The Weakling God of the Religious Right

Much religious conservativism is blatantly self-contradictory. Take this tweet from Fox News commentator Todd Starnes in response to the supreme court decision about DOMA: The God that Todd Starnes and others like him believe in is apparently one who wants his will imposed on society, but lacks the power either to compel or to persuade [Read More…]

Atheism, Language, and Theology

As a follow-up to my post from earlier today about atheism and the meaning of “god” I thought I would offer here some further thoughts that I also shared in comments on that post. If someone objects to calling something or someone a “god” because that is not an accepted use of that word in [Read More…]

Atheism Disproved

OK, so the title is intentionally provocative. But it seems to me that atheism can actually be disproved – depending, of course, on what you mean by “atheism.” Pantheists view the world, the cosmos, as divine, as God. And no atheist denies the existence of the cosmos. Ergo, at least one sort of “God” exists. [Read More…]

Jacob as God?

The scripture reading in church on Sunday was from Psalm 24. Since the invention of the iPad made it so much more convenient to do so, I've been trying to read along in the original languages whenever possible. I was really struck when I saw that in the midst of a psalm with many mentions [Read More…]

Irrational Hatred of Rational Religion

Joel Watts shared this image on his blog: While green could have more naturally been used to indicate a positive situation, the maker of the image chose to throw in a snarky “but still irrational.” What, pray tell, if anything, is irrational about Deism? Deism is a viewpoint that only accepts that which is rational, [Read More…]

Christianity Means Not Knowing All The Answers

Kathy Vestal wrote an interesting post with this title at Red Letter Christians. Here is a taste: [W]e forget our place before God. We twist our religion to be about knowledge. We contrive and memorize “facts” about God, dividing ourselves from those who understand differently, making God into our image rather than us in God’s, [Read More…]

House of Cards

David Hayward’s cartoon which he posted today depicts what “faith” is for many people: Hundreds of years ago, faith meant a response of trust and faithfulness to a God whose existence was thought to scarcely be in serious doubt. The order of the cosmos, the power of storms, and many other aspects of life seemed [Read More…]

Does God Have a Place in Science Fiction?

Anyone who reads this blog regularly probably thinks the answer is obvious. But the question is asked afresh and explored well in an article by Damien Walter in The Guardian with the same title as this blog post (HT John Morehead on Facebook). It includes great quotes such as “Any sufficiently advanced technocrat will be [Read More…]

Our Ideas about God

Via Facebook. For those who hate unsourced internet quotations, this comes from p.15 of his book New Seeds of Contemplation.   [Read more…]

Medium and Message

Via Episcopal Church Memes. What so you think? Was it Comic Sans? Or maybe Papyrus?   [Read more…]


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