NRA: Chaim is one of my Jewish characters

The authors only need two Jewish characters because they only need to illustrate the two possible outcomes for Jews in their End Times mythology. So we get Tsion Ben-Judah, the rabbi who repents of his Judaism and converts to fundamentalist Christianity, and Chaim Rosenzweig, the “nonreligious, nonpracticing Jew” who rejects Jesus and embraces the Antichrist [Read more…]

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Soul freedom, Baptist baptism, and the knowledge of good and evil

James McGrath responds to Jim West’s attempt to play Baptist Enforcer, pointing out that Baptists, by definition, do not and cannot have enforcers. Pretty much the only way to break the rules as a Baptist is to try to enforce them on others. [Read more…]

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Ninevites are not ‘God’s children’

“And should I not be concerned about Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than 120,000 people who do not know their right hand from their left, and also many animals?” [Read more…]

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Smart people saying smart things

Kevin Miller: “Talking to Christians About Hell: It’s Not as Easy as You’d Think” Experience has shown me that too many Christians have a strong emotional investment in a doctrine of hell they’re unable to articulate, much less defend against rival interpretations. Worse, they’re not even aware such interpretations exist. And then they treat their [Read More…]

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Robot Eurythphro and news from the religious right

“And a good day to you, Robot Euthyphro.” If you’re not familiar with the original, you can read it here. Go ahead, it’s short, and funnier than you might expect. (For best results: Imagine Peter Falk in the role of Socrates.) I found the video above after reading Libby Anne’s response to a column by [Read More…]

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The righteous man and the wicked city: ‘Abraham Pleads for Sodom’

The New International Version of the Bible adds these little section headings at the start of each chapter or pericope. At the start of Genesis 19, for example, it adds the heading “Sodom and Gomorrah Destroyed.” That’s a familiar story, even for people who haven’t read the Bible. The names of those cities endure as [Read More…]

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Maybe God is a better person than you think

Jesus Creed serves up a guest post by Jeff Cook on one of my least favorite topics: “apologetics” and those awful show-debates between Christians and new atheists. I love dialogue, I do not love this approach to “debate.” It turns the conversation into a matter of winning and pushes participants away from their complementary quest [Read More…]

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Is God free to decide to cherish a gum thief?

Derek Flood offers a mini-sermon on “Sin and Chewing Gum“: Yesterday, I was walking through Dolores Park and heard a street preacher, saying “If you’ve ever stolen a stick of gum, then you are guilty of sin! If you’ve ever looked at Facebook at work, then you’ve stolen from your employer, and that’s sin!” Of [Read More…]

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