Is this idolatrous?

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

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Theology Without Thinking

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

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The Best Songs of the Decade

Well, I suppose the decade is nearly 97% over, and in honor of Pitchfork staff’s recent publication of its top 500 songs of the 2000s (which is relatively piss poor as far as Pitchfork lists go, but it was pretty ambitious), I thought I’d create a list of the best 20 songs I encountered over the past 10 years.  These are not necessarily what I would think the best songs of the decade are, if I could hear everything; just the best songs I did hear (and you’ll no doubt notice glaring blind spots in my listening), and not necessarily my favorites either (although some of them certainly are). Continue reading

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How many words is a picture with a caption worth?

The internet can be the source of some really good things… Continue reading

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Health Care and Rights of Action

As the current health care reform debate takes increasingly religious and moral overtones, it’s likely we will hear asserted more and more that health care is a basic human right, which the government has an obligation to provide to its people.  However, whatever the utility of the kind of health care reform considered in Washington and discussed across town hall meetings across the country –and I think reasonable minds could differ on that– I hope we can dispose of what strikes me as a silly notion that health care is a right. Continue reading

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Interesting figures…

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

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In Search of the Reason

Everything happens for a reason.  Or, does it?  Could it instead be that everything is what you make it?  Or, are both of these sayings true?  If both, can both sayings be applicable in relation to the same situation?  Is one of these sayings more Continue reading

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