Panentheism and Pantheism

I had someone ask me recently if I was a pantheist. I assume it was because of something that I wrote which had not been read carefully. The model of the divine that I find most resonates with me is panentheism. Obviously there are a number of different ways that panentheism can be understood and [Read More...]

Progressive Christian Truth

Kimberly Knight wrote the following words in the conclusion to her post, “A lesbian and a fundamentalist walk into a bar”: We as progressives tend to bend over backward to affirm all paths as equal. But to be raw and honest, I believe there is a capital T truth and I do not believe it [Read More...]

Why Panentheism?

Here’s another answer to a question that I offered in a Facebook discussion, which I thought might be worth sharing here. It was an explanation of why I find the language of panentheism helpful. I don’t know that I, from my own human perspective, can sort out where Nature ends, or where God ends, or [Read More...]

Atheism, Language, and Theology

As a follow-up to my post from earlier today about atheism and the meaning of “god” I thought I would offer here some further thoughts that I also shared in comments on that post. If someone objects to calling something or someone a “god” because that is not an accepted use of that word in [Read More...]

Atheism Disproved

OK, so the title is intentionally provocative. But it seems to me that atheism can actually be disproved – depending, of course, on what you mean by “atheism.” Pantheists view the world, the cosmos, as divine, as God. And no atheist denies the existence of the cosmos. Ergo, at least one sort of “God” exists. [Read More...]

A Personal Relationship With Reality

Someone I am connected with on Facebook shared this recently: When I saw the image, I at once had two reactions. The first was to think, yes, of course, the idea that one is the focus of the universe and everything revolves around you is a problematic one, which has more to do with modern [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Snowmen

Tonight’s episode of Doctor Who, the long-awaited Christmas special “The Snowmen,” did a wonderful job of preserving the humor, magic, and terror that make Doctor Who more than a science fiction show. SPOILERS AHEAD! The episode begins with a Doctor that is gloomy and withdrawn, having decided to try to avoid becoming attached to anyone [Read More...]

Religious Beliefs, Insurance, and “Acts of God”

Yesterday in my class on religion and science, we discussed the notion of “acts of God” and divine action. I started us off with the phrase “acts of God” as used in the realm of insurance policies, which led nicely into a discussion of whether people take that language literally, and if so, what it [Read More...]

Talking about Einstein’s God

About a week and a half ago, I did an interview with WIBC news radio on the subject of the letter that was up for auction on eBay, in which Albert Einstein commented candidly about his religious beliefs – including some statements that were rather negative about the Bible and Judaism, which was his own [Read More...]

The Dawkins Scale

The blog Unreasonable Faith asked where readers are on the Dawkins Scale (the image describing the scale is from a post on the blog Deity Schmeity): I just finished teaching a class on the first half of David Hume’s¬†Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion, and one of the things I mentioned as a nice feature of that [Read More...]

Review of Tim Stafford’s Miracles

I am grateful to Patheos for the privilege of being part of its book club discussion of Tim Stafford’s recent book, Miracles: A Journalist Looks at Modern Day Experiences of God’s PowerMiracles: A Journalist Looks at Modern Day Experiences of God’s Power (Minneapolis: Bethany House, 2012). ¬†The book offers the perspective of a Christian journalist [Read More...]


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