Archives for June 2009

Monotheism and Me

University of Illinois Press has posted a short entry on their blog by me, on the subject of monotheism, in connection with my new book The Only True God. [Read more…]

The Anti-Creed

There was a humorous moment in Sunday school this week when, in a discussion of the Baptist principle of “soul freedom”, someone read from the American Baptist identity statement. In this statement which, when printed out runs about 3 pages, and is clearly longer than the Nicene Creed, we encountered the phrase “We accept no [Read More…]

Britons and the Resurrection

New Humanist draws attention to a poll in the British newspaper the Daily Telegraph indicating that Jesus was the top dead person that those surveyed would like to meet if they had the chance, chosen by 1/3 of those polled. No one seems to have noticed that, for conservative Christians at the very least, and [Read More…]

Good vs. Evil, Indignation vs. Indigestion

Imagine three situations that come up in real life: 1) You are made aware in the local news that lives were lost in a fire that could have been prevented if a recent safety inspection had been as thorough as it ought to have been. 2) You read on a blog about human trafficking in [Read More…]

LOST Entangled

Two blogs today revisited the television show LOST, including mention of some of its religious themes and overtones. Since I have (as always) been pondering its mysteries, I thought I would join in the conversation. The show has, from the very first episode, been gearing up to explore a mythology in which two sides are [Read More…]

Beholding His Glory (John 1:1-18): A Sermon

Beholding His GloryA sermon by James F. McGrathPreached at Crooked Creek Baptist Church, IndianapolisJune 7th 2009 The Gospel of John has been compared to a magic pool in which small children can wade up to their ankles, while at the same time large elephants can dive right into it. Its language is plain and familiar: [Read More…]

Joseph of Arimathea

Neil Godfrey, on his blog Vridar, has engaged some of what I’ve written about Joseph of Arimathea in The Burial of Jesus. I may try to continue the interaction at some point (particularly having just discussed a book that challenges the classic criteria of authenticity), but for the moment, I just wanted to draw attention [Read More…]

Lost Untangled Musical Finale

The long-awaited humorous recap of the season finale of LOST is now available. Enjoy! lost untangled finale season5by lyly_ford [Read more…]

The Historical Christ and the Theological Jesus

Dale Allison’s recent book The Historical Christ and the Theological Jesus is simply fantastic. It refuses to separate unnecessarily matters of history and faith, yet neither does it run them together in ways that are inappropriate. It refuses to simply take for granted the assumptions of either conservatives or liberals, challenging many of our basic [Read More…]

Quote of the Day (Robert Lawrence Kuhn)

“The primary questions people pose—Why the universe? Does God exist?—are important, sure, but they are not bedrock fundamental. “Why anything at all?” is the ultimate question.” — Robert Lawrence Kuhn, “Why Is There Something Rather Than Nothing?” Religion and Science Today [Read more…]