Another Gay Evangelical Minister

Just over a month ago New Life mega-evangelical Ted Haggard was outed by his gay lover. Now another evangelical preacher has resigned after being confronted by church elders. Paul Barnes of Grace Chapel in tony Englewood, Colorado recorded a taped confession that was played last Sunday for the 2,100 member congregation. According to the Reuters story and the Denver Post, Barnes was outed when an anonymous tipster told church leaders that he heard someone threaten "to go public with the names of … [Read more...]

Kuo Counters

Interesting counterattack by David Kuo against Focus on the Family's hit job against his book. … [Read more...]

Vedanta Philosophy – Part 2

In my last post on the subject I introduced Advaita Vedanta (Hindu) ontology and the three categories of reality: necessary existence (sat), impossible existence (asat), and world-appearance (mithya).So where does God fit into this ontology? The Western concept of God is not something that can be projected onto the Vedanta system. For now, forget everything you've been told about the theistic God. Done? Good, let's proceed along logical lines and see where we end up. The "prime mover" (Brahman) … [Read more...]

Dawkins Supports Genocide?

There's a little kerfuffle in the blogosphere recently about Dawkins. No, not the Haggard video. As the LifeSite story reports, and several fringe abortion blogs have picked up and elaborated, Dawkins "advocates eugenics" and "says Nazi regime's genocidal project 'may not be bad'". The article goes on to quote other geneticists in a negative fashion in order to weave a science-fiction horror story of a future ruled by sterilization, eugenics, and genetic engineering.Of course if you read the … [Read more...]

Vedanta Philosophy

Over time I'd like to say a few things about important points in Vedanta (Hindu) philosophy. This is a neglected area not just among Western philosophers of religion but also among nonbelievers who are naturally curious and interested in what other religions have to say. And hopefully it will be something a little different and maybe even fun.[Disclaimer: I am not an academic expert! I have practiced yoga for several years now and I've read and studied Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, Yogavashishta, and … [Read more...]

Return to Enlightenment Ideals?

In the wake of yesterday's election, conservative Andrew Sullivan reprints a letter from a far-right conservative reader whose views have evolved [link]. Here's the last paragraph:I believe in smaller government. I believe in efficient government. I believe in honest government. I believe in reason informed by faith. I believe in politics, informed by faith, but not ruled by it. I believe in the principles of government as set forth by the Founding Fathers. I believe ours is not a Christian … [Read more...]

Cognitive Dissonance

First TBN President Paul Crouch and now New Life Church's Ted Haggard? What is it with evangelical pastors both being gay and denouncing gays and lesbians? Was Sigmund Freud right after all?Update: Haggard steps down. … [Read more...]

Taliban Take Two

Jerry Sutton, pastor of Two Rivers Baptist Church said at a political rally in Nashville yesterday:"'We have every intention of out-praying, out-thinking, out-working, out-serving and out-loving our opponents,' Sutton said. 'And we will by the grace of God make this a Christian nation.'" [link]Dominionism is alive and well... … [Read more...]


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