Christ the Avenger

IO9 drew attention to the posted above, created by a Mexican church. What do you make of it? Does this detract from Easter, from The Avengers, or both? Or might it just generate some interesting conversations? [Read more…]

Gnostic Cinema

April De Conick has shared her opening talk that introduced the recent Gnostic Cinema movie series at Rice University. It is a fascinating talk, exploring both the ancient religious ideas that the term “Gnosticism” refers to, as well as the reasons why there has been a resurgence of interest in those ancient traditions. Click through [Read More…]

Freethinking isn’t achieved by Leaving Religion 

I thought that this recent quote from Randal Rauser deserved to be highlighted in a meme. Click through to read the blog post that it comes from. [Read more…]

The Tragedy of Pelagius the Wise

This gem of a mash up of Star Wars and Christian theology came to my attention via Facebook: Many of the comments on Reddit are wonderful, responding in ways that continue the mash-up. [Read more…]

The Significance of the Protestant Reformation, 500 Years Later

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Disrespecting Scripture

When sharing a recent post on Facebook, I prefaced it with the words above, and thought it might be worth sharing them as a meme. I had young-earth creationists particularly in mind when I said this, but I think it applies more broadly. Those who most loudly and adamantly proclaim themselves the defenders the Bible, [Read More…]

Perfect Fear Casts Out Love

A recent PRRI survey has been making the news, and rightly so. As you can see from this chart, white Evangelicals have a persecution complex (or, if you prefer, a martyr complex): As the Episcopal Cafe highlighted, white Evangelical Protestant leaders are using fear and alarmism in an effort to drive people to faith. But the [Read More…]

What Gospel Is That?

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Stand Up For Jesus

It has been a while since I’ve shared one of David Hayward’s cartoons, and this one seems especially worthy of circulation and comment. Conservative Christians regularly fail to reflect on the possibility that, just as Jesus and his early followers caused divisions and faced oppositions in their Jewish context, so too it may be necessary [Read More…]

Attacking the Bible

I thought that the above quote from Pete Enns was worth sharing. Especially the last bit, since it really does highlight a central issue in a lot of discussions that I have, too. Sometimes people seem to completely fail to recognize that, when they talk about “what the Bible says,” what they really mean is “what I [Read More…]