January 14, 2021

Editor’s Note: Good question, Bart, especially as Americans are suffering one way or another from the effects of the outgoing Trump presidency. Of course, Ehrman is referring to suffering as it is portrayed in The New Testament, which is his academic specialty.  He did a series on the subject on his blog in December 2020.  This is the last of the series (reposted with permission), which also serves as a teaser to read the whole series, available to members of… Read more

January 11, 2021

Editor’s Note:  While there are many accounts of the recent horrible events at the US Capitol, this may be the only one you read that was written by a former evangelical pastor. I’ve excised information that you’ve probably heard 100 times by now, in order to place more emphasis on the writer’s insights. His account is excellent – and scary! /Linda LaScola, Editor ======================= By Bruce Gerencser Much like every thinking American, I was struck with horror as the supporters… Read more

January 7, 2021

By Linda LaScola, Editor Were you glued to the tube yesterday?  I was. https://www.washingtonpost.com It was hard to believe what was happening at the Capitol, even though our soon-to-be-gone President certainly encouraged such bad behavior – officially questioning the outcome of the presidential election, which he lost, fair and square. The US Capitol is not just a building across town, four miles from my home. It’s where I worked as a tour guide for five years while attending graduate school. … Read more

January 4, 2021

Editor’s Note: Even those who haven’t recently attended holiday services (virtual or in-person) may have noticed an increase in Biblical verse quotes over the past month.  They come with the season. But truly, it seems like there are Biblical verses for every season of the year and every occasion.  The Bible seems to always have a relevant verse at hand, or does it? /Linda LaScola, Editor =========================== By Chris Highland Without a manual, could Faith function or Religion run? Manual… Read more

January 1, 2021

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December 31, 2020

By Linda LaScola, Editor As this awful year draws to a close, I realized I hadn’t heard much about religion, except for churches complaining about having to close to protect against the spread of the coronavirus.  So I Googled “virus religion” and “virus god” and found a few things readers might find interesting. According to the May 2020 issue of Forbes: “A poll conducted by the University of Chicago Divinity School and The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research… Read more

December 26, 2020

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December 25, 2020

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! From good Santa, Baby Deniz, Bad Santa and crying baby too!   ==================================================   >>>Photo Credits:  http://denizcemonduygu.com/blog/2009/04/early-christmas-2/#sthash.sIDkazvG.dpuf <a href=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/oufoufsworld/4179976696/”>Joeckingham</a> via <a href=”http://photopin.com”>photopin</aref=”http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/”>cc</a – See more at: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/rationaldoubt/2014/12/bad-santa-day-4/#sthash.A6coOzj1.dpuf Read more

December 24, 2020

The Christmas Season is here again! We hope you enjoy this re-working of the Twelve days of Christmas by Catherine Dunphy.  Incidentally this version has been republished in a book by Jerry Bowler, and Oxford University Press.   The Twelve Days of Christmas On the 1st day of Christmas my true love gave to me Dawkins Christmas Tree. On the 2nd day of Christmas my true love gave to me, 2 Trilobite fossils, and Dawkins Christmas Tree. On the 3rd… Read more

December 21, 2020

Editor’s Note: Perhaps it is because the author was himself born on Christmas day that, even as a non-believer, he ponders how Jesus would react to what “his” church has become. /Linda LaScola, Editor ============================= By Chris Highland The dilemma of the modern Church could be presented in one startling question: Would Jesus himself recognize anything in a church service including the rituals, prayers, hymns and perhaps especially, the leadership? The building itself and the “symbols of faith” would no… Read more

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