The Fruit of Soulful Love: Marvin Gaye, God and Us

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The late Marvin Gaye was my first proper crush. His chocolate buttery voice courted me. Like molasses, his lyrics seeped into my heart, mind, and soul. The “[p]leasant words” of his love songs to God were, and still are, “like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body” (Proverbs 16:24*). When my ten-year-old [Read More...]

Michael Dowd: When Religion Fails, Economics Become Demonic

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For my fifth Pando Populus post, I’ve asked my good friend Michael Dowd to briefly highlight some of the ideas he will discuss during his 2p.m. Friday June 5 presentation on “The Sacred Side of Science: Evidence as Modern-Day Scripture, Ecology as Theology,” at the “Seizing an Alternative: Toward an Ecological Civilization” conference (Section 4, [Read More...]

Genesis: The First Messy, Tangled Act in God’s Long Story of Becoming Humane

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For the last couple of months, I’ve been studying the book of Genesis with a group of very bright young University of Southern California (USC) students. I’m the adviser for our “Church of the Broken Bread” progressive Christian student fellowship here. Our weekly gatherings are simple. First, each of us takes a piece and says [Read More...]


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