I never understood what communion was until I had the greatest honor of my life

I never understood what communion was until I had the greatest honor of my life:...serving communion to prisoners with the words "This is the Body of Christ, broken for you and me, my brother." If you have ever read anything by me that meant anything to you at all say thank you to me by please donating generously to timothysgift.com. Here's a moment where I was crying in the arms of a man doing life, and hoping I could know God as well as he does, asking him to pray for me. And here's the T … [Read more...]

Jesus rejects tribalism, literalism, group identity, specific religions, and gatekeepers as well as his Jewish identity

"As an ultimate fuck you to rule-keeping scripture zealots everywhere, Jesus hung out with whores... The stories about Jesus that survived the bigots, opportunists and delusional fanatics who wrote the New Testament contain powerful and enlightened truths that would someday prove the undoing of the Church built in his name...."(You are reading an excerpt from my book. Here is a FREE BOOK OFFER.  Here is an excerpt from my book WHY I AM AN ATHEIST WHO BELIEVES IN GOD: How to give love, create … [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...]

Jesus hung out with whores

Here is an excerpt from WHY I AM AN ATHEIST WHO BELIEVES IN GOD: How to give love, create beauty and find peaceChapter 9Sam likes to call me out of the blue and casually mention the latest dumb stunt perpetrated by the Religious Right, the Roman Catholic bishops or the Republican Party, as if I have anything to do with it. He pretends I’m still one of “them” whenever “they” do something insane. A televangelist says gay people are going to hell… A bunch of bishops try to ban women from get … [Read more...]

Liberals and Fundamentalists Have it Wrong: Faith is Not About “Correct” Facts

The reason so many liberal churches are empty or mostly populated with aging rationalists who seem to have a somewhat embarrassed attachment to religion, is that trying to reduce spiritual experience to something verifiable is a dead end. It’s a dead end for fundamentalists too. Fundamentalists wind up defending myths as historically true. That’s as futile as it is for the theological liberals that seek to demystify myths and render the life of the spirit tangible.Join me at the Wild Goo … [Read more...]

Why Go To Hell When You Don’t Have To?

Kevin Miller’s astonishingly good film Hellbound?  is now available on iTunes, Amazon, Vudu, Google Play and Youtube Movies. I'm in it (as a minor part) but so are a lot of people you'll like, no matter what you think of me! Conservative right wing evangelicals like the editors of Christianity Today magazine, hate this movie. That should be reason enough to like it, but there's more. Hellbound? makes a profound argument for a loving God. What's so scary about that, to sane people anyway? And for … [Read more...]

There is NO Hell– God Just Couldn’t Be Meaner Than We Are

Is it any coincidence that the latest war of religion that started on September 11, 2001, is being fought primarily between the United States and the Islamic world? It just so happens that no two groups of humanity are more ingrained with the doctrine of literal fundamentalist religion -- including a retributive view of God best expressed by a belief in a Hell -- than conservative Muslims and conservative Christians. American fundamentalists and Islamic fundamentalists deserve each other.And … [Read more...]

Burning Babies For Jesus

Listening to the BBC Radio 4 program In Our Time, hosted by the always wonderful Melvyn Bragg about Foxe's Book of Martyrs (1563) one story hit home—hard! One of the show’s contributors told the story of Perotine Massey, a Guernsey woman burned for heresy by the Roman Catholics. She gave birth while in the flames. The baby was tossed back into the fire after it burst from her burning stomach and landed -- alive -- at the feet of a soldier guarding the pire.  This awful e … [Read more...]


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