How I Rediscovered Christianity Through Islam

“The religious “other” is not the enemy; quite the contrary: it’s through her that one’s own religious identity and practice emerge more clearly.” Theology Professor Philip Clayton explores the emerging “third way” of deepening one’s own religious beliefs in a multi-faith world. [Read more...]

Belief is a Parasite: What Alice, Old Yeller and Broken Lights Can Teach Us About Dogma

Dogma imprisons us within freedom. It gives us the caged experience of liberty. It drives us to think when we are bound we are free. The illusions that dogma perpetuate empowers us with the sense of being in control of our own destiny, as if we have a choice to follow the Creator. But the fatal flaw of dogma is that the illusions aren’t real. They lie to us. They betray us by being faithful to themselves. [Read more...]

Standing Up Straight: Lectionary Reflection on Luke 13:10-17

I stayed in a convent once for a week while leading a seminar at a nearby seminary. Many of the nuns were elderly and suffered from acute osteoporosis. This is how I imagine the woman in this story. She is bent over at the waist and to be able to see where she is going, must crane her neck at an uncomfortable angle to see anything but the floor. And yet Jesus calls her to come to him. The very thing she is unable to do, stand up straight, is the thing she can immediately do, after Jesus lays hands upon her. [Read more...]


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