Funnier and Wronger?

I originally posted these comments together with other links in a round-up about blogging related to the recent tragedy. But they grew to the point where they seemed to require a post of their own. Brian LePort joined the conversation between Tony Jones and myself about the story of the slaughter of the innocents in [Read More…]

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Speaking Foolishly about God and Tragedy

HT Christians Against the Tea Party on Facebook I’ve commented several times on what prominent would-be spokespeople for Christianity have had to say about the tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Initially I added additional links I came across to those posts. But there continue to be so many that I thought I should share some [Read More…]

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Religious Diversity and Alienation

I have been struck by the language some atheist bloggers I read have used in recent days, in reference to how they felt about President Obama’s speech/sermon in Newtown. Alienation. As a progressive Christian, and as someone who has studied Biblical studies, theology, and philosophy of religion, I often feel something that could be described [Read More…]

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If Jesus Spoke Like Some of His Modern Followers

And here’s a reminder that not all of Jesus’ followers sound like that. Some, I think, sound rather more like he did. A friend shared this quote on Facebook: praying together as a class in school isn’t christian. and the pledge of allegiance is NOT christian. and plastering bible verses on walls of public buildings [Read More…]

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Job in Newtown

That’s not “job” as in employment in the title of this post, but “Job” as in “the Book of…” Someone asked me on Facebook recently what I thought the message of Job is and how it relates to the tragedy in Connecticut. I said that the Book of Job has a number of points that [Read More…]

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Why I’m Glad Matthew’s Infancy Narrative Isn’t Literally True

In the wake of tragedy, we may view things differently. While some at church this morning spouted offensive platitudes (despite the pastor’s explicit mention of the pain they cause and their inappropriateness), I found myself thinking about the text of the sermon, about the massacre of the innocents in Matthew 2. In the story, it [Read More…]

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What Fundamentalists Worship

Quite a number of people are discussing t-shirts like this one (or the wider use of the sentiment expressed on it) in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy: I am glad that fundamentalists are finally being a bit more honest about what they mean by “God.” They clearly do not mean an omnipresent [Read More…]

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God and Tragedy in Secular Public Schools

Rev. Jeremy Smith posted some thoughts in response to those who claim that God being “uninvited” from schools has something to do with the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Randal Rauser did the same. I would go even further than they do, even further than I did in my previous post on the topic. The shooting [Read More…]

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A Liar Twice Over: Ken Ham Rushes In Where Rick Warren Feared To Tread

Remember not so long ago, when Rick Warren seemed to be linking the Aurora shooting to evolution, but later offered an explanation that that was not what he meant? Ken Ham and his organization Answers in Genesis apparently have no such qualms. Here’s what’s been added to their “Graffiti Alley,” as Hemant Mehta pointed out [Read More…]

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Why Rick Warren Is Wrong Several Times Over to Blame the Aurora Shooting on Evolution

I already posted today on Rick Warren's inaccurate as well as unhelpful tweet, blaming the tragic shooting in Aurora, Colorado on teaching students that they “are no different than animals,” which seems to be a lame jibe at evolution, even though it shows a failure to grasp what biology actually says. Warren is wrong about [Read More…]

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Blaming Evolution for Tragedy

I am very disappointed that Rick Warren would use the occasion of the horrible tragedy in Aurora, Colorado to make an inane, stupid swipe at evolution. This poster with his tweet in the middle makes the point well: Humans are observably like other animals on this planet: we are based on the same genetic code, [Read More…]

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