About Deborah Arca

Deborah Arca is the Managing Editor of the Progressive Christian Portal and Book Club at Patheos.com.

Zen and the Art of Self-Contradiction: A Review of Why I Am an Atheist Who Believes in God

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By Dale McGowan Managing Editor, Patheos Atheist Channel About twice a week, as I’m drifting off to sleep, the deep unfairness of conscious mortality takes a bite out of me. I flinch and gasp; my wife stirs and grumbles, “You’re fine.” No, I think, I’m really not. And neither are you. And I go to [Read More...]

When Believers and Nonbelievers Marry: A Q&A with Dale McGowan

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Across America, particularly among adults under age 33, secularism is on the rise. Nearly one third of Millennials, according to the Pew Research Center, don’t identify with a particular religion. And 20 percent of Americans overall describe themselves as nonreligous. So what happens when a nonbeliever falls in love with a believer? Popular author and secular [Read More...]

On Praying with Beads: A Q&A with Author Kristen Vincent

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“In the early church Christians used pebbles and stones to help them “pray without ceasing.” That practice evolved into using knotted rope, and later, strings of beads, which is how the rosary came into being. That happened long before there were “Catholics” and “Protestants.” Had we lived back in the Middle Ages we would have [Read More...]

Why God Created the World: A Q&A with Ben Stevens

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This month at the Patheos Book Club, we’re featuring a new book by Ben Stevens, Why God Created the World, a remarkable new adaptation bringing Jonathan Edwards’ powerful arguments to life in fresh, contemporary language. Stevens shared some thoughts about the book with us here. What got you interested in this topic? I stumbled onto it while [Read More...]

The Problem of Gendercide: A Q&A with Elizabeth Gerhardt

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In her new book, The Cross and Gendercide: A Theological Response to Global Violence Against Women and Girls, theology and social ethics professor Elizabeth Gerhardt makes a case that violence and sexual assault against women is heresy. In her groundbreaking study, Gerhardt proposes a holistic theology of the cross as the basis for a prophetic response by the [Read More...]

Where the Wind Leads: A Q&A with Vinh Chung

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As you can see in my family, the actions we take in this world can impact generations and perhaps an eternity. [Read more...]

My Friends, the Saints: A Q&A with Elizabeth Ficocelli

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“Once I began to read about the saints, I was greatly surprised to discover how real and human they were. They were not perfect people, and they were poignantly aware of that. But each one of the saints had a deep desire to enter into an intimate relationship with God and purge themselves of their [Read More...]


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