Popular Highlights in the Burial of Jesus

One nice feature of Kindle ebooks, such as my own The Burial of Jesus: What Does History Have to Do with Faith?, is the fact that data can be collected about what readers highlight in the text. Amazon shares such information anonymously on the book’s page. Here are the three most popularly highlighted quotes from [Read More…]

“Ross Douthat is a Fruit Fly” and Other Responses Around the Blogosphere

There have been quite a few responses and reactions to Ross Douthat's New York Times piece since I posted my own response and round-up (as there have been other responses to other reporting on the recent Episcopal General Convention here in Indianapolis). There are several excellent ones, but the most striking title award goes to [Read More…]

“Be Deceitful as your Heavenly Father is Deceitful” (Things Jesus Didn’t Say)

It struck me powerfully as I replied to a comment on a recent post featuring an infographic about the age of the Earth, that there is indeed a resemblance that appears between a deity and his or her worshipers, as one might and indeed should expect. In the case of young-earth creationists, the resemblance is [Read More…]

Can Non-Liberal Christianity Be Saved?

I shared Ross Douthat’s recent New York Times piece, asking whether Liberal Christianity can be saved, on Facebook, and it has generated quite a lot of response. Let me start by sharing some thoughts of my own, and then share a number of links to blog posts and articles elsewhere that relate to this topic. [Read More…]

A Guide to Dealing with Inconvenient Bible Passages

Stephen Savage shared this with me on Facebook:   Ouch! Satire is most effective when it hits painfully close to home. Does this seem to get things about right to you?   As a liberal Christian, I think it is better to honestly disagree with the Bible, than to engage in the selective Biblicism that [Read More…]

Genesis 3 Vacation

One of the pitfalls of being involved professionally and/or personally in the study of the Bible, theology, and/or religion is that one may notice religious symbolism or overtones in unusual and unexpected places. A case in point: I noticed after the fact that my recent family vacation mirrored the story in Genesis 3. Our first [Read More…]

Good Deeds and Rewards

This was shared by Being Liberal on Facebook. Do you agree?     Posted with Blogsy [Read more…]

Is it Good for Gays and Lesbians to be Alone?

On a long drive, I had the opportunity to have a conversation with my wife and our niece, Dana, about homosexuality from a Christian perspective. In the discussion, a few points came up related to the interpretation of Genesis 2 that I want to share. On the one hand, many have asked why, if homosexuality [Read More…]

Religion, Reform, and Retention

On Facebook, Karl Giberson shared a link to a blog post with statistics about retention in religious and areligious groups, i.e. their effectiveness in passing on their worldview and communal identity to their children. Here is the relevant chart: There is a lot that is interesting and potentially worth talking about. I suspect that for [Read More…]

Conversations around the Blogosphere

There are several posts around the blogosphere related to topics of conversation here, some of which interact directly with things I’ve written. First, Fred Clark offers a helpful response to the “anatomically-correct porpoise fetish” objection to the sufficiency of the Golden Rule as a moral principle. The key is to understand it not in a [Read More…]