Christmas Spoiler

From a “Rationalist Christmas Card” HT Hemant Mehta   [Read more…]

Fringe: There is Only One God in this Laboratory

The episode of Fringe “Black Blotter,” which aired last week, fascinated a lot of people because of its LSD-augmented aspects, and in particular its surreal tribute to Monty Python (with an Empire Strikes Back moment worked in for good measure). There has been a connection between religion and psychedelic drug use for as long as [Read More…]

O Magnum Mysterium

The beautiful choral piece “O Magnum Mysterium” composed by René Clausen, performed here by the Anderson University Chorale. [Read more…]

Religious Diversity and Alienation

I have been struck by the language some atheist bloggers I read have used in recent days, in reference to how they felt about President Obama’s speech/sermon in Newtown. Alienation. As a progressive Christian, and as someone who has studied Biblical studies, theology, and philosophy of religion, I often feel something that could be described [Read More…]

Last-Minute Gift Ideas

If you’re still looking for last-minute gifts, keep in mind that you can give someone a Kindle book and it will be delivered to them as quickly as you want it too. Set it so that the notification e-mail arrives Christmas day if you like! All of my books are on Kindle, for those who [Read More…]

Am I Wrong About the Massacre of the Innocents?

First, let’s have some appropriate music to go with this post: Now, on with the post! Tony Jones has suggested in a blog post that I am wrong in what I wrote about the massacre of the innocents. He is wrong about my wrongness, and this post is to explain why. The heart of the [Read More…]

Theologian Trading Cards Giveaway Winners

The time is up for entries in the giveaway – now it is time to pick winners! Using Random.org the following comments and commenters have been selected at random as the winners of one of the three sets of Theologian Trading Cards with a signed card each: 5     Kevin A. Wilson  (Kevin Vanhoozer signed [Read More…]

Skewed Conservative Christian Priorities

Bob Cargill created and shared this checklist: I think Bob is right about some things and sort of wrong about some things. I think he is right when he says that the skewed prioritization has to change, and that there is reason to be hopeful that it is indeed changing. I think he is sort [Read More…]

If Jesus Spoke Like Some of His Modern Followers

And here’s a reminder that not all of Jesus’ followers sound like that. Some, I think, sound rather more like he did. A friend shared this quote on Facebook: praying together as a class in school isn’t christian. and the pledge of allegiance is NOT christian. and plastering bible verses on walls of public buildings [Read More…]

Who Got Invited?

David Hayward has created and shared a cartoon that illustrates a central message in both nativity stories in the New Testament. Those who were “invited” to the birth or infancy of Jesus were the marginalized, the excluded. Somehow the powerful and dominant have managed to co-opt these stories and treat them as their own, seemingly [Read More…]