels the fallacy that religious believers all worship the same god: The view that religious believers in different religious traditions worship the same deity is itself a particular religious viewpoint. It does not deny that many, perhaps the majority, in a large number [Read More...]

Breezy Point Theology

This photo from Queens has been circulating widely, showing the devastation caused by fires which broke out in Breezy Point during Hurricane Sandy: The survival of the statue of Mary impressed some Catholics. But as you might expect, I think this illustrates the sort of thing which I blog about often, and which I was [Read More...]

Job Creation: The Beginning

This cartoon from The New Yorker came to my attention via Facebook: The comments on the Facebook page were interesting, with many pointing out that the perspective of Genesis is that God did create jobs for Adam and Eve: gardening. But is it the job of God or government to create jobs for human beings? [Read More...]

Prometheus

At long last I got around to watching the movie Prometheus – aka Intelligent Design: The Motion Picture. It is a great film for those interested in the intersection of religion and science fiction. And I am therefore delighted to learn that there are plans for a sequel, Prometheus begins with the discovery on the [Read More...]

“Biblical Parenting” and Parental Images of God

David Hayward has a cartoon today that gets at the heart of an issue many of us have with the depiction of God in some Biblical stories as well as elsewhere: We would be horrified if human parents did these things, and yet few seem to reflect on the sort of impression they give of [Read More...]


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