Recently, Sir Elton John referred to Jesus as “a compassionate, super-intelligent gay man.” The publishing of such a statement is bound to stir up some trouble in certain parts of the Christian community, and it has. But what does such a thought and the various reactions to it tell us about the nature of religion – Christianity in particular – and how we approach it? Here are some of my thoughts. I hope you’ll share yours. Continue reading
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Same disaster, opposite interpretations: Pat Robertson’s analysis of the earthquake in Haiti shows that Christendom is a myth.
Over the last year or so I have heard a number of people say something like this: “I’m a Christian…but not that kind of Christian.” Indeed, I’ve even heard that from the mouth of a Christian Bishop! And it’s a sentiment with which I can certainly sympathize. In my experience, it’s often easy to tell what kind of Christian that kind is. It’s this kind, and this kind, and this kind, and this kind, and this kind, and this kind, and on and on. Continue reading
A STONEWALL DISPATCH: Pat Robertson thinks same-sex couples don’t want to marry and other craziness.
Over the last several weeks, I have found myself running across quite a few news stories and other items surrounding the issue of same-sex marriage and other issues that address human sexuality. I am also very interested in the issue, so I thought it was time to post something on the subject. The following is a small selection of some of the items I have come across recently, and a few of my thoughts on them. I invite open discourse on the subject. 🙂 Continue reading
This past Sunday, the Revised Common Lectionary brought us into the only piece of wisdom literature in the New Testament, the Epistle of James. I’ve been quite a fan of the letter since my first encounter with it, so I was happy to see the first twelve verses of its third chapter come up to be read aloud for some many at the same time. And, given the current state of our public discourse, it seems to have been quite apropos. Continue reading
So, I happened upon what seems to me to be a rather strange Christian creed recently. It’s actually the creed of an institute of higher learning (I did not know institutes for learning – even those with religious affiliations – had such creeds), and the full text of it can be found here. Continue reading
A while back, a discursionists post quoted from famed author and Christian apologist C.S. Lewis’ work Mere Christianity. The quote in question dealt with Lewis’ attempted deductive argument for belief in the divinity of Jesus, or, in somewhat common nomenclature, the “Liar/Lunatic/Lord” Trilemma. At the time, I said I would write up an explanation of the flaws in Lewis’ reasoning. Well, that ended up growing into something of an essay. So, here I’ll post a brief summary of the longer document and provide a link to a PDF of the whole thing. Continue reading
The internet can be the source of some really good things… Continue reading
A recent article by Newsweek’s religion editor, Lisa Miller, makes some interesting observations about recent religious polling. I think though that the observations are something that many of us have begun to see in our own experience and in conversations with others. Miller points out that “recent poll data show that we are conceptually, at least, becoming more like Hindus…” And, in reference to the ever-proof-texted John 14:6, Miller claims that the data show that “Americans are no longer buying it.” But will this tide continue to rise; are we really becoming more theologically Hindu? Must Christianity really change or die? Continue reading
It’s not too often that a quote from a female Rabbi makes one think of a popular, male, dead, ancient Rabbi-like character about whom who have virtually no real knowledge. But whether or not we have any legitimate record of this guy, we have not been stopped from developing our own fairly deep understandings of who he was, what he did and stood for, etc. Jesus of Nazareth means different things to different people, and we form our individual opinions largely based on our own needs, wants, experiences, obligations, fears, intellects, etc. So I wonder who folks out there think this sounds like… Continue reading