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 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...]

Christian Reconstructionist Gary DeMar Compares the Gay Rights Movement to ISIS


When I saw an article titled "The Gay Rights Movement: ISIS without Bullets?" I was intrigued. The idea was so beyond the pale I wanted to know what it was based on. The author of the piece was Gary DeMar. Wait. Gary DeMar?Yes. Gary DeMar.Gary DeMar is a Christian Reconstructionist and president of American Vision, a prominant Christian Reconstructionist organization. Christian Reconstructionists believe in implementing Old Testament law in our society today. DeMar is the coauthor of the … [Read more...]

Any Time I Hear Someone Say “Traditional Marriage”

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Traditional marriage. Traditional marriage. Traditional marriage.This week Fox News published an opinion piece by Cal Thomas titled "Will we erase the boundaries that have guided humanity for generations?" In it he asked this: If human history, tradition, the Bible, the Constitution and biology are to be ignored or re-defined, on what basis do courts say "no" to anything? Of course, these same questions were on the justice's minds during last weeks' Supreme Court hearings.Justice … [Read more...]

Andrée Seu Peterson’s Appalling Column on Bisexuality


Regular readers will know that I'm no fan of Andrée Seu Peterson, a columnist for World Magazine. In the past, I've written about her sexist discussion of taking a man's name in marriage and her dismissal of protections put in place to prevent child sexual abuse. But I have to say, this week's column really takes the cake.The title? "'B' Is for Bogus." "B" as in bisexuality.Oh yes.Someone in our Saturday morning women’s prayer group prayed for LGBT people to come to faith in Christ. F … [Read more...]

A Letter from Hell, and Self-Reinforcing Beliefs


I recently read a piece titled "A Young Man's Letter from Hell." It goes like this: Dear Zack,I died today. It’s a lot different than I expected. You see, I always thought that dying would bring me to a world that is foggy and hazy. But this place is crystal clear… It’s even more real than my life on Earth.I can think. I can talk. I can even feel.Right after the wreck I could feel my spirit leaving my body. It was the weirdest thing, Zack. I thought I heard you screaming out to me, m … [Read more...]