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About Jon Lindgren

I am a former President of the Red River Freethinkers in Fargo, ND, a retired NDSU economics professor and was Mayor of Fargo for 16 years. There is more about me at

Jesus Might be Mad at You Gay Haters.

Perhaps this blog should be renamed, “Having fun with the scriptures.”  It never ceases to fascinate the many things people find in the scriptures, and contradictory claims as to what is meant and the insults cast upon those who disagree. The link is written by … Continue reading

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Now, “Superstition Free TV”.

There is no way to know the long-term outcome of religion versus no religion, but there can be no doubt the no religion side is more aggressive and hungry for success than it has been since the 1700′s. The newest enterprise … Continue reading

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Does the Scripture Favor Israel Unconditionally?

Do you have strong feelings about which side is right in the controversy between Israel and those with whom it is fighting? Most of us come to know it as a lifelong war among factions we do not understand mostly.  … Continue reading

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Summary of the Argument Between Secular and Faith Scholars.

In debates about what the Bible says or means, there is always an elephant in the room.  The elephant is whether the person making judgments believes there is a god, whether or not the Bible is the word of the god and … Continue reading

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Church Planting in the Suburbs is Too Late.

Because my field is local politics and economics, I tend to see things through such eyes. When I first became interested in local government, there was a concern few were discussing.  It went against all conventional wisdom. The problem was … Continue reading

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Other Advanced Societies Paralleled the Jews.

This month’s National Geographic has it usual stunning pictures, but also an article about an ancient and prosperous society around 2,500 BCE.  It was not in the Middle East, but on Scotland’s remote Orkney Islands. The artifacts pictured are of buildings … Continue reading

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Is Doubt About the Bible Growing?

According to a recent poll, only 16% of young adults in the U. S. consider the Bible to be the authoritative word of God.  That number has been steadily declining. Large chunks of the evangelical community are now reassessing the … Continue reading

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The Jewish Faith Needs Numbers Too.

About half of the U. S. Jewish people marry outside the faith.  Marrying outside the faith has been a controversial issue among Jews and part of the decline in Jewish numbers is attributed to this practice. The Jewish faith traditionally has … Continue reading

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Is the Anti Gay Branch of Christianity a Counterfit Faith?

It is refreshing to see a Protestant Pastor and academic come to his senses over the gay issue.  The link author formerly was opposed to equality for gays but has changed his mind. In changing his mind, he did what … Continue reading

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Critical Review of Bart Ehrman.

The link is a review of Bart Ehrman’s most recent book, How Jesus Became God.  The reviewer, a New Testament scholar like Ehrman, correctly summarizes Ehrman’s case.  That is Jesus, a relatively unimportant itinerate Jewish preacher, became a god after his death.  … Continue reading

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