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Do all Rivers lead to the Ocean? Some May Not, but Many Do.

When I was young, one idea that was held up to mockery in fundamentalist circles was the idea that, when speaking of world religions, “all rivers lead to the ocean.” It was driven home that there could only be one … Continue reading

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Civil Religion versus Authentic Spirituality.

Recently I had reason to revisit my strong belief in the separation of church and state. Which comes from my baptist heritage and my grandmother who once said, “I don’t want a teacher I don’t know praying with my child. … Continue reading

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On how we decide the good. knowing rules/systems are made by the powerful

RULES ARE MADE BY THE POWERFUL: ETHICS FOR THE MARGINALIZED AND THE REST OF US Majorie Suchoki talks about how moral rules/systems can themselves be sinful. Like the deep south and Jim Crow–legal, but evil. She says that to be moral/good … Continue reading

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Islam, Christianity, & Violence (Both Progressive & Conservative Christians get it Wrong)

One side: “Christianity is just as violent/bad as Islam!” The Other: “No! it is Not! Christianity chilled out on the violence! Islam is way worse!” Hey. Look. Let’s slow things down. Time for nuance. First–The need to control others in … Continue reading

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The Catch-22 for Evangelicals about Atheism

Evangelicals get very upset when one of their flock becomes an atheist. At one level, I understand. But at another, I think they have set themselves up for failure on this issue because of their reliance on two major but … Continue reading

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Something people do not know about Pentecostals and the bible:

  When I left the modern pentecostal movement I made the wise choice to study pentecostalism academically because I valued the mystical and spirit-filled orientation they had. When I went to grad school and got a masters in divinity, I … Continue reading

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The Protestant problem of Sola Scriptura and the canonicity of the Apocrypha.

When the Protestant Reformation happened, the newly formed movement championed the idea, still triumphant today, that the sole authority of Christians and the Church was the bible. But which bible? And who picked these books? Because there used to be … Continue reading

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