WWJD (Feline Edition)

Today's Bizarro comic helps focus attention on the relationship between natural instinct and morality. The natural world is full of behavior that could be considered to run counter to many human systems of moral teaching. We do not expect cats to ask, after catching a mouse, “What Would Jesus Do?” – nor even some feline [Read More...]

Djesus Uncrossed vs. Christ Crucified #progGOD

I was gearing up to write a post about the slaughter of the Canaanites, a topic that came up in my class today. And then I finally got around to watching this Saturday Night Live video, “Djesus Uncrossed,” which several blogs I read had already shared: I could not help but connect the two, since [Read More...]

When the Good Book Isn’t Good

Eric Seibert has written a guest post on Pete Enns’ blog in which he says things like this: [I]f we are going to keep the Bible from harming others, we need to learn to have problems with it. We need to protest what is objectionable and condemn what is immoral. Otherwise, we run the risk of [Read More...]

Torchwood: Something Borrowed

The Torchwood episode “Something Borrowed” connects with religion in two very direct ways, both related to conception. The story focuses on Gwen getting bitten by an alien not long before the day of her wedding. Unfortunately, the alien is one that inseminates the one bitten with its offspring through its bite, and as a result, [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (Steve Wiggins)

No religion will live up to its full potential until it succeeds in the most basic practice of all—treating all people with respect and dignity. – Steve Wiggins, “Without a Hitch” on his blog Sects and Violence in the Ancient World [Read more...]

The Bad Samaritan

Earlier today I created an image to illustrate one popular inversion of the Bible, and now I am sharing another, which I found rather than created. If the Samaritan who behaved as depicted in the story in Luke came to be known as the good Samaritan, then must we not say that one who speaks [Read More...]

Doctor Who: A Town Called Mercy

Tonight’s episode of Doctor Who, “A Town Called Mercy,” is a treasure trove of material for discussion for those interested in the intersection of Doctor Who and religion. What follows includes SPOILERS and so if you have yet to see the episode and don’t want to know what happens, bookmark this post and read it [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (Fred Clark)

Fred Clark has a post on his blog focused on the requirement to accept Gentiles communicated in Acts 10-11, as God is described as expanding his people to include those previously excluded. In that connection he writes: I believe that denying LGBT people full legal equality is objectively immoral. I believe that excluding LGBT people [Read More...]

Same Old Question

I found the image at Political Graffiti. It seems to me that there is a more serious parallel that one can draw between Christian discipleship and education in general. Traditionally, Christianity has been characterized by the vast majority of its devotees thinking in this term, so that even its teachers have ended up “teaching to the [Read More...]

Don’t Follow the Way of Sinners, O Young-Earth Creationists!

In a conversation with a young-earth creationist here on this blog, I was struck by the irony of the fact that he offered, as one reason for rejecting evolution, the teaching of Scripture that we should not follow the ways or teachings of sinful human beings. How right he is, and how wrong at the [Read More...]

What’s the Matter, Chick-fil-A Protesters? Chicken?

Ever since the hubbub about Chick-fil-A started, I’ve been looking for a way to work in a Spaceballs reference. And so I am glad to have found a way to do so, even if the connection may only become apparent later in the post. Today is both Chick-fil-A protest day and Chick-fil-A appreciation day. I [Read More...]