Regarding Charleston: Let’s All Stop Praying for a While

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I’m certain you’ve heard the news by now. Nine Black people were murdered last night at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) church in Charleston, South Carolina. The gunman, a White man, reportedly attended Bible study and prayed with his victims before launching into a tirade about how Black people are “taking over the country” and “raping white women.” He opened fire on the congregants, killing most of those in attendance, including the Rev. Senator Clementa Pinckney. I’ve mostly been...

I Am Now A Blogger For The Huffington Post

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Dear Friends-- I am very proud to share that I am now a blogger for the Huffington Post's religion section. My first article is a rewrite of my piece about systemic evil and its relationship to the current outcry for justice in Baltimore. I'd love it if you'd read and share this piece along with my future Huffington Post pieces. I want to share how grateful I am for the support and attention that you've given to my writing over the years. I'm closing an unplanned time of semi-hiatus, which...

We Need A Different Way of Understanding Evil

Good versus evil
I lead a religion book club that has been very enthusiastically reading The Origin of Satan: How Christians Demonized Jews, Pagans, and Heretics, by Princeton professor Elaine Pagels. Using what she calls "a social history of Satan," Dr. Pagels explains how gospel authors intensified "the satan's" relatively benign Hebrew Bible character to create the being of mythology known today by many as The Devil. Pagels demonstrates with numerous examples the varying degrees to which the satan/Satan f...