Worthwhile Reads: Abortion, Laws, and Biblical Translation

I recently saw two more articles on new proposed anti-abortion laws:Tennessee bill would expose identity of abortion providers and possibly patientsArizona legislator would like to make women watch abortions before they having themI have written before that even though opposition to abortion was originally born out of a desire to control women, there was an intentional shift in this rhetoric in the 1980s leading to a new focus on "saving babies," and that many if not most of those … [Read more...]

Can you lose your salvation?

Several commenters on recent posts have brought this topic up, so I though I'd address it. What you're going to get here is the short and dirty version, and it's also not completely comprehensive. You have to remember that theologians have spend almost two thousand years arguing about this and that Christianity is currently so splintered that there is almost nothing all Christians agree on.Catholics say yesTo be saved, one must be in "a state of grace." God gives his followers grace through … [Read more...]

Prince of Egypt modifies a Bible story

I recently re-watched the 1998 animated movie Prince of Egypt. I've always loved that movie, with its beautiful animation and awesome songs (it's a bit of a musical). And that was all just as I remembered it, and just as moving. But there was one thing I noticed this time through that I don't remember noticing before. Specifically, the movie has a significant plot change from the original Biblical story of Moses on which it is based.The basic layout is that the Hebrews are slaves in Egypt, a … [Read more...]

Are Tornadoes the “Fingers of God”?

Conservative Christian theologian John Piper recently weighed in on the rash of tornadoes that hit the Midwest and South last week. He had this to say: Why would God reach down his hand and drag his fierce fingers across rural America killing at least 38 people with 90 tornadoes in 12 states, and leaving some small towns with scarcely a building standing, including churches?If God has a quarrel with America, wouldn’t Washington, D.C., or Las Vegas, or Minneapolis, or Hollywood be a more l … [Read more...]

Salvation Anxiety and the Unforgivable Sin

There's one thing that always used to bother me as an evangelical. Well, there are several things, but this one in particular. Jesus came to earth to die on the cross so that sins might be forgiven, but he also stated that there was an unforgivable sin. You could be forgiven all manners of transgression except this one. To the one who committed the unforgivable sin, the doors of heaven were forever shut.The reason this bothered me was that I wanted to be completely sure of what this sin was … [Read more...]

Searching for the Baby in the Bathwater

This is a slightly edited repost of a post I wrote when I first started blogging last summer. I'm reposting it for new readers. This post explains how I moved from evangelical Christianity to atheism over a process that took some years to complete. Here is the original.  Everyone who leaves the Quiverfull movement, Christian Patriarchy, or evangelical or fundamentalism in general has a long journey in front of them. They have to sort through everything they have always believed and determine … [Read more...]

The End Times Part V: Signs, Prophesies, and Current Events

I wrote yesterday about the Tribulation. According to Premillennial belief, though, the Tribulation won't just randomly start. Instead, it will be preceded by various signs. When Premillennialists watch current events, they look for these signs.Now, the Bible is chock full of passages talking about the signs of the end times. I'm not going to try to survey them all here, but will instead quote one passage and then turn to how this sort of thing turns out in the way Premillennialists view the … [Read more...]