The end is near!

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...of this year, that is.NPR aired a segment tonight that I taped with Arun Rath for All Things Considered. If you haven't heard it, it's only 4 1/2 minutes long (click the image below to listen). I said more about my provisional conclusions in this interview than I ever have before. When NPR tweeted the link to the segment a very interesting conversation ensued, dominated by tweets of encouragement and support, some inviting me to try other things, like Jehovah's Witnesses … [Read more...]

An interview with Brian McLaren


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...]

Hobby Lobby, slippery slopes and the doubled-edged sword of freedom


Michael Peabody is an attorney who blogs at ReligiousLiberty.TV. He says that conservatives think he’s too liberal, and that liberals think that he’s too conservative, but he says he just believes what he believes and that he tries to address every issue on a case-by-case basis. That, he says, has made him a Biblical traditionalist who is tolerant and appreciative of those who offer other religious viewpoints. He’ll argue for young-earth creationism all day because that’s what he believes, but he … [Read more...]

Help “Interview an Atheist At Church” raise money for more videos

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If you don't know about "Interview an Atheist at Church," you should! My friend Kile Jones started this project only a few months ago. He already has eight videos posted online and is looking to do more.Please check out the website, follow the Facebook page and most importantly, if you like the work Kile is doing, make a donation so he can make more videos.In my short experience I think this is one of the most effective ways of building bridges and humanizing atheists in the eyes of … [Read more...]

The slow death of God?


On May 19 I made the following comment on my Facebook timeline: I'm beginning to feel like progressive Christian theology (openness of God, process theology, radical theology) is just the slow death of God: the gradual repealing of God's power and agency to comply with our increasing understanding of the world until, as that great theologian, Joan Osborne, posited, "What if God was one of us?" Quite a few conversations ensued—151 comments on that status update and a few private conversation. I … [Read more...]

Walking away from faith: A conversation with Eric Criswell

One of the first people I thought of when I decided to take this year and fully explore the questions that had been building up about my faith, was Eric Criswell.Eric is a filmmaker that lives in my neighborhood. We met for the first time last year when our mutual friend, Kevin, introduced us on Facebook. Kevin was one year ahead of me at Weimar College, the little fundamentalist, Seventh-day Adventist Bible College we both graduated from in the early 90s. I hadn't seen Kevin since his … [Read more...]