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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 Wikipedia.com.

Economics and Religion: Why There is Mary.

There is one aspect of religion that reappears over and over again. It is that the people in the pews write the sermon from the pulpit.  This happens because people join and donate to the churches which have sermons they like. Churches with unpopular … Continue reading

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Finally, the Truth About God.

We all enjoy a writer we agree with.  I’m especially happy when the writer takes the same contrary-to-conventional-wisdom I have written about.  In this case, I’ve written about it countless times. The link is a review of a book, Our Great Big American … Continue reading

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Semi Literalists are the New Norm.

Semi literalists, those who believe some of the Bible must be taken literally and some of it not, seem to have gained the upper hand in my lifetime. Though they represent progress from literalism, I don’t see how they will be able to stand … Continue reading

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“Fear is the mother of all Gods.”

This quote is attributed to Titus Lucretius Carus in 60 BCE. I recall the first time I ever heard of a relationship between fear/uncertainty and religion.  An economics professor explained religion has flourished more in rural areas than urban.  This is because, he said, there … Continue reading

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Is There “Circumstantial Evidence” Jesus Came Back to Life?

One of our readers made the argument recently there is “circumstantial evidence” that make a convincing case for the historical accuracy of Bible stories.  Circumstantial evidence is different from direct evidence.  Direct evidence would be someone observing a murder first … Continue reading

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The Newest Lesbian Christian Music Star.

I have no idea who this Christian radio singer is, but (a.) she is apparently popular and (b.) she has announced she has same sex attractions.  This is a big topic on Christian websites this weekend. One blogger who was involved in the … Continue reading

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We Fight Abortions More Than Deadly Diseases.

How could a routine surgical procedure, abortion, become the political focal point of millions of people when preventable deaths of children and adults takes place all around us? Some believe it is skillfully keeping pictures of fetuses and babies in front of us.  Maybe it is … Continue reading

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Change the Seminaries and the Pulpit Will Follow.

I remember blogging a couple of years ago about a piece written, as I recall, by a Princeton Theology Professor.  The gist of his piece was that congregations are no longer merely consumers of theology, they are as likely producers of it.  That … Continue reading

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The Worst Things Preachers Do? Tell Their Flocks God Answers Their Prayers.

I think it is downright cruel to tell someone their god answers prayers without any evidence it is true. We all know the faithful’s drill.  Someone had an incurable disease with no chance to live.  People prayed.  The person recovered. Did … Continue reading

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Liberal Denominations See Their Decline Differently.

I have a better impression of liberal denominations than of conservative ones.  In general, they take the Bible less literally, some regard none of it as historical.  Also, I see liberal denominations not taking themselves as seriously as more conservative branches. … Continue reading

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