Nothing is Impossible for God, Except Evolution

I always find it ironic when young-earth creationists and other anti-science folks say that biological evolution seems to them too fantastic to believe, despite the strong evidence showing that it occurred – and then proceed to say they believe something even more fantastic and which is at odds with the evidence. If your stance is that nothing [Read More…]

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Rabbit God, Duck God

I’ll let this New Yorker cartoon speak for itself… [Read more…]

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God as Levitating Turtle

A bit of interaction on the blog between two commenters produced a helpful analogy to explain why some thinkers find the concept of God a useful one, and preferable to alternatives. One commenter mentioned the famous image of infinite regress: “it’s turtles all the way down.” Another suggested that, when positing a single God as [Read More…]

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When God Became the Devil

I thought I should share what Richard Beck wrote about the penal substitution theory of the atonement, which is very popular today, particularly among conservative Evangelicals: Prior to Anselm, the main atonement theory used by the church was Christus Victor. Specifically, humanity was being held captive by the Devil and Christ died to free us [Read More…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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