This Life Matters

Religion that focuses entirely on an afterlife is at best Gnosticism and at worst nonsense. Which is fine if you are happy being in one or both of those categories. But if not, then here are some things to think about. As I emphasize in my book The Burial of Jesus, the doctrine of the [Read More...]

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Which is the more likely cause of tornados – God, natural phenomena, or pastors full of hot air?

A lot of people are responding to comments by people such as Pat Robertson and John Piper about recent tornados causing devastation in Indiana and elsewhere. Many are atheist and similar blogs, such as Hemant Mehta, A God-Sized Puzzle, Atheist Revolution and Skeptic. Fortunately some Christian blogs, such as Matthew Paul Turner, Internet Monk, and [Read More...]

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God: What I Really Do

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Scholars and Apologists

The term “apologist” has become an insult, but it was not always so. If we consider those who tend to be placed in the category “apologist” in the early church – figures like Justin Martyr, Tertullian, and Origen – then clearly they were also as much “scholars” as anyone in their time. The lines can [Read More...]

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A God No One Really Believes Exists?

A while back I posted on why I don’t think anyone today really believes that God, exactly as depicted in the Bible, exists. In the Bible, God doesn’t hesitate to show off, demonstrating power by sending fire from heaven, parting seas, bringing darkness at midday, and so on. Today, religious believers who claim to believe [Read More...]

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Is Praying for Academic Success Cheating?

Jen McCreight posted on her blog about someone who gave thanks for having passed an exam, and expressed gratitude for prayers offered on their behalf. Jen made several comments, among which this seemed to me the most interesting: Seriously, if God really is the reason that some students were doing well, they should be expelled. [Read More...]

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Fringe: Making Angels (Observers ex Machina)

The episode of Fringe which aired this past Friday, “Making Angels,” explores religious themes in interesting ways. The starting point of the episode is the death of the father of Astrid in the parallel universe. That Astrid, who is autistic, comes to our universe to meet her parallel self who does not suffer from autism. [Read More...]

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Two Theological Libraries

This is the latest cartoon from David Hayward, aka Naked Pastor. I find it makes rather effectively the important point that alleged belief in the authority or clearness of Scripture does not prevent enormous differences of interpretation and disagreements. [Read more...]

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Fringe: Why Did God Make Me This Way?

Should we refer to J. J. Abrams as in some sense a “theologian”? Last week’s episode of Fringe, “Forced Perspective,” which I only found the time to watch last night, is full of theology and philosophy. From a girl with remarkable precognition asking why God made her this way (and being reassured that God makes [Read More...]

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Pete Enns, The Evolution of Adam: Part 2

As part of the blog tour about Pete Enns’ book The Evolution of Adam: What the Bible Does and Doesn’t Say about Human Origins, I previously blogged about the introduction and part 1. Now I turn to part 2, which focuses on the figure of Adam in Paul’s writings and theology. In part two, Enns [Read More...]

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Right and Wrong about the Slippery Slope (Rachel Held Evans)

Rachel Held Evans shared this wonderful reflection on things she was told about the “dangers” of the slippery slope, and I think it deserves to be widely circulated, read, and reflected on: They said that if I questioned a 6,000-year-old earth, I would question whether other parts of Scripture should be read scientifically and historically. [Read More...]

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