Sophisticated Theology vs. the Biblical God

This image on the Pictoral Theology blog shows one of the more bizarre responses of some atheists to some theologians. If someone is talking about a different idea of God than the Biblical depiction, and knows it, then how is responding in terms of the Biblical (or other Abrahamic) depiction meaningful? Some atheists seem to [Read More…]

Which Comes First, Our View of God or Our Doctrine About the Bible?

A quote from a post by Pete Enns about this classic chicken-and-egg question. [Read more…]

A Terrible Human-Devouring God

Two stories by Philip K. Dick (“Rautavaara’s Case” and “Faith of our Fathers,” both included in the collection Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick, with an introduction by Jonathan Lethem) explore alien gods and ideas of God. One contrasts the human image of Christ with the equivalent savior of plasma-based beings from Proxima Centauri. Whereas [Read More…]

Killing Wonder With a Giant Ark

The above quote comes from Paul Wallace’s great blog post, “Ark Encounter and the death of wonder.” For a survey of the many lies told by young-earth creationists, see the post “Are Noah’s ark and flood literal scientific facts?” on the blog Science Meets Religion, which concludes: “Not only is this approach scientifically untenable, it [Read More…]

Clinging to One’s God

When sharing a blog post not too long ago, I wrote the following on Facebook: Any god that you have to cling to in order to keep from losing it is by definition an idol. I used literal physical idols in the background to the image above. But I hope it is clear that I have [Read More…]

Trinitarian Formula?

I was asked the following on Facebook, and thought I would share it today: Hey, I have a question from those of us who have to preach on Trinity Sunday. What about the Trinitarian formula in Matthew 28? Original, later addition? Here is my response: I don’t think it is a later addition, although the [Read More…]

The Ultimate Star Trek and Philosophy: The Search for the Print Version

The Ultimate Star Trek and Philosophy: The Search for Socrates is now available in print. It includes my chapter, “A God Needs Compassion, but Not a Starship: Star Trek’s Humanist Theology.” [Read more…]

Words Cannot Describe

I thought I would make a meme from a question I asked someone in a theological conversation: how do we assess the relative adequacy of language used to refer to God, when all human language is inadequate? [Read more…]

Aliens Saved My Religion

As I was looking for images that could serve as prototypes or inspiration for the cover design for my forthcoming book, Theology and Science Fiction, I discovered a book title that was proposed but not used by another author. Tony Kriz shared on his blog that his book Neighbors and Wise Men: Sacred Encounters in [Read More…]

Do Flat-Earthers Live On The Same Planet We Do?

Flat-Earthers have been getting more attention lately, for reasons that I cannot quite fathom. But I will not complain, and here’s why: Jonathan Robinson found a wonderful application for an analogy with those who insist that the Earth is flat. Even though flat-earthers say things about the Earth that are blatantly untrue and clearly wrong, we would nonetheless [Read More…]