The Bible is Not God

“The Bible is not God, nor is it a substitute for God, and to treat it as if it were God or a surrogate of God is to treat it in the very way that it itself condemns over and over again.” – Peter J. Gomes, The Good Book: Discovering The Bible’s Place In Our Lives, [Read More...]

Atheism Isn’t Skepticism

A recent IO9 article indicated that more people in Britain believe in ghosts and aliens than in God. IO9 also highlighted a science experiment that might offer an explanation of why people see/feel ghosts (which Smithsonian also reported on), talked about spirituality and pseudoscience in science fiction, and shared an infographic of misconceptions which are widespread, [Read More...]

Far from God

This Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal cartoon illustrates nicely what the implications are of God in spatial terms, as a being rather than Being itself. On this one it is definitely worth clicking through to read the additional panel that appears when you push the red button.   [Read more...]

Dog Religion, Cat Religion

I laughed when I saw this meme, but I immediately also began to wonder whether it might not also lead to serious reflection. Are there religions which focus primarily outward, and others which focus primarily on the self? If so, would “dog religion” and “cat religion” be convenient shorthand for the distinction?   [Read more...]

LOST Rewatch: Whatever the Case May Be

This episode begins with Sawyer and Kate going for a swim, and finding two corpses still in their seats from the plane, at the bottom of a lake, and with a case (hence the title) under the seat that Kate says is hers, but then admits is not. In Kate’s flashbacks, we see her involvement [Read More...]

LOST Rewatch: The Moth

Religion features prominently from early on in this episode. It is implicit when Jack and Kate talk about the possibility of rescue, Jack saying he wishes he shared Kate’s faith. But it is explicit as Charlie goes to confession, indicating that he had yielded to sexual temptation, and deciding that he needs to quit the [Read More...]

God, the Doctor, and Free Will

The blog Whovian Theology takes the Doctor Who episode “Kill the Moon” as a jumping off point for critiquing the widely-held view of God as one who doesn’t intervene to right the wrongs in our world, even though God could, in order to make room for our free will. One could easily substitute “Jesus” for “Doctor” [Read More...]

Please Do Not Bring Believers To This Movie

David Hayward offers a funny parody of one of the actual official ads for the Left Behind movie. That one claims to speak on behalf of Satan rather than God, however. [Read more...]

God as Author

The Onion has a clever piece which explores what happens if you actually treat God as the author of the Bible, contrary to the clear evidence that the Bible is a human work by multiple fallible human authors.  Here’s a sample: Hailed by critics as one of the most important authors in recent millennia, the [Read More...]

Only God

When my pastor recently did a sermon series about controversial topics, I initially wanted to write songs that explored each theme. It soon became clear that that was not a realistic goal. But having found that there were few songs actually about monotheism, and that subject being a scholarly research interest of mine, I did take a stab [Read More...]

Scourge-Making Intelligent Designer

I was struck by these words of Michael J. Behe, quoted in a post by Larry Moran: “Malaria is a horrendous scourge…” Behe also treats malaria as evidence of intelligent design. And at least he is consistent, since in The Edge of Evolution: The Search for the Limits of Darwinism he writes: “Maybe the designer [Read More...]