A New Category of Violence

The image came to my attention via John Byron on Facebook. What is “biblical violence” in this context? How is it different from other kinds of violence? Or is it violence of “biblical proportions”?   [Read more…]

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Violence in Israel and the United States

Given that I am leading a trip to Israel and the West bank next summer, I’ve been watching the news about increasing violence in Jerusalem and other places with some concern. But the fact that I have friends who live in these places, and can see what they post on Facebook, provides an interesting perspective [Read More…]

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Chappie

I recently watched the movie Chappie. It poignantly conveys a point that I also sought to get across in my chapter on “Robots, Rights, and Religion” in Religion and Science Fiction: that what is most scary about artificial intelligences is that they will resemble us in all our shortcomings. But it also makes other crucial [Read More…]

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Stop White Christian Immigration Now!

America is under attack. We can look back over the history of our nation and recall figures like William Cornell way back in 1863, or James Holmes and Dylann Roof from more recently. We can look over the list Wikipedia provides of more than a hundred rampage killers and other examples of mass violence in American [Read More…]

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Nonviolent Conflict Resolution in Israel and Palestine

The above video is of a discussion that took place at Harvard Divinity School, on the topic of peacemaking and non-violent conflict resolution in Israel and Palestine. [Read more…]

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The Golden Rule and Reading the Qur’an Fairly

The cartoon above is by Tom Gauld. It seems to me to do a good job of illustrating how people tend to exalt their own heritage and denigrate that of others. This relates directly to how Islam is being treated in the media. I’ve said it before: any Christian who reads the Qur’an differently than [Read More…]

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Was Religion a Factor in the Chapel Hill Shootings?

The above cartoon came to my attention via Facebook. I actually had a very interesting discussion about religion and violence in my “Speaking About Religion” class yesterday. We discussed the Chapel Hill incident as well as the one in Copenhagen. We did some Googling to see what the internet had to say about which ideology was [Read More…]

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Double Standard on Religious Violence

The above image indicates the double standard that most Americans have when it comes to people who engage in acts of violence in connection with their purported religious identity. The data comes from a 2011 PRRI study.   [Read more…]

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The Contradiction of Fundamentalism

Via The Christian Left on Facebook. This really gets at the heart of the matter. It is the point that is made well in the Biblical story of Gideon, even though it is forgotten in much of the Bible as well. If a deity is offended, that deity can fight his or her own battles. [Read More…]

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Happy Holidays

Via Sad Jesus on Facebook. [Read more…]

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Derek Flood, Disarming Scripture

I had a chance to interview Derek Flood recently about his new book, Disarming Scripture: Cherry-Picking Liberals, Violence-Loving Conservatives, and Why We All Need to Learn to Read the Bible Like Jesus Did. I had seen lots of interviews and blog posts about the book’s challenge for those with conservative views of the Bible, and [Read More…]

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