About Sam Alexander

Sam Alexander is pastor of First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael and also serves as Adjunct Instructor in Homiletics at San Francisco Theological Seminary.

Done with Substitutionary Atonement

I’m done with Substitutionary atonement. I’m done with the magical notion that human beings need to sacrifice in order to appease an angry God. Sixteen people died at the hands of Sgt. Bales last week. Sixteen innocent Afghanis dead. It’s not entirely clear what happened, but one thing we can say: life had betrayed Sgt. [Read More...]

False Hope and Beauty in an Anthropomorphic God

I am so very tired of a church that hangs onto its mythic , anthropomorphic language of God so tightly, a church so myopically focused on how truth was expressed that we fail to call people into covenant relationship with the creative love now driving creation forward. [Read more...]

The Straw Man and the Arrogant Modernist

God save me from smug, ill informed, modernists who spend their time deconstructing faith thinking that they know what is true. I write to the rest of you, to those who know there is something beyond what we can see, hear, taste, touch and smell. I’m writing to those of you who are yearning for a context of meaning, but who have rightly rejected the mythic-literal frame of the world’s religions. I write to say that there is something beyond that. Enter the conversation. We’ll find it together.
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