If God Needs Money

I’ve seen this quote from Homer Simpson pop up in a few places recently: If God needs money, why doesn’t he just write another Bible? The first one sold pretty well.  Bruce Gerencser also included the image, and so I thought I ought to combine the two. [Read more...]

Religion as Carnival Game

This cartoon by David Hayward reminded me of the carnival games which, if you didn’t know it already, tend to be rigged, or at the very least are much more difficult to win than you are led to believe. Religions and their adherents often take advantage of the fact that knowledge about God is elusive, [Read More...]

Truth is Stronger than You

The above cartoon from David Hayward makes a wonderful point. And I love how different ideas about truth, including ultimate truth, can be substituted to bring the point home in specific contexts. Reality is stronger than you. Reality can handle your questions. God is stronger than you. God can handle your questions. But the clincher [Read More...]

God’s Plan

The above Pie Comic illustrates the danger of responding to tragedy, or anything else perplexing and troubling, by invoking God’s plan. The impression conveyed is inevitably of a highly anthropomorphic God whose benevolence and/or competence are placed in serious doubt.   [Read more...]

Can’t Be Boxed

This quote from Jim Palmer came to my attention via Pinterest.     [Read more...]

King James Autocorrect

Yesterday’s Speed Bump cartoon featured God using a phone with autocorrect, which kept “fixing” his King James English. The cartoon brings into focus a serious point – that people imagine God speaking with the language – and the concepts, and the morals, and much else in terms of baggage – that came with the texts [Read More...]

You Have Heard Them Called Antitheses, But I Say To You…

Doug Chaplin has posted about the extraordinary antitheses in Matthew’s Gospel. I disagree with his way of understanding them, and so thought I would write a post in response. I regularly tell my students that it is unlikely that these sayings should be understood as meaning “You heard God say in the past, but I [Read More...]

Strange Fruit

This past Sunday in church, my pastor showed this powerful video, produced by folks from the SALT Project, which is based here in Indianapolis.  [Read more...]

A New Commandment

We recently talked here about the suggestion that the ten commandments were a missed opportunity to mention other important things. And so I thought this proposed new commandment was worth sharing.   [Read more...]

How Do You Know That?

Jerry Coyne has written an incredibly lengthy complaint about a book he has not read. His rant suggests that deep down he knows that there is something wrong with the picture, but that doesn’t manage to stop him from simply plowing ahead. He begins by pointing out something that theologians have been saying long before [Read More...]

Responding to Intelligent Design

There have been a lot of scientific responses to Intelligent Design. But it is important to articulate theological objections as well. The quote above is based on a comment I made here on this blog. The point is a simple one: Either God can create a universe that can organize itself, in which case the [Read More...]


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