FOR GOD’S SAKE, WHERE IS GOD?

“Night” is a book by Elie Wiesel about his experience in the German concentration camps. “One day,” writes Wiesel, “as we returned from work, we saw three gallows... The SS [guards] seemed more preoccupied, more worried, than usual. To hang a child in front of thousands of onlookers was not a small matter. The head of the camp read the verdict. All eyes were on the child. He was pale, almost calm, but he was biting his lips as he stood in the shadow of the gallows... ‘Where is merciful God, where … [Read more...]

Why Evangelical Bible Idolatry Sucks and Why I Go to a Greek Orthodox Church Even Though It’s A Mess Too

 Having elevated the Bible -- or at least the nicer bits that they like -- to the status of a magic book  evangelicals  have demoted God. Their “god” is trapped in a book and kept somewhat like a tame rat inside the cage of “biblical inerrancy.”Since the evangelical/fundamentalists worship a book rather than God they can’t admit that the Bible has flaws and is just plain crazy in places. So they spend lifetimes working to make "sense" of something nonsensical, mean and stupid. … [Read more...]

Who Needs This God Nonsense?

And yet, here I am telling my four-year-old granddaughter Lucy that God made the rock she just asked about. We've climbed up on this granite outcropping surrounded by water and reeds on the marsh overlooking the Merrimack Bay near my house. We've brought chalk to draw on the rock. Her arms are around my neck. It's low tide and the small of the mud flats is wonderful, so alive! I say “and yet” because there’s this internal conversation. “You don’t know anything,” I say to myself, “why … [Read more...]


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