Proof of Heaven?

I am delighted to be part of the Patheos book club about Eben Alexander’s book, Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife. It is an account of the author’s experience while in a coma. It may be appropriate to call it a “near death experience.” But that very term may introduce assumptions that deserve [Read More...]

Dog Heaven

Marc Cortez shared the above comic about dog heaven. Is it just a bit of silliness about dogs and chocolate? Or is there a deeper and more serious element to it? Perspectives from dog owners are especially welcome. [Read more...]

Attractive Afterlife?

This Far Left Side cartoon makes an important point. Not only have many religions come to focus on afterlife, but they have at the same time failed to offer an attractive picture of what that afterlife is like. At best, they offer something really terrifying as an alternative. But if the best you can say [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Dark Water

What an amazing episode of Doctor Who “Dark Water” is. It starts with Clara speaking intensely with Danny on the phone, including saying that she loves him, and emphasizing that this isn’t just the casual phrase but something deeper. And then he stops responding, and we soon learn that Danny had been hit by a car [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Deep Breath

Doctor Who is back, and I'm going to be discussing the details of the first episode of the new season, “Deep Breath,” with Peter Capaldi taking over as the Doctor. Spoilers ahead! In the new episode, many things that are familiar to viewers – from a dinosaur in London to Vashtra, Jenny, and Strax – [Read More...]

Heavenly Hierarchy

This past Sunday in my Sunday school class, we dived back into the Letter of James after a long break. We didn’t get far. We were up to James 1:17, and I decided not to let the cosmological and theological assumptions behind the notion of good gifts coming down from above, and God as the [Read More...]

If Heaven Exists

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This-Worldly Christianity

“Isn’t it odd? Christians created a theological scenario that placed the soul of every person at risk of eternal damnation. To counter that threat, we interpreted the life and death of Jesus in a particular way, then spent billions of dollars battling the threat we created. Wouldn’t it just be easier to stop perpetuating the [Read More...]

Where We’re Spending August

Another funny New Yorker cartoon. But it shows the problems with imaginging an afterlife. Do problems like living far from one's inlaws go away? If so, that raises theological issues of its own. See also Jerry Coyne's post, which makes some important points about the problems of imaginging God as like a vertibrate, as humans [Read More...]

Refuse to Live in Fear

Awkward Moments Children’s Bible shared the image above on Facebook, with the following commentary: What if there wasn’t a heaven or a hell? Would you still believe? What proof do you have of either? Isn’t it more honest to admit doubts rather than to simply “believe” in hopes of earning a prize? Which is more [Read More...]

Afterafterlife

Hemant Mehta shared the above video, which pokes fun at many of the arguments for an afterlife that people use, pointing out that one can use those same arguments to insist that there must be something beyond an afterlife. UPDATE: Alex McManus makes a related point, based on an analogy from a future involving artificial [Read More...]


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