Satan’s Ethical Code vs. God’s?

It has been funny to see what atheists have had to say about the Seven Tenets posted online by a Satanic Temple. You can read them below. What is interesting to me is the way these newly-minted tenets of a newly-minted religious group are used as a basis for mockery, saying something like “Look, Satan’s ethical code [Read More...]

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A Critical and Relevant Faith

C. Drew Smith has written a post, highlighting his new book, Reframing a Relevant Faith. In the post, he writes: Critically thinking about the faith is not equivalent to criticizing the faith, as some may think, although that may be part of critical thinking.  Rather, thinking critically about the faith is to continue to ask questions, [Read More...]

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Right-Wing Trolling is Deliberate and Planned

A lot of online discussion is ruined by trolling. Recently, I had someone draw my attention to a disturbing right-wing website. They sent me there for the post, which they thought was actually funny. I for some reason cast aside everything I had learned about the internet and…looked at the comments. What I saw there shocked me, [Read More...]

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Paul was not a Conservative Christian

The quote comes from my 2011 post “Liberal Christianity – An Affirmation.” [Read more...]

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The Church Needs a Revolution

Some years ago I blogged about Robin Meyers’ book, Saving Jesus from the Church: How to Stop Worshiping Christ and Start Following Jesus. Recently Progressive Christianity shared an excerpt from his new book, Spiritual Defiance: Building a Beloved Community of Resistance. Below is a sample, from the larger section from which the quote above comes. Click through [Read More...]

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Sacred Doubt

Healthy doubt is often the prelude to deeper relationships and a richer faith… If our doubts can lead us into a deeper connection to our faith tradition where orthopraxy trumps orthodoxy and into a deeper relationship with the Divine where love trumps doctrine then we may indeed find religion and spirituality life transforming.Good religion and [Read More...]

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How Liberal Scholars are Made

Yuriy Stasyuk shared the image above on Facebook, with a quote from Daniel Wallace. It draws attention to the fact that studying the Bible in a rigorous, academic way, results in people feeling compelled to draw conclusions which conservatives dislike – in many cases, which they themselves dislike, having started out as conservatives. Most liberal Biblical [Read More...]

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Some Say

Historically, there have been a variety of explanations for the way things are. Most of a culture’s stories along these lines could be prefaced with “Some say,” with an implicit “Others say” in view. We see a reflection of this in the Bible, with its variant creation stories, its variant stories of how David and Saul [Read More...]

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Downton Abbey and Churches

Recent episodes of Downton Abbey have focused a lot of attention on the way changing society in Britain led to the economic collapse of many estates owned by landed gentry. It struck me recently that this is a nice picture of the situation confronting churches in our time. Society has changed dramatically, and that doesn’t [Read More...]

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What Does Conservative Christianity Conserve?

[C]onservative Christians have long been engaged in a remarkably successful PR exercise to give the impression that they are the ones who are faithful to the Bible and historic Christianity. But in fact, what they conserve is an older but non-original form of Christianity as it came to be expressed in a particular historical and [Read More...]

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Derek Flood, Disarming Scripture

I had a chance to interview Derek Flood recently about his new book, Disarming Scripture: Cherry-Picking Liberals, Violence-Loving Conservatives, and Why We All Need to Learn to Read the Bible Like Jesus Did. I had seen lots of interviews and blog posts about the book’s challenge for those with conservative views of the Bible, and [Read More...]

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