Jesus Actively Supported Hand-Outs

These were inspired by some clever puns by Candida Moss, about how the stories about him healing of the lame show that Jesus wanted people to stand on their own two feet, while the story of him healing a man with a withered hand shows that Jesus was in favor of hand-outs.   [Read more...]

Creationism and Religious Freedom

Today my class on “Religion and Freedom of Expression” met for the first time. It is a class with a non-traditional format – we meet a few Saturday mornings for a few hours, plus also four evenings when students attend lectures in our public lecture series and have dinner and a Q&A time with the [Read More...]

John Kerry – Would-Be Religion Major

John Kerry Would Major in Comparative Religion John Kerry said in a recent speech that, if he went back to college today, he would probably major in comparative religion: Click through to hear the entire talk on C-SPAN. [Read more...]

Nothing New Under The Sun

It is being reported that Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert is saying that same-sex marriage is something that has historically been introduced at the end of a civilization's history. He appeals in support of this claim to Solomon as the “most wise man” [sic] and his statement that “there is nothing new under the sun.” Solomon, [Read More...]

DOMA and Prop 8 Struck Down

In a 5-4 decision, the United States Supreme Court has struck down the Defense of Marriage Act! Read the text of the decision here. A key quote from towards the end: The federal statute is invalid, for no legitimate purpose overcomes the purpose and effect to disparage and to injure those whom the State, by [Read More...]

Sequestration Lip-Synch Scandal

In the wake of the hullabaloo over Beyonce lip-synching at the presidential inauguration ceremony, the public has now been shocked to learn that the members of the United States Congress have also been lip-synching their debates which have been keeping the budget in deadlock. When House Speaker John Boehner met with the president determined not [Read More...]

Jedi Mind Meld

OK, from a political perspective as well as that of science fiction fandom, is this a gaffe, as some have claimed? I do not think so. The poster gets the fonts right for the Star Wars and Star Trek references. And so I think there is a deliberate use of science fiction's greatest example of [Read More...]

The Sermon on the American Mount

Another gem from Jeff Carter. This time he gives what most Americans seem to think Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount: You have heard it said, “Do not resist an evil person,” but I tell you “shoot first,” it’s your second amendment duty to shoot bad guys.    If anyone slaps you on the [Read More...]

Martin Luther King Quotes

  Some more quotations from the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. courtesy of Buzzfeed.   [Read more...]

Birthday of the Most Famous Liberal Christian

While next Monday is celebrated as the official holiday Martin Luther King Day in the United States, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King was born on January 15th. On this the birthday of one who is surely the most famous politically, economically, and theologically progressive Christian, it seemed worth sharing some of the many quote posters [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (Ken Schenck)

I don’t think the values of the thirty-something evangelicals have gone away. I think they have gone silent over and against the VERY vocal Boomer evangelicals of these last days.  I suspect the election results in part support this hypothesis.  Boomer conservatives were shocked to lose the election because they had been so vocal and [Read More...]


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