Rejecting faith in righteousness

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Yesterday I read this very moving story, by the intelligent and courageous Lala Stone entitled, "How I Went from Being a Southern Baptist Preacher's Daughter to an Open Atheist." It's a heartbreaking story that I hope atheists and Christians will both read this story, for the same reason in different directions. Through the telling of stories we deepen our understanding, empathy and compassion. Ms. Stone's story is her own and while many people, myself included, we trace similar themes in our … [Read more...]

If the Whole World Was a Passenger Train

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In July 2014, we scorched—uh, froze—the sky. In an attempt to correct the warming of the planet scientists set off a new ice age that kills everyone, except 1000 people who board the Snowpiercer, a train bound for nowhere. No one can live more than a minute or two outside the ark of safety. This thrilling and thought-provoking film is the latest vision from Korean filmmaker, Joon-ho Bong, and it takes on so many issues in a creative way that if you see it once you’ll likely want to see … [Read more...]

An interview with Brian McLaren

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I first met Brian McLaren in the early 2000s as the not retired Emergent Village was getting off the ground. In fact the first time we sat together was at Villanova University where we heard the late Jaques Derrida speak, at the invitation of John Caputo, about St. Augustine and deconstruction. I didn't understand a word he said. Our friendship continued through the years and Brian's sharp, inquisitive thinking and warm disposition has been a lifeline to me as I tried to make sense of my … [Read more...]

Persecuted?

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Are Christians being persecuted today? It depends on what you mean. People of all types are being persecuted in various places around the world so it isn't a straight-forward symmetrical question, either. According to the United States Department of State, Christians in more than 60 countries face persecution from their governments or surrounding neighbors simply because of their belief in the person of Jesus Christ. [1] In US America, the situation is vastly different. There is without a … [Read more...]

I want to know everything

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I said to my girlfriend the other day, “I want to know everything.” “About what?” she replied. “About everything!” I’ve enjoyed the intellectual exploration that this year has afforded me. I’m turning this stone over in my hands. Looking at it from every angle. Still, I know I’m not seeing everything that’s there. This gives me a feeling of kinship with the great scientists of history and today who refuse to believe that what they see is all that's there. They dig … [Read more...]

Everyone wants to be a materialist

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Materialism just isn't what it used to be. Nowadays everyone wants to be a materialist, even the theologians, while the materialists want to look like they lead a spiritual life. The battle that is joined today is no longer between materialism and idealism, or hard-nosed Newtonians and far out spirit-seers, but between "materialist materialism" and "theological materialism", between crude soulless materialism and materialism with spirit, a materialism of the spirit, a religious … [Read more...]


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