Happy Holidays

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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...]

Sin of Omission

A recent comment on a post of mine related to homosexuality sparked a realization related to the story of Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis. On the one hand, what conservatives do in making that story into ammunition against homosexuals is disturbing enough. There is no reference anywhere to the people of that city having had [Read More...]

Love Your Loopholes as Yourself

Benjamin Corey has a post about how many conservative Christians justify violence. He says, Bottom line: if you think that “love your enemies” is fair game for a thousand loopholes and can’t be taken at face value, then you probably shouldn’t be drawing hard lines on any other issue in scripture. Because, if “love your [Read More...]

Armed and Pre-Existent?

Simon Joseph, author of The Nonviolent Messiah: Jesus, Q, and the Enochic Tradition, has offered a response to the recent articulation by Dale Martin of the view that Jesus and his followers may have been armed in the garden of Gethsemane. It promises to be the first of a series of posts on this subject. Brian [Read More...]

The Third Law of Mainline Protestantism

The above is based on the earlier meme image I created for the “Third Law of Theology” which states that “For every theologian there is an equal and opposite theologian.” I made it in response to some comments made by a mainline Protestant on Facebook about mainline Protestants, which reflected a different experience of this broad [Read More...]

Samson Gets an “F” in Ethics

Brandon Withrow interviewed me a while back for an article he was writing. The article has now appeared online in On Faith. Click through to read it. Brandon’s post on his own blog mentioning the article, which is about violence in the Bible, has the provocative title “Evangelical Professors Give Moses an ‘F’ in Ethics.” Since [Read More...]

Defending and Betraying Christianity

I was reminded yesterday of the above quote from Tim Gombis, part of which I shared here before. It seemed to me to deserve to be turned into a meme. [Read more...]

NSUV Bible

Eddie Arthur shared a wonderful set of excerpts from the Not So Unpleasant Version of the Bible, shared by Archdruid Eileen. Here is the text of that post: It was Snargent who originally started it. He complained about the Crucifix in the Chapel of Contemplation – said that the depiction of an execution was quite [Read More...]

Jesus and His Assault Rifle

Several people have mentioned Jerry Boykin’s statement that Jesus will literally return as a warrior, but with a figurative sword, an AR-15. But the picture above which Scott Paeth shared gets at the heart of the matter, with the obvious disconnect between the words attributed to Jesus and the weapon he is holding. (Benjamin Corey’s [Read More...]

Dangerous Superstition

I saw a news article today about the murder of Narendra Dabholkar in Pune, India. Dabholkar was an activist opposing superstition and blind faith. He was killed, not by a spell or a lightning bolt, but by human beings whose love of superstition of whatever sort did not give them supernatural power. They used technology, [Read More...]


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