What Kind of Drug is Religion?

Karl Marx famously observed that religion was the opiate of the masses, meaning that it provided an escape from the harsh realities of life. This may well be true, but looking at the conflicts arising in the Middle East these days, I’m inclined to observe that religion is the amphetamine of the masses. The quote [Read More...]

Foolproof Theodicy?

Jonathan Bernier wrote this in a comment here on this blog, and I thought it deserved wider circulation. It seems to me that a foolproof theodicy would have to be one in which the innocent never suffer. Therefore it would have to argue that those who suffer are not innocent. Such a theodicy should be [Read More...]

Faith Starts

The quote comes from the post “The Agnosticism of Faith” on the Speculative Faith blog. The background image is a photo taken in Yosemite National Park by Quan-Tuan Luong. [Read more...]

A Bible Misused

A Bible used as a weapon against other human beings, is always a Bible misused. A recent post by Kristen Rosser ended with a phrase that was so quotable, that I made it into two meme images. Please feel free to circulate either or both! [Read more...]

Is Your Religion an Idol?

The quote from Henry Sloane Coffin’s book Joy in believingwhich appears in the image, as well as the background image from Olivia Bell, came to me via the post “Faith Without Apologetics” on Kevin Davis’ blog. Here’s a bit of the larger context: To us likewise the prophet [Isaiah] would say that a burdensome religion is a [Read More...]

The Unity of Truth

The quote comes from a blog that I had drawn to my attention for the first time yesterday, and more specifically a post on it with the title “Evil-ution (Part 1).” For those interested in the intersection of science and Christianity, it is a blog that looks like it will be worth keeping an eye [Read More...]

Scripture is Not Alone

 The fact is that “scriptura” by its very nature is a book that people read, so it cannot stand “sola” — alone and isolated from the humans who read it.  Every time we read the Bible, we are seeing it through the windows of our own experience, and understanding it according to our own reasoning. And [Read More...]

It Is Still A Lie

The above quote comes from a post by Jim Kidder in a series that is in turn inspired by a series by David Macmillan about being a former young-earth creationist. See too Dan Arel documenting an example of Ken Ham’s dishonesty regarding the Ark Encounter project.   [Read more...]

One Person’s Theology Quote

Someone shared the following image, allegedly quoting science fiction author Robert Heinlein. I have found the words in two books, but neither book is by Heinlein, and neither book attributes the words to Heinlein.   [Read more...]

The Opposite of Faith is Not Doubt

The quote comes from p.11 of Michael J. Langford's book The Tradition of Liberal Theology, which I just reviewed here on the blog.   [Read more...]

Quantum Quote

The quote comes from an IO9 article by Esther Inglis-Arkell with the title “Stop Using Quantum Mechanics as Evidence for Magic.” [Read more...]


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