Don’t Worship a God that isn’t as Loving as You Are

In my freshmen seminar class “Faith, Doubt, and Reason,” we discussed the problem of evil, with the classic statement that (1) divine omnipotence, (2) perfect divine goodness/justice, and (3) the reality of evil are incompatible. Before exploring other possibilities which try to preserve all three, I asked students which they would remove if they had [Read More...]

The God Box

David Hayward drew and shared the above cartoon, and also some wise words on the topic: We must agree…that the Mystery, the Source, the All-in-all, is certainly beyond the limitations of what we believe. Assuredly! If your god is trapped within your ideas and words then you have nothing more than an idol. Period! [Read more...]

The Bible vs. Systematic Theology

If the purpose of the Bible were that we derive from it a systematic theology, you would think that we would have simply been provided with that systematic theology…   [Read more...]

Young-Earth Creationists Don’t Believe That Creation Was Finished in Six Days

I have been having an interesting conversation on Facebook with someone who describes himself as a young-earth creationist. I was surprised when this individual said that it is a problem for Christians who accept evolution that God is said thereby to have made diseases and other things which Christ fought against. It seems to me [Read More...]

#progGod is Live!

Tony Jones shared the announcement that Patheos has created a topic page for the round-up of blog posts offering progressive Christian perspectives on God. My post is featured there. Click through to see who else contributed and what they had to say. [Read more...]

A Substantive Post About God

Tony Jones offered a much-needed challenge to progressive theobloggers. We liberals and progressives often spend more time indicating what we don’t think about God (or Jesus, or Christianity, or whatever else) than what we do think, and this is probably more true when it comes to God than in any other case. There is a theological precedent for [Read More...]

Remembering Rudolf Bultmann

Two bloggers I read regularly posted about Rudolf Bultmann today, the anniversary of his death on July 30th, 1976. One offered appreciations, the other posted a rather ridiculous denigration that made me suspect the person writing it has never read Bultmann for himself. Bultmann is famous – and in some circles infamous – for his [Read More...]

Is Your Theology Weighing You Down?

Two humorous images that appeared on other blogs this morning provide helpful fodder for thinking about theology. The first, from David Hayward, reminds us that the only legitimate use for theological language is as a pointer towards a transcendent reality. The more weight you give to the actual words, understood not as sacraments or symbols [Read More...]

Review of Tim Stafford’s Miracles

I am grateful to Patheos for the privilege of being part of its book club discussion of Tim Stafford’s recent book, Miracles: A Journalist Looks at Modern Day Experiences of God’s PowerMiracles: A Journalist Looks at Modern Day Experiences of God’s Power (Minneapolis: Bethany House, 2012).  The book offers the perspective of a Christian journalist [Read More...]

Readiness to Revise

There are two great cartoons that appeared on David Hayward’s blog recently which can be related to one another. Here is the first: And this second one seems to be related to the same theme inasmuch as such experiences can and should motivate theological reflection and revision, as they did in Job’s case:     [Read more...]

God at Gunpoint

David Hayward offers another brilliant cartoon illustrating Biblicism’s approach to religion comically but poignantly. [Read more...]