Fundamentalism and Unfair Mario

Chris Attaway recently suggested that ” Fundamentalism…is when social function becomes so important so as to discourage or even forbid real knowledge.” He compares it to playing Unfair Mario, a Mario game that I was previously unfamiliar with. Click through to try it. I laughed out loud. The point of the comparison is that the game [Read More…]

Barely Even Stereotyped

Brian LePort has posted two wonderful blog entries about stereotypes regarding denominations, as indicated by Google search autocomplete data. I thought I would check what happens when I type in the labels that I wear – American Baptist and progressive Christian. Neither has anything for the entire phrases (such as “Why are American Baptists” or [Read More…]

Religious Doubt

Val Webb has shared a lecture she has been delivering, with the title “In Defense of Doubt.” It includes the following: Denigrating religious doubt is a matter of power and control — and a large dose of threat for religious authorities if people think for themselves.  Yet honest creative doubt has long been central in [Read More…]

Alin Suciu’s Thesis Online

Alin Suciu has successfully defended his dissertation – and I wish him heartfelt congratulations! He has kindly made the dissertation available on his blog. It is on the text often referred to as “The Gospel of the Savior” but which Alin emphasizes is not rightly placed in the Gospel genre. Hence the title of his [Read More…]

Progressive Christian Truth

Kimberly Knight wrote the following words in the conclusion to her post, “A lesbian and a fundamentalist walk into a bar”: We as progressives tend to bend over backward to affirm all paths as equal. But to be raw and honest, I believe there is a capital T truth and I do not believe it [Read More…]

Imagine No Religion

From The Far Left Side. HT Hemant Mehta. I think this cartoon makes two important points. One is that human beings are perfectly capable of fighting over things other than religion, and so blaming human conflict on religion is probably a mistake. The other is that those of us who want to see less violence [Read More…]

Antievolutionism vs. Fundamentalism

This image was shared on the God of Evolution Facebook page: It is only because most fundamentalists do not know their own history that young-earth creationists have managed to dupe so many into believing that they are defending historic Christianity. They are not even defending historic fundamentalism. B. B. Warfield was one of the authors [Read More…]

Self-Sealing Argument

This is from a recent post on the blog Leaving Fundamentalism: From Marianne Talbot, I have learned a useful expression: a self-sealing argument. This is an argument which cannot be refuted, because it doesn’t allow any counter-argument. Almost every fundamentalist argument is self-sealing. This is why, in the end, I concluded that fundamentalism couldn’t possibly [Read More…]

One of Jesus’ Parabolas

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Who’s Who in Hell

I was assisting one of the librarians at Butler University with evaluating the reference books in religion, when I came across this volume: There’s actually a book Who’s Who in Hell? One that covers not only the deceased but also people who are still alive? I quickly opened it to look up under McGrath – [Read More…]