Quote for the Start of Semester

The quote from Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, comes from an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, “Wikipedia Founder Discourages Academic Use of His Creation.” The same can be said of the dictionary – I find it hard to believe that I get students starting essays with “Webster’s Dictionary defines…” – or worse still, [Read More...]

The Meaning of Tragedy

The quote comes from Rev. Stan Duncan’s article in the Huffington Post, “What God’s Role in Tragedy Really Is.” [Read more...]

Embracing Science as a Christian

The quote comes from an article Hannah Birky wrote for BioLogos, “How Science Led Me To A Deeper Faith.” The background image is a NASA Hubble Telescope image of the Eagle Nebula in infrared light. Of related interest, see Ruth Bancewicz’s post about her new book, God in the Lab: How Science Enhances Faith. [Read more...]

The Ideologue

“The ideologue has a singular cast of mind, one that needs bold rules and eschews nuances. Abundant examples exist of those who, devout in proselytising for one belief system, undergo an epiphany, and then reach in sudden disillusionment for a diametrically opposed but equally rigid creed.” Gordon McLauchlan, Great Tales from New Zealand History, (Auckland, David [Read More...]

The Line Between Good and Evil

The quote from N. T. Wright, as well as the accompanying picture, came to me via ProgressiveChristianity on Facebook. “The line between good and evil does not lie between ‘us’ and ‘them,’ between the West and the rest, between Left and Right, between rich and poor. That fateful line runs down the middle of each [Read More...]

Barack Obama: I’m Not Saying You Were Aliens, But…

I support the separation of church and state, and am pretty sure that the President of the United States has no business quoting Exodus or any part of the Bible in an official speech. On the other hand, contrary to what conspiracy theorists are sure to come up with soon if they haven’t already, this statement [Read More...]

Quote of the Day

“It’s not lost, it’s not a gospel, it’s a very naughty marketing campaign.” – Rev. Arun Arora, speaking about the claims in Simcha Jacobovici’s book The Lost Gospel. [Read more...]

Unquestioned Answers

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A Progressive Understanding of Revelation and Experience

Eric Reitan wrote the following in a recent post: Here, in a nutshell, is the idea behind a progressive understanding of divine revelation and human religion: God is imperfectly encountered in experience, filtered through the assumptions and prejudices and conceptual categories that we bring to our experience–our worldview, if you will. But experience also transforms [Read More...]

Progressive Faith

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Pope Francis, Anti-Science Creationists, and the Gnostic Demiurge

I am grateful to Joel Watts for pointing out the original Italian text of something that the Pope recently said, which had puzzled me in the English translations I had encountered: Dio non è un demiurgo o un mago, ma il Creatore che dà l’essere a tutti gli enti. L’inizio del mondo non è opera del [Read More...]


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