“Doubt Is A Sacred Space” — An excerpt from my book…

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Two very memorable articles about the changing demographics of our churches have been published recently. The first very memorable article was on CNN’s website. The headline read rather ominously, “Millennials leaving church in droves,” (millenials, of course, being those born between 1981 and 1997). The second very memorable article was published by The Daily Beast, and the headline said, “Half of Atheist Kids Wind Up Believing”. Believing in what? Well, in something greater than themselv...
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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...
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We Need A Different Way of Understanding Evil

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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...
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