Great News: A book is coming!

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If you've followed my writing at all over the past five years, then you're probably aware that I started this blog with a desire to cultivate an open journal about my relatively unique spiritual journey as a liberal Christian. Over time, I've written quite a bit here, including the popular series that I wrote about (the nonexistence of) hell back in 2010, the innumerable reflections about seminary life which I published here between 2011 and 2014, and a few occasional reflections thereafter abou...

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...

Unchanging steel vs. malleable clay: Thoughts on how we interpret the Bible

malleable clay
I came across an interesting article today by blogger Andrew Sullivan titled "The Trouble With Religion". In it, he quotes a New York Magazine interview of Dr. Reza Aslan-- a Muslim, religion scholar and the author of two best-sellers, including the explosively controversial Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. Dr. Aslan has been commenting fairly often in recent days on the now famous (or infamous?) exchange involving Bill Maher, author Sam Harris and actor Ben Affleck. For those o...