The Fragility of American Christians

Paul Flesher shared thoughts on religious freedom and American Christianity that I think need to be read widely. Here is an excerpt: Are Christians so fragile that they are harmed by being employed in weddings they do not theologically agree with? Jesus taught his followers to be tougher than that. Should they be oppressed through [Read More...]

Does Evangelicalism Make You A Better Person?

In a recent post about why Evangelical Christianity doesn’t make you a better person, Neil Carter wrote the following: Evangelical Christianity Has Messed Up Priorities The evangelical Christian vision of heaven is based on right belief, not on right behavior.  For evangelicals, it’s not the loving, caring, hard-working people of the world who get into [Read More...]

Jesus Burdens Our Religious Freedom

I think this political cartoon makes an excellent point. Various things may or may not be legal, but if one is a follower of Jesus, it can be argued that his teachings burden our religious freedom. To quote Paul, “All things are lawful – but not all things are beneficial.” Christians may have the right [Read More...]

Interstellar

I had been eager to see Interstellar for some time, and finally managed to see it in the IMAX theater at the Indiana State Museum on the last day that it was showing there. Spoilers ahead! The film is quite a masterpiece in terms of its realization, its depiction of space and of other worlds [Read More...]

The Strongest Force on Earth

22 Words had a collection of technically correct but amusing and in some cases profound student answers to test questions. I had seen a lot of them before. I was particularly struck by the one I shared above. There is a sense in which “love” is bound to be the wrong answer to any question on [Read More...]

Believing is Easier

The above quote is from a blog post by Chuck Queen. True religion is not about believing doctrines. It’s about falling in love with God and learning how to love everyone and everything the way God loves everyone and everything… It is much easier to believe doctrines, perform rituals, and enforce policies than actually live [Read More...]

Just Love

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Rest or Rules?

The above cartoon by David Hayward seems to me to make much the same point as Dostoyevsky’s famous parable of the Grand Inquisitor in The Brothers Karamazov. Some people find freedom to be a burden, and prefer what rules offer: in particular, the sense that we are passing the responsibility for our views and our decisions to [Read More...]

The Rule of Love

The quote comes from Jonathan Bernier’s recent post, “Paul, Conversion, and Homosexuality,” and I highly recommend clicking through to read the whole thing. And after two millennia the world has reached the place in its pilgrim journey that it is submitting the matter of same-sex attraction to the rule of love, and the Church is [Read More...]

End of the World (Asia)

Click the above to listen to the song by the progressive rock band Asia. Here are the lyrics: “End Of The World” Buildings burning, blazing in the night Searchlight sweeping, lazer beams of light Desolation, smoke has filled the sky Siren wailing, who can hear my cry? So the darkness leaves me never And the [Read More...]

A Straightforward Reading of the Text

The quote is from Rachel Held Evans’ blog post, asking whether Jesus should inform our Christianity. [Read more...]


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