From A Freshman Course In The New Testament

When reading the Bible, one thing is undeniable.  Its writing was always aimed at a specific audience of that time with a specific goal in mind.  It was not written for you and me. This is not my own individual notion.  I got it from an American Baptist minister friend.  Now, I see almost the exact description used by a Professor…
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Republicans, Keep Praying. Democrats, Stay Secular.

I like the constant drumbeat of religion that comes from the Republican party.  Its platform includes powerful negative judgements on gay voters and on women who want abortions. While the Democratic Party Convention will have some “prayin”, my hope it will come off looking secular.  That way, voters will have a choice, a party promoting its version…
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Christians Who Believe They Are Put Upon.

We skeptics have our grievances.  If we ran for office few would vote for us, polls indicate.  We are viewed as being untrustworthy and without moral standards. In truth, we have it pretty good.  Most of us in the Western World live in countries where we can reveal our lack of belief and not be jailed…
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On Faith And Hallucinogenic Substances.

I happened to read two articles this weekend that had an unintended relationship.  One in the New Yorker was by a doctor who experimented with drugs for a few years, then quit.  He wrote in detail about what appeared in front of him while under the influence.  Images and people appeared having detailed conversations.  It required considerable effort…
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Let’s Go Over These Rules On Sin.

We all know some things are prohibited by the Bible. You shalt not lie, kill or steal and must keep the Sabbath holy.  Yet, violating these rules is not always sin. We would say it was not a sin to kill someone if the greater good was served by doing so.  What if you told a lie in order…
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