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December 09, 2016
I Get Religious Mail: St. John’s Folly
I'm continually surprised by what people are willing to declare a "charitable" cause and ask...
September 16, 2016
Repost: So Wrong For So Long: On Liberal Biblical Reinterpretation
[I'm taking a break from the blog to bond with and care for my new...
August 03, 2015
So Wrong For So Long: On Liberal Biblical Reinterpretation
Following up on last week's affray over cognitive dissonance in pro-LGBT Christians, I have one...
July 27, 2015
The Cognitive Dissonance of Pro-LGBT Christians
My post last week asking LGBT people and allies why they still consider themselves Christian...
July 20, 2015
Pro-Gay Christians, Wouldn’t Atheism Be Easier?
I have to wonder what could possibly be motivating gay and gay-affirming Christians to stay...
June 14, 2013
The Compliment of Taking Religion Seriously
Tanya M. Luhrmann, an anthropology professor at Stanford, wrote an op-ed last month titled "Belief...
March 01, 2013
The Catholic Church Is Not a Democracy
Pope Benedict's surprise resignation has set off a frenzy of speculation as to who the...
February 04, 2013
How Influential Is the Religious Right?
My latest column on Alternet, about the failed predictions of the religious right, has gotten...
December 12, 2012
Book Review: A Year of Biblical Womanhood
Summary: A personable, good-humored example of the liberal-theist cherry-picking ethic. I recently wrote about the...
August 03, 2012
How Religious Liberals Harm Their Own Cause: A Response to James Rohrer
Last month, AlterNet published a column by James Rohrer, a history professor and self-identified progressive...
October 10, 2011
The Blinding Fog of Religious Moderation
The author Sam Harris was, to my knowledge, the first of the New Atheists to...
August 02, 2010
Strategically Supporting Religious Charities
Are there any circumstances under which an atheist can support a religious group doing social...
July 14, 2010
Anarchy in the U.K.: The Anglican Crackup Continues
I've written before about the ongoing schism within the Episcopal church, but those posts only...
December 02, 2009
Why Won't You Atheists Just Go Away?
The Newsweek/Washington Post blog On Faith has posted a series of responses from panelists to...
June 26, 2009
The God of Shadow and Vapor
In April, I wrote a piece chastising Madeline Bunting for her willful invocation of the...
June 08, 2009
Fundamentalism Is Alive and Well: A Reply to John Shelby Spong
I recently finished reading two books by the Anglican bishop John Shelby Spong, Rescuing the...
January 31, 2009
The Soft Landing
Although it's much too early to look forward to a world without religion, one thing...
January 17, 2009
On Fear and Seeking
Slacktivist, a progressive Christian blogger whom I read regularly, has some words of advice for...
December 15, 2008
Pandagon's recent post on Carlton Pearson, and the comment thread there, got me thinking about...
December 12, 2008
A Glimpse of the Garden
By way of Pandagon, I came across this incredible story from NPR's This American Life,...
March 02, 2008
Further Thoughts on John Haught
Since the comment thread for my post "On Amateur Atheism" has sparked a lively debate,...
December 24, 2007
How Not to Fight the War on Christmas
Lately, there have been some encouraging signs that believers of conscience are more willing to...
December 12, 2007
Season of Division: The Episcopal Church Splits Up
There's at least one Christian denomination that won't be singing "peace on earth" this holiday...
December 07, 2007
Instruction Manual or Chronicle?
A few days ago, I had an epiphany that I think sheds considerable light on...
November 23, 2007
Making Excuses for the Bible
Via Elliptica, I came across a post titled Imprecations, exegesis, and hermeneutics on the blog...
September 14, 2007
Francis Collins on Atheism
The Point of Inquiry podcast recently aired a very interesting interview between D.J. Grothe and...
August 19, 2007
On Literal Interpretation
"I've written before about one variety of mirror-opposites of these illiteralist believers... those who I...
January 02, 2007
An Answer That Begs the Question
I don't want to spend all my time picking on the Newsweek/Washington Post blog On...
October 25, 2006
Book Review: The End of Faith/Letter to a Christian Nation
The End of Faith Summary: An incendiary polemic against unjustified belief. Many strong points, strongly...
August 08, 2006
Better than the Bible
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