Ascension Deficit Disorder

Today is Ascension Day. The cartoon above is one that I have shared before. In my opinion, all Christians ought to have “ascension deficit” and it should not be considered a “disorder.” The author of Acts had no notion of light years, of outer space, of the things that are part of our understanding of [Read More...]

The Triumph of Idealism

A comment on this blog drew the above lecture by Keith Ward to my attention. There is a transcript on the Gresham College website. I have not had time to watch the video yet, but I previously shared another of his lectures on this topic, and blogged about his book More Than Matter? Let me also [Read More...]

Liberal Christianity in Three Books

Rod Dreher shared a challenge aimed at combating religious illiteracy: offer a list of three books – and no more than three – that will together give an adequate introduction to a particular religion. Other bloggers have already responded. So which would I choose for my own liberal Christian tradition? There is a real sense in [Read More...]

Keith Ward on Idealism

Lee M. shared this video on his blog A Thinking Reed. It is based on his book More Than Matter?: Is There More to Life Than Molecules? which I blogged about almost a year ago (see also the discussion of the book at Jesus Creed). [Read more...]

Review of More Than Matter by Keith Ward

Keith Ward is an author for whom I have a great appreciation. His book What the Bible Really Teaches was and is enormously important to me in helping me become comfortable in my identity as a Liberal Christian. I am thus always eager to read his latest book. But I admit to feeling some trepidation [Read More...]

Quotes for Ascension Day

Since Dănuţ Mănăstireanu offered a reminder that it is ascension day, and Ken Brown linked to some of my older posts on the subject and offered some thoughts and reflections of his own, I think it will be enough just to share a couple of my favorite quotes from scholars that are particularly relevant today. [Read More...]

Why There Will Be No Rapture

The Internet is alive with discussion of the Rapture, which Harold Camping’s most recent prediction says will occur this coming Saturday. Most people, and I think even most Christians, are at best skeptical. As someone who came to a personal faith around the same time that the infamous pamphlet by Edgar Whisenant was getting attention, [Read More...]

Lightweight Atheists Pummeling A Corpse

The new atheists. Others have called them “soft-core atheists” and “amateur atheists”. What follows is a review of two books by theologians critical of the “new atheism”, and one book by an atheist whose writing and vision have more substance than that of the “new atheists”. I love reading books simultaneously that complement or contrast [Read More...]


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