Don Francisco on the Bible as Idol

Christian music artist Don Francisco shared this striking reflection about the Bible on his Facebook page: “If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” Answer: They can rebuild them. The foundations have been destroyed, but not in the simplistic way most of Western Christianity imagines– it has taken centuries of knee-jerk defensiveness, blind acceptance and willful [Read More...]

Pareidolatry

A cute cartoon from People in White Coats. Is this blasphemy, or a miracle – or can it be both? While I probably would have shared it just for the punny title (mashing together pareidolia and idolatry), there is a serious point worth reflecting on – and not just about our human penchant to see patterns [Read More...]

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...]

Deifying the Bible

In an article about 6 popular Christian sayings that aren’t true, David Schell points out the problems with saying that the Bible is the “Word of God.” He writes: Neither the Bible, nor the Nicene Creed, nor the Apostle’s Creed says this. 2 Timothy 3:16 says all scripture is inspired by God, but “inspired” ≠ [Read More...]

What the Bible Thinks

This is a repost of something I wrote here back in the very early days of my blog, as an illustration of how the Bible is mythologized, personalized and in some cases deified by well-meaning but misguided Christians. I received a message from someone who disagreed with an answer of mine on Yahoo! Answers, and [Read More...]

The Gods We Have Made

Brian Bibb has written an insightful post about bibliolatry. He writes: Judges 17–18…mocks Micah for believing that human-made objects could actually be gods. He is presented as a kind of fool who admits that he has constructed the objects that he calls God, saying “you have taken the gods that I made!” Micah’s anger reminds [Read More...]

Christianity as Ultimate Concern

In my First Year Seminar class “Faith, Doubt, and Reason,” I shared the thought experiment “What Would It Take To Make You Lose Your Faith?” That’s something I shared here on the blog previously, and because of the scenario it has come up in connection in recent discussions of religion and science fiction in general, [Read More...]

God Doesn’t Dwell in Things Made by Hands

Acts 7:48 literally says “the Most High does not dwell in that which is hand-made.” Often a word like “temples” is added to make the sense clearer. But the statement itself is broader, and was a typical term used to refer to idols. The statement seems to me to apply as much to Bibles as [Read More...]

When a God Requires Custodial Protection

When a god begins to require the custodial protection of those who worship him, he is no longer a god. He becomes an idol. May we all find the courage and wisdom to never make ignorance the aim of religion, nor idolatry the replacement for faith. – Crystal St. Marie Lewis, “On Christian Fundamentalism’s Ongoing [Read More...]

Beyond the Box

This is the latest cartoon from David Hayward. Words are boxes. The great mystics and theologians of most religious traditions have always sooner or later reached the point of treating language not as a box to encompass and describe the divine, but as mere boxes used to point towards a reality that they cannot ever [Read More...]

House of Mirrors

I hope you’ll forgive my sharing this again. I made a slight adjustment to the recording at one point, and also noticed that when I shared the song previously, the formatting on the lyrics was messed up. So here it is again – a demo version of my song “House of Mirrors”! Lyrics: House of [Read More...]


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