Putting Words in Paul’s Mouth: “Women: Shut Up!”


“Women should remain silent in the churches.” Few Christians actually follow Paul’s command. It’s often explained away as a cultural artifact, perhaps addressing a specific situation involving a group of unruly wives in Corinth. But an across-the-board prohibition against women speaking that’s applicable to the modern church? Surely not! [Read more...]

Could you be so holy that you wouldn’t be sad when your children go to hell?

Fra Angelico, detail The Last Judgment, Winged Altar, 1450

There may be no doctrine from the mainstream body of orthodoxy more staggering than “eternal conscious torment,” that doctrine which proposes hell involves the never-ending unimaginably intense torment of people in body and soul. [Read more...]

B.S.’s no BS speech at Liberty University should challenge all of us


Bernie Sanders is not a Christian. He is a Jew, though he does not profess to be deeply religious. However, the vision he recently expounded in a speech to the students and faculty of Liberty University, the school founded by the Baptist fundamentalist Jerry Falwell, sounded more Christian than many Christians. [Read more...]

Why do so many conservatives oppose Pope Francis?

Pope Francis prepares to depart following his Arrival Ceremony, 23 Sep 2015. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza, CC BY 3.0

It seems that even the vicar of Christ can be given such preposterous titles left normally for men like Adolph Hitler and Henry Kissinger. Though, as I recover from my abrupt laughter, I realize that I’m not incredibly surprised. [Read more...]

I’m not a fan of the Pope and you shouldn’t be either


As the hullabaloo over Pope Francis’ visit to America reaches a fever pitch, it’s important to keep in mind some sobering realities about the organization he leads. [Read more...]

I caused a bomb scare on a military installation and got in less trouble than Ahmed Mohamed


I realized that I knew exactly what happens when there’s really a bomb scare — because I’d caused one myself — and that Ahmed’s story bore no resemblance to my own experience. [Read more...]

Love in the Anthropocene


“How will love arise in a world without nature as we have known it?” This is the central question of “Love in the Anthropocene,” a newly-released collection of two essays and five short stories jointly written by environmental philosopher Dale Jamieson and novelist Bonnie Nadzam. [Read more...]

Dear Dispensationalist God


Before you decide whether or not to include me in the rapture, please read the following. [Read more...]