Patriarchy and the Gender of God


I recently came upon an interesting blog post by Sarah Moon of the progressive Christian channel on Patheos. In it Sarah pushed back against a blog post in which Roger Olson of the evangelical channel on Patheos argued against calling God "mother." While I'm no longer religious myself, I was struck by the role gender constructs played in Roger's post.Roger starts by noting the following: Some Christians struggle with calling God “Father” for three reasons. First, some say addressing God as F … [Read more...]

God as a Mystery Our Brains Cannot Comprehend


I recently came upon this image:It’s a frightful thing – thinking you have to get God right in order to get God to love you, thinking you’re always one error away from damnation. It’s a kind of legalism, really. . . . How ironic. The very condition of humanity is to be wrong about God. The moment we figure God out, God ceases to be God. Maybe it’s time to embrace the mystery and let ourselves off the hook.  - Rachel Held EvansOn one level I understand. I like being able to embrace th … [Read more...]

The Lesbian Duplex 17: An Open Thread


It’s time for another Lesbian Duplex thread! If you have a link or article or interesting thought that’s not relevant to an ongoing thread, you can share it here. If a conversation on another post has turned entirely off topic, you can bring it here also. Every so often, as the number of comments on a given Lesbian Duplex post becomes unmanageable, I put up a fresh post. I’ve added a “chatter” tab under my blog banner that will direct readers to these discussion threads, so no one will have to wo … [Read more...]

Anonymous Tip: Good Christian Lawyer Peter


A Review Series of Anonymous Tip, by Michael Farris pp. 68-72 Gwen is now being represented by lawyer Peter Barron in her efforts to regain custody of her four-year-old, Casey, who has been removed to foster care for one week for observation based on bogus charges of bruises invented out of thin air by social worker Donna. But what do we really know about Peter? We know that he is a born again Christian who prays before meals, and that his religious beliefs prevent him from marrying women … [Read more...]

The Most Unconvincing Evidence for God Ever


I find that one way people argue for God's existence is to point to specific times they believe God has helped them. But I don't think they generally stop and think about how what they're saying sounds to someone like me, someone not also religious. Let me offer an example.Last week evangelical minister Phil Kidd posted this on his facebook:As Hemant Mehta pointed out, Phil's wife suffered a spinal injury and is in a neck brace. One has to wonder, did God not have enough arms to sh … [Read more...]

Can You Be More Deceptive? Homeschool Edition


I just came upon an article by Bob Adelmann of the New American discussing U.S. test scores as compared to those in other nations, and then arguing that homeschooling is the solution to U.S. underperformance. I bring it up because it is a really good example of the way some homeschooling parents use bad data and outright lies to argue that homeschooling is academically superior to other methods of instruction.I was homeschooled from kindergarten through 12th grade. While there were some … [Read more...]

Do Intentions Matter? On Sam Harris and Noam Chomsky


I just read a fascinating email exchange between Sam Harris and Noam Chomsky. You can read the exchange here, and commentary on it here and here.In sum, Harris refused to back down from his claim that Chomsky has never thought about the ethical import of intentions, even when Chomsky made it very clear that he has, often, for decades. But what came across extremely clearly was how differently the two feel about whether and how intentions matter.As Harris put it: Ethically speaking, in … [Read more...]