Waking Up: A Review

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In the preface of Sam Harris’ new book, Waking Up, out today from Simon & Schuster, he tells us, his readers, that this is the book he’s wanted to write for more than a decade. It is almost as though his earlier books were so much brush clearing to give him the time and space to write this book, which I suspect will come to be regarded as vintage Sam Harris. After all, he has given his entire life, not only to the research behind this book, but to the personal practice of the things he is spe … [Read more...]

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

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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...]

Can progressive religion claim the center?

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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...]

New poll: Attitudes toward religion sour with advanced education

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A new poll out today from WIN/Gallup International addresses the question of whether or not religion plays a positive role in society. The results are mixed and tend to confirm what we have generally come to expect.Overall, 59% of respondents said that religion plays a positive role in society while only 22% say it plays a negative role, for net positive* of 37%. Taken as a whole, the world is still very religious and most see this as a positive thing.As soon as you drill down a bit … [Read more...]

Announcing: Book Club

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I've been doing a lot of reading these past two and a half months. I've always been a voracious reader and I honestly haven't read nearly as much as I wish I had over the past few weeks, but I'm finding more time for reading and reflection as other areas of my life settle down.I'm getting ready to start a book I've been looking forward to for quite some time—Critique of Religion & Philosophy, by Walter Kaufmann. Does anyone want to read along? The book is roughly 430 pages long in 11 s … [Read more...]

Can You Live With(out) God? A conversation between Ryan Bell and Matthew Gamble

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 Join writer and speaker Ryan Bell and Pastor Matthew Gamble for a stimulating conversation about faith, reason, atheism and religion. … [Read more...]


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