Why doesn’t the Bible mention dinosaurs?

TOM SAYS: I am confused when the Bible talks about God creating the world in 7 days but there is no evidence of humans living with dinosaurs. THE RELIGION GUY ANSWERS: This problem arises if “creationism” controls Bible interpretation. That term has come to identify those Protestants whose strictly literal reading of the Bible’s Book [Read More...]

How can this searcher find “the right church”?

KEVIN ASKS: I have been struggling for some time now searching for the right church for myself and family. . . . Please help me sort my understanding of truth and find a place to congregate and worship. I feel as though I have been absent too long. THE RELIGION GUY ANSWERS: This request characterizes [Read More...]

What is Buddhism’s appeal for Americans?

DANIEL ASKS: What aspects attract the many religious Americans that convert to Buddhism? THE RELIGION GUY RESPONDS: Before discussing what “attracts” let’s consider how “many” Americans have adopted this venerable faith. The over-all U.S. context is a deep divide between native-born converts (presumably Daniel’s interest) and Asian immigrants, also American Buddhists but not new “converts.” [Read More...]

Was Christian Communion celebrated on the moon?

DAVID ASKS: Do you know if it’s true Christian Communion was celebrated during the first moon landing? THE RELIGION GUY ANSWERS: Yes. And that Apollo 11 Communion followed a related event on Christmas Eve of 1968 during Apollo 8′s first manned flight to the moon. The earlier flight didn’t attempt a lunar landing but the [Read More...]

Bible puzzler: Why did God spurn Cain’s offering?

JANE ASKS: Why did God spurn Cain’s offering? THE RELIGION GUY ANSWERS: Some weeks ago our blog treated the classic Bible question of where Cain, Adam and Eve’s first son, found his wife. In response, The Guy received this about another Cain puzzler from the Book of Genesis, chapter 4. Here’s the story from  “Genesis: Translation [Read More...]

Who makes what claims to Jerusalem’s Temple site?

IRA ASKS: Both Jews and Muslims lay religious claim to Jerusalem’s Temple Mount / Noble Sanctuary, which has long been at the center of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. What is the basis of their competing claims? THE RELIGION GUY ANSWERS: This uniquely and deeply revered religious site in the eastern sector of Jerusalem’s Old City is [Read More...]

What does the Bible teach about polygamy?

THE RELIGION GUY SAYS nobody has yet posted a question about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (a.k.a. “Mormon” or “LDS”) acknowledging delicate details about founding Prophet Joseph Smith’s polygamy, but The Guy decided he ought to examine the classic matter of how the Bible views polygamy. Smith declared that God was simply using [Read More...]

Why does the creed say Jesus “descended into hell”?

LISA ASKS: What do Christians say happened during [Jesus'] “descent into hell,” and do most denominations believe this happened? THE RELIGION GUY ANSWERS: This week, as every week, uncountable millions of Christians attending church will profess that Jesus Christ “was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. On the third day he rose [Read More...]

What explains Hollywood’s “holy movie” picks?

KIRSTEN ASKS: I wonder why I cannot think of any movies with stories from the Torah, Quran, or other holy texts. Are there any in the works? THE RELIGION GUY ANSWERS: There’s considerable mystery about Hollywood and “holy movies.” Why are they often amateurish or offer ham-handed derision toward beliefs and believers? Why do few high-quality [Read More...]

A Bible oldie: Who was Cain’s wife?

LIBBY ASKS: If human origins began with one couple, Adam and Eve, how did Cain find a wife? THE RELIGION GUY ANSWERS: The famous biblical story of Cain, history’s first murderer, includes this old Bible head-scratcher about who his wife could have been. Genesis 4 tells of Cain’s birth, agricultural vocation, rivalry and killing of [Read More...]