Why I Am a Progressive Christian

Patheos is doing a series asking us to explain “Why I am a…” in 200 words or less. I just wasted some of my word limit telling you that, so I'll get on with it. Before I was a progressive Christian I was a conservative Evangelical Christian, and before I was a conservative Evangelical Christian [Read More…]

Easter in Memory of Her

I had seen April DeConick mention on her blog the Easter musical performance, “Easter in Memory of Her,” for which she composed the script. I hoped that it might turn out to have been recorded and thus be made available to those who were unable to be present for its debut. Today April announced the [Read More…]

Randomness vs. the Lord’s Will

I have heard countless poorly-informed Christians say that they reject evolution because it posits things happening through “randomness.” The objection is bogus. Randomness is less a feature of biological evolution than it is of casting lots and other things which, in the Bible, are said to be indicative of the divine will. If evolution is [Read More…]

Ignorance is Strength

I was struck today, rereading George Orwell’s 1984, at how easily one can substitute Christian terminology into a particular passage, which is from the book within the book, Emmanuel Goldstein’s The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism. Let me show you what I mean: Christian society rests ultimately on the belief that God is omnipotent and that [Read More…]

Think Outside the Book

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Easter Flash Mob

I’m grateful to Mike Bird for sharing the above video. Christianity is a diverse global phenomenon – indeed, so diverse that Eastern Christians will be celebrating Easter on May 5th this year! And so sharing this song, with words characteristic of the Orthodox branch of Christianity, on the day that Catholics and Protestants celebrate Easter [Read More…]

Happy Easter!

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Principles vs. Passages

I’ve made this point before (see especially my article for Religion Dispatches from 2008). But since Jim West has written a blog post suggesting that liberal Christians neglect exegesis when it comes to subjects such as same-sex relationships, I thought I would respond to him here, just as I have in a comment on his [Read More…]

Easter Ham

What exactly is the symbolism behind the custom of eating ham at Easter – of eating a non-kosher food to celebrate a story that is set against the backdrop of the Jewish Passover? [Read more…]

Good Friday and Deity-Placation

Today's Non Sequitur cartoon fits how some understand Good Friday perfectly: Among our oldest traceable concept of gods are the personalities we once assumed to be behind the forces of nature. How do we find a way to get rain when we need it, or divert illness away from ourselves? Placate the deity. And how [Read More…]