Is Judgement Always about Punishment?

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Chris Hallquist has uploaded another chapter of his book for comment/questions.  I don't have anything very helpful to say, since I mostly agree with him and Dennett.  "I feel strongly about this, and your questions make me sad" is a really bad approach to an argument about truth claims.  I disagree with some of the stuff about the use of mockery , but that's more a content disagreement than a "I think religious readers will misunderstand X as currently outlined."  (Plus I've written on this befo … [Read more...]

For I am a Woman Under Authority

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This weekend, I attended a silent retreat.  The timing of the retreat on Saturday made it a good time to reflect on preparations for Advent (and plenty of other things -- the retreat ran from 9am-6pm, and my friends offline will know it was only by the grace of God that I kept my motormouth from running all that time).  The Advent season is similar to Lent, a time of reflection, purification, and anticipation before a great feast.  So, many Catholics take on Advent fasts the same way they do at L … [Read more...]

On Doxologies, the Kingdom, and the Oxford Comma

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A friend of mine (who you may have seen on this blog as squelchtoad) posed a delightful question on facebook: The doxology at the end of the Lord's prayer is often written "For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory." Is it meant to mean "the kingdom, the power, and the glory" or is "the power and the glory" an epithet for "the kingdom"? Catholics don't incorporate this doxology into the end of the Lord's Prayer (though, in the post Vatican II Mass, the laity say it as a separate thing … [Read more...]

7 Quick Book Recommendations

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Tis the season for finding gifts, and how could you possibly do better than books?  Seriously, when I was a little kid, the tooth fairy left money and YA fiction in our beds.  It's hard for me to cull from my list of favorites, so these seven books (plus one bonus recommendation) are all culled from things I read for the first time in 2012.Oh, and don't forget that when you buy books or anything on Amazon through my links, I get a small cut that I turn into more book purchases and r … [Read more...]

Hey, Hallquist, want to give me a one-sentence long early Christmas present?

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Yesterday, I wrote a little response to Chris Hallquist's open call for comments on his book draft.  Turns out I had misunderstood how big a claim Chris was making, which he helpfully clarified in a comment, and I'm sure the finished work will help prevent people from making my mistake.  I only had two other issues worth commenting on with the chapter, one that's picayune, and one that's probably beyond the scope of what Hallquist is trying to do in this chapter.  First things first:Chris men … [Read more...]

I see your trilemma, and raise you a tetralemma!

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Over at Cross Examined, Bob Seidensticker has an objection to C.S. Lewis's Trilemma, and John E_o raised the same question over here.  Bob says, why stay stuck in Lewis's framework that Jesus Christ must be either a lunatic, a liar, or the Lord of all Creation?  Can't we just pick 'legend?' We have no problem with wisdom taken from the Koran or the story of Gilgamesh or the Upanishads or any other book of religion or mythology despite its being wrong about the supernatural stuff. Assuming that t … [Read more...]

The theologians Chris Hallquist doesn’t believe in

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Chris Hallquist (who blogs in the Patheos Atheist channel as the Uncredible Hallq) is in the process of writing a book tentatively titled Angry Atheists?: Why the Backlash Against Popular Atheism Is Silly. As he writes it, he's posting drafts of chapters on his blog to invite comment, sort out confusion, etc.   The most recent chapter he's revised and posted is to be Chapter Two: The many gods I don’t believe in (yours included).Since I guess I'm in the intended audience for the eventual book … [Read more...]


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