Hell in Sunday School

My Sunday school class, at the request of one participant, recently ended up discussing first heaven and then hell. I started us off by noting that, while “heaven” (in the sense of the sky) is there from the very first verse of the Bible, the same cannot be said for “hell” (see the recent online [Read More…]

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Is Heaven a Metaphor in the Bible?

There is such a thing as being too rigidly literalistic. But sometimes we fall into the opposite pitfall and treat things as metaphors when ancient people would have assumed they were statements of literal fact. I’ve mentioned the “heart” as one example in the past. Is “heaven” another? Keith Reich has been blogging about the [Read More…]

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Do as Jesus Says, Not as He Does?

Bruce Gerencser shared the above graphic, which another blogger made from a quote of his. Bruce writes, “for any Christian who happens to stumble upon my deep, dark, evil corner of the blogosphere, I’d love to hear your explanation of Jesus saying, love your enemies, while God, the alter-ego of Jesus, tortures his enemies in hell. [Read More…]

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Battling Squirrels for Eternity

Bruce Gerencser shared the above Non Sequitur cartoon. This might explain why my post about a very effective and inexpensive squirrel baffle is so popular! [Read more…]

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Survey Says: Not a Chance

ProgressiveChristianity.org shared data from a survey of 500 progressive Christians. I was particularly struck by how the most negative answer to the particular questions above were worded. “Is the Bible inerrant?” – “Not a chance.” [Read more…]

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LOST Rewatch: Outlaws

The episode starts with a flashback of Sawyer remembering how his father killed Sawyer’s mother before committing suicide. He wakes up and sees a boar, chasing it into the jungle, where Sawyer hears the whispers. Later, Sayid laughs at the fact that boar took Sawyer’s tarp. Sawyer says “Laugh it up Muhammad” to Sayid. But [Read More…]

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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…]

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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…]

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Map of Hell

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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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Pardoning Galileo

Another cartoon from Once Upon a Saturday. Most of the cartoons in that series don't seem particularly funny to me, but occasionally they are, and manage to make a serious point as well.   [Read more…]

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