How gods are born and borne in human culture and cognition

One of the most fruitful ongoing conversations I've had over the past two years has been with LeRon Shults. We recently met up in Newport Beach where he was attending the annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion.LeRon is Professor of Theology and Philosophy at the University of Agder, Norway, the author of Theology After the Birth of God: Atheist Conceptions in Cognition and Culture, and a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for the Bio-Cultural Study of … [Read more...]

The Story of God

Variety announced today that Morgan Freeman will narrate a new TV series scheduled to air in 2016 on the National Geographic Channel, called "The Story of God."From the story: “God is arguably the most important topic of our time,” said Lori McCreary, Freeman’s producing partner at Revelations Entertainment and an executive producer on the series. “National Geographic’s unprecedented inside access will allow us to explore the global mystery behind God and religion. With Morgan as our storyte … [Read more...]

American Christians scramble for silver lining in Pew religion poll

Pew Research report shows Catholics and Evangelicals both declining, but it’s still good news, they say. Or at least Ryan Bell and Dan ArelAmericans are losing their religion. At least that is what a new study released this week by Pew Research has shown. The study polled more than 35,000 Americans from all 50 states and mapped changes to the country’s religious diversity over the past eight years.The study found, to many people’s surprise, that religiously unaffiliated adults … [Read more...]

Can progressive religion claim the center?

During the long and interesting conversation around the relative merits of NALT Christians, the larger issues of "progressive Christianity" came up. Many Christians expressed that they are involved in NALT because they want to combat the notion that all Christians are anti-LGBT. Like the It Gets Better project, participants make videos expressing their faith in progressive and inclusive ways.In the midst of that conversation I read a very interesting piece on Religion Dispatches by my friend … [Read more...]

I apologize, I mischaracterized NALT

**So as to avoid sanitizing history I have left my original post intact, with a note pointing to this correction.Two days ago I wrote a post here called "Please, let's not start with the #NotAllChristians foolishness." In that post I used NALT (Not All Like That), a project co-founded by John Shore, as an example of Christians who are saying, "Not all Christians are like that." I did that hastily because of the close similarity of Not All Like That and Not All Christians. I confess that … [Read more...]

Please, let’s not start with the #NotAllChristians foolishness

The #NotAllMen meme has been running its course over the past few weeks with helpful responses from #YesAllWomen who remind us all (but especially men) that while not all men are misogynistic jerks, all women are subjected to those who are. I actually think the notion that not all men are misogynistic deserves to be challenged. I consider myself to be a feminist. I actively work to challenge and correct instances of patriarchy wherever I witness them. But as any of the women who are close to me … [Read more...]