Demolishing and Reconstructing the Burial of Jesus (and Christianity Itself)

Sam Alexander has posted a review of my book The Burial of Jesus on his blog {Take and Read}. It is appreciative and yet asks some important questions, most pointedly, what comes after the sort of historical-critical demolition of widely held views, and of certainty in general. What, in short, should Christianity look like in [Read More…]

Evangelical Evolutionary Religious Naturalism

Michael Dowd has a blog post that reworks some fundamental tenets of Evangelicalism to be more in keeping with his own naturalistic and evolutionary faith. The whole thing is worth reading (and so I encourage you to click through to read it), but here are the key elements of his transformed creed: Reality is my [Read More…]

Is Progressive Christianity the Last, Best Hope for Christianity’s Future?

An interesting article that was shared on Facebook argues that progressive or liberal Christianity is where Christianity is headed in our time. John Shore, the author, makes some good points along the way, regardless whether you find his point about the alleged inevitability of what he depicts less than persuasive. Here’s a sample: In the [Read More…]

Liberal Christianity – An Affirmation

Mike Bird offered a caricature of Liberal Christianity which it would be wrong to dismiss out of hand. The trends and pitfalls that he highlights on the liberal end of the spectrum are real dangers. The churches which were so flexible and so in tune with the social norms of their time that they had [Read More…]

Is Jesus The Only Way? A Progressive Christian Perspective

Elsewhere on Patheos, as part of the ongoing symposium “What is Progressive Christianity?”, Rev. Susan Strouse shares her thoughts on the idea that Jesus is the only way. [Read more…]

Conversations Around the Blogosphere

Here are some links to posts either directly responding to, or simply on the same topic as, recent posts here at Exploring Our Matrix. Daniel Kirk, Brian LePort, Joel Watts and Tom Verenna chime in on the Shema and Pauline monotheism. Tom also explains why he is no longer a “mythicist.” More people have joined [Read More…]

Progressive Christianity for Children in the News

There is a new article at The Huffington Post by Deshna Ubeda on progressive Christianity and the education of children. I know from my own experience that it can be a struggle to find resources that will help children learn to appreciate a religious tradition, but not uncritically, and to be open to expecting to [Read More…]

Uthull

I recently discovered a band I had never heard of before. They are known as Uthull, and they are from Greece. They play in a jazz fusion/progressive rock instrumental style. Have a listen, if that sounds like the sort of thing you might like. [Read more…]

Repost of a Christian-Atheist Dialogue

What follows is a lengthy discussion I had with an atheist earlier this year on my old blog. I thought it might be of interest to regular readers and to new visitors from Pharyngula and elsewhere around the blogosphere where I have been involved in conversations. _________________________________ Andrew Krause was kind enough to send me [Read More…]