Now It Controls the Entire Village

Yesterday’s Bizarro is actually pretty serious. Sometimes people have formulated an image of God – more often from words than from stone – in order to scare people into respecting rules. But it ends up controlling communities in ways that not only go beyond that original intent, but become quite toxic. There is implicit recognition [Read More...]

Jesus’ Thinking and Theology

While they may have genuinely thought they were being skeptical and critical, from our later vantage point, it seems that those who felt that we cannot say anything about Jesus’ own statements and views, but only those of the later church, were rather giving expression to their reverence for Jesus as a figure who still [Read More...]

Rabbit God, Duck God

I’ll let this New Yorker cartoon speak for itself… [Read more...]

N. T. Wright on Paul and the Invention of Christian Theology

Via Mark Goodacre’s NT Blog [Read more...]

New Blog

I am grateful to Tavis Bohlinger for drawing attention to the fact that the University of Durham Department of Theology and Religion has a new blog. The address is: https://durhamabbeyhouse.wordpress.com/ This will definitely be worth keeping an eye on!   [Read more...]

Grammar, Music Theory, and Religion

The rules of grammar are often flouted by those who do not know them. But they are also often misunderstood by those who judge people who express themselves in ungrammatical ways. There is no static grammar, because languages evolve. There was a time when languages were rarely written, and even today speaking is more common [Read More...]

Based on a True Story?

I saw this ad for the upcoming Left Behind movie on the blog Speculative Faith: There is no sense in which Left Behind is “based on a true story” – even one that hasn’t happened yet. It is based on an impressionistic reading of Revelation that ignores its original context, and often ignores what it [Read More...]

Karen Armstrong on Bad Theology

The quote comes from The Spiral Staircase.   [Read more...]

Comparative Dalek Ethics

If you’ve seen the latest trailer for the upcoming Doctor Who series, you’ll have seen a hint that (SPOILER ALERT) a Dalek that develops ethical sensibilities seems like it will be a focus at some point. I’ve been intrigued ever since that early promotional spot on the BBC had a Dalek saying that it detected in [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 Tradition of Liberal Theology

I am grateful to Wm. B. Eerdmans for sending me a free review copy of Michael J. Langford’s book, The Tradition of Liberal Theology. Langford’s book is not about the radical liberalism that sometimes gets the most attention, but what could be called “liberal orthodoxy” or “conservative liberalism” – although Langford is aware that the [Read More...]


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