My Christmas Day Thank You (Written 9:52 AM Today)

Dear God,I hope you exist mostly because I am so grateful for life and love. I would hate for there to be no one to thank. My act of faith this Christmas Day is a simple thank you.Thank you for...The empathy time-bomb Jesus set off in history by forgiving rather than condemningAngels that enter my life each day bringing  peace and good newsMy parents who showed me love and compassion and opened the door to beautyGenie who has been my wife for 44 yearsJessica, Francis a … [Read more...]

If Christianity Isn’t the Celebration of a Murder/Suicide Pact Between God the Father and God the Son, Then What is It? 

 It's Christmas. Time to ask, what the hell Christianity is about, if anything? If Christianity isn't the celebration of a murder/suicide pact between God the Father and God the Son, then what is it?The Crucifixion seems to be something like the story of Abraham and Isaac when God tested Abram by asking him to kill his son.  Then God said STOP!If evangelicals like Billy Graham are to be believed, when it came to his own son God said, "Kill him!"Does that make sense on a … [Read more...]

There were two ANGRY MALES in our house, Dad and our Jewish/Christian “God.”

Unlike Jesus, my father tried to follow the Bible. So there were two ANGRY MALES in our house, Dad (Francis Schaeffer) and our Jewish/Christian “God.” I grew up trying to do the best I could to hide The-God-Of-The-Bible’s and Dad’s true character from myself and from their followers and help my parents convert people to believing in this “God” by pretending that our “Deity” was nicer than he is. The sexual dysfunction and anti-feminism that unleashed the culture wars sprung from the heart of the … [Read more...]

“The god of the church had been made small and placed in a box…”

My new book is now in bookstores. Barnes & Noble has stocked it in big numbers. So have many smaller stores. Please help me spread the word! Please check your local store. I want to help my book find new readers and also help bookstores! I’m working my butt off traveling and speaking—for FREE—to audiences all over the US and Canada. In response I’m getting email and FB messages by the hundreds like this one:“For the first time in two decades I felt that I was listening to someone who unde … [Read more...]

Embracing paradox helped me discover that religion is a neurological disorder for which faith is the only cure

My kaleidoscopic beliefs are fickle and motivated by desire, wishful thinking, and wanting to fit in with my family and community and to make my marriage work. My dogmatic declarations of faith once provided status, ego-stroking power over others and a much better income than I’ve ever earned since fleeing the evangelical machine. Certainty made things simple, gave me an answer to every question and paid the bills.With the acceptance of paradox came a new and blessed uncertainty that began t … [Read more...]

To Some Atheists and Christians Alike the Phrase “I’m an atheist who believes in God” is ‘Illogical’ and ‘Impossible’ because they are Narrow-Minded Literalists

Why do you think so many atheists seem so evangelistic? They even sometimes speak of their moment of “de-conversion” as a flip-side to the so-called born again experience. If life teaches us anything it's that certainty is overrated.The real life-lessons aren't found in intellectual theories much less in theology, but in seeing life through the lens of those we love most. For instance, I actually experienced brief and perfect instants when death lost its sting.Being with my granddaughter … [Read more...]

It is in the moments of inner stillness that come from humility and unknowing that we can sense the presence of God

Only after we start to admit our addiction to certainty can we begin to actually benefit from our innate spiritual lives. Spirituality depends on humility. Humility begins with admitting how short life is, how little time we have, how small our knowledge will ever be about the so-called big questions. It is in the moments of inner stillness that come from humility and unknowing that we can sense the presence of God. Will you help me spread the word on my book that sets forth this vision? Will … [Read more...]

God’s Covenant in the Promised Land was not Made With Those Who Drop Fragmentation Bombs Over the Hovels of Gaza– A Passionate Call to Conscience

"God’s iron requirement to stand with the oppressed occurs as well in the Hebrew and Greek bibles. Those who turn away from righteousness—be they Jew, Christian or Muslim—violate that covenant. They are not God’s people..." Read more of this passionate guest column first printed in  Truthdig by Chris Hedges.By Chris HedgesGod’s covenant in the Promised Land was not made with those who pilot F-16 fighter jets that drop 1,000-pound iron fragmentation bombs over the concrete hovels of Gaza … [Read more...]


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