Can my idea of God “live long and prosper”?

My post on mystics and atheists got a lot of attention. Dale Tuggy has responded (and the ending of his post inspired the title of this one). In response to his last question, I like Hans Küng’s way of putting it – that God ought to be thought of as “at least personal” rather than impersonal, but [Read More...]

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...]

Design All The Way Down?

I have sometime found myself in a debate with someone whose views I do not actually find objectionable, because they used the term “Intelligent Design” but meant something very different by it. The view that the cosmos is “intelligently designed,” that the universe is “fine tuned” for the sort of life that we are to [Read More...]

A Different Sort of Gnostic

Marc Cortez shared this diagram, which is like one that I shared previously, but is a bit more helpful in spelling out what the axis lines represent. What do you think? I think it is also perhaps more helpful than the Dawkins Scale. But the footnote suggests that things are still complicated, and there is [Read More...]

Around the Blogosphere and Beyond

Several items have come to my attention that are worth sharing, and hopefully no one will mind my lumping them together. Evolution Sunday is coming up soon, February 8-10. Among the helpful resources online is a personal testimony from an Episcopal perspective. The NCSE has asked for input on its new science standards. See also [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...]

Religion 2.0

Michael Dowd posted on what he calls the “New Theism” (as well as mentioning other terms). I’m not sure that I find that particular label “New Theism” helpful, since “theism” is often associated with precisely what Dowd rejects, the idea of a personal or anthropomorphic deity. I appreciate his comparison of the movement he is [Read More...]

Evangelical Evolutionary Religious Naturalism

Michael Dowd has a blog post that reworks some fundamental tenets of Evangelicalism to be more in keeping with his own naturalistic and evolutionary faith. The whole thing is worth reading (and so I encourage you to click through to read it), but here are the key elements of his transformed creed: Reality is my [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Celestial Toymaker

“The Celestial Toymaker” is an episode of Doctor Who from the William Hartnell era, and most of the original footage is lost. Gary Zimmer sums up the significance of this early episode of Doctor Who very well: “`The Celestial Toymaker‘ was unlike any previous Doctor Who story. Until then stories had been in either of two [Read More...]

Christopher Hitchens 1949-2011

Christopher Hitchens, sometimes referred to as one of the “four horsemen” of the “new atheist” movement, has passed away. He was 62. As a liberal Christian, I appreciate individuals such as Hitchens, since the same problems he highlighted with respect to the Bible and historic Christianity are the reasons I find conservative Christianity unpersuasive. The [Read More...]

God is a Mystery, not an Explanation (From the Archives)

The world we live in is full of mysteries. When we envisage the self-replicating molecules that drive life on this planet, we wonder how they could have arisen, and we seek explanations. Likewise with the very fact than anything exists at all, we wonder why there is something rather than nothing. To say “God did [Read More...]


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