- Do all Rivers lead to the Ocean? Some May Not, but Many Do.
- Civil Religion versus Authentic Spirituality.
- On how we decide the good. knowing rules/systems are made by the powerful
- Islam, Christianity, & Violence (Both Progressive & Conservative Christians get it Wrong)
- The Catch-22 for Evangelicals about Atheism
Jonathan on The real truth about prayer as… Jonathan on The Protestant problem of Sola… Michael on The real truth about prayer as…
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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