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 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
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
A hammer to the thumb or a thumb in the eye, wrong is always bound to happen. Wrong is a normal way of life. Perhaps things going wrong in life is one of the most “normal” things. Have you ever known anyone who Continue reading
A reader of The Discursionists has composed an account of his conversion from Evangelical Christianity to Buddhism. To read all about it, click “keep reading.” Continue reading