Grief at the Loss of Absolutes

David Hayward shared the above cartoon. The title uses “deconstruction” in its popular rather than its technical sense. It is really about the application of Kübler-Ross' famous “five stages of grief” to the grief we experience when we realize that our conviction that we have the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth [Read More…]

Certainty-Seeking Faith

Kurt Willems shared the quote below from Greg Boyd’s book Benefit of the Doubt: Breaking the Idol of Certainty (p.149): One of the most unfortunate consequences of certainty-seeking faith is that, because it rewards people for feeling certain they’re right and discourages people from questioning their perspectives, it conditions people to insist that their maps are the territory. [Read More…]

Truth and Faith

“God is a God of truth, so the truth cannot unravel our faith if our faith is legitimate.” — Ken Schenck, in a blog post entitled “Paul, Athens, Evidence, Presuppositions”   [Read more…]

Happy Reformation Day!

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I find your lack of faith disturbing

A commenter (whom I can only assume is a troll, since they twice assumed that I might not have seen Star Wars!) suggested that the scene in which Darth Vader force chokes General Motti in Star Wars Episode IV might be inspired by the doubting Thomas story in John 20. And so I thought it [Read More…]

And There You Have It

Via Pinterest. Einstein is purported to have said “Make everything as simple as possible, but no simpler.” Whatever you think of the Bible, those thoughts should reflect what the Bible actually is. And there are a great many people who embrace it or reject it not as a complex compilation of diverse literature, but on [Read More…]

If Education is Against Your Beliefs

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Liberal Christianity in Three Books

Rod Dreher shared a challenge aimed at combating religious illiteracy: offer a list of three books – and no more than three – that will together give an adequate introduction to a particular religion. Other bloggers have already responded. So which would I choose for my own liberal Christian tradition? There is a real sense in [Read More…]

Obama’s Faith

Hemant Mehta asked in a recent video whether president Obama is an atheist. TL; DR “No” I appreciate Mehta’s treatment of this topic, on the whole. My biggest disagreement is with his statement that president Obama supports marriage equality in spite of his faith and not because of it. I see no reason to accept [Read More…]

Abraham “Heard Voices”

It is important to tread carefully when something tragic is in the news, such as Aaron Alexis' recent shooting rampage at a Navy yard. But my students are continuing to discuss the Abraham story and the Euthyphro today, and we simply cannot bypass the question of how one would react to someone in our time [Read More…]