NOMA No More? The Possibility of Scientific Morality

Stephen Jay Gould said science deals with facts, religion with morals and values, and the two sides never intersect. Gould was an atheist, but religions get to stick around because they give guidance for life not found in science. Some of the new atheists have always been uncomfortable with what they see as a free ride Gould gave to religions, and Sam Harris is now proposing a method for revoking their ticket. [Read more...]

Practicing Sabbath: Easier Said Than Done

My wife and I have been experimenting with hiking as part of our Sabbath practice: to get out of our heads and into our bodies, and to get outside into nature.  I use the words “experiment” and “practice” intentionally because praising the ideal of Sabbath as a weekly, twenty-four hour “sanctuary in time” is much [Read More...]

The Death of Theology After The Death of God

I don’t believe in God. I believe in the persistence of God. Let me explain. Imagine sitting around the table with some close friends and then suddenly receiving a call that one of your friends that was supposed to make it to restaurant was just killed in a head-on collision. Let’s remove all of the [Read More...]

Changing the Script: A Progressive Alternative to Big Tent Christianity

Daniel Schultz, a United Church of Christ pastor and co-founder of the blog Street Prophets, has published a provocative new book called: Changing The Script: An Authentically Faithful and Authentically Progressive Political Theology for the 21st Century. Pastor Dan is hosting a Q&A on the book and it’s themes tomorrow at his Facebook page here and is inviting comments, questions, even “polite critiques.” [Read more...]

Spiritual Renewal in Times of Crisis

With the recent release of the movie Eat, Pray, Love, we’ve been thinking about the ways each of us seeks renewal, specifically in times of crisis. And while author Elizabeth Gilbert’s journey led her on an extended pilgrimage far from her home in NYC, we couldn’t help but wonder: How do you seek spiritual renewal when you can’t leave your family, your job, your mortgage payment? Some of our favorite bloggers respond… [Read more...]

Watermelon Rugby with the Shrewd Manager: Lectionary Reflection on Luke 16:1-13

When I was a youth pastor we used to play a game called “Watermelon Rugby.” You rubbed crisco over a watermelon and played touch football with it. You never caught it. You just grabbed at it while it slipped out of your grasp. That’s how I feel about this parable from Luke’s Gospel. [Read more...]

The Misplaced Value on A Church in Gainesville

“When the dust clears on the Qur’an burning controversy, neither the threat, nor the response, will have had as much effect on God’s people as those who have quietly preached and lived love without ever turning on their televisions.” Guest blogger Robert Hunt on the dangerous – and ultimately useless – power of the media to shape public religious dialogue. [Read more...]

Deconstituting Jesus, Christianity, & Burning the Koran

I think where we are now in terms of asking very hard questions and participating in such liberating events like Big Tent Christianity, is the part of this much needed psychotic break happening within the Church. We are beginning to break away from the vulgar act of exclusion and are participating in a new way of loving our neighbour. We are participating in a divine act when we love the other. [Read more...]

On Burning Another Faith’s Holy Book

“Theologically speaking, Pastor Terry Jones’ threat to burn copies of the Qur’an goes against the heart of Christian faith. The faith of Jesus welcomes rather than excludes. The author of John’s gospel proclaims that God’s light – the true light embodied in Jesus Christ – enlightens all creation and all human beings. (John 1:1-5, 9)” Theology Prof Bruce Epperly reflects on the call of the Gospel related to the proposed holy book-burning this weekend.
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A Nonviolent Protest: Read from the Qur’an this Sunday

My commitment to religious freedom means that I support the right of a pastor in Florida to burn Qur’ans.  But I strongly disagree with the wisdom of his proposed actions.  As Gandhi taught, “An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind.” Case in point, the AP reported this morning that, “Hundreds of angry [Read More...]

Nine Years After 9/11 – A Choice Between Hate and Love

“The anniversary of 9/11 would be sufficient reason for reflection; in my faith tradition we live by a liturgical calendar on which we mark feast days and remembrances of those who have come before and shaped the way we live and believe. But with all these political and geo-political events (and others) that seem to be linked to 9/11 in the news, it’s an especially meaningful anniversary, and a time to consider the political and spiritual arenas and see what we might learn.” Episcopal lay minister Greg Garrett offers this thoughtful reflection as we approach the anniversary of 9/11. [Read more...]

Sharing Favorite Scriptures, Interfaith-Style

One of our group bloggers, Jason Derr, recently emailed me a news release about the launch of an interfaith partnership for action and justice work called FaithsUnited. I was so moved by the initiative, and especially by the opening program called the Scripture Exchange Program, I thought it worth sharing here. [Read more...]


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