Fanciful Thinking, The Basics

Last evening, my wife and I attended a wonderful local performance of Shakespear’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. It’s been in my head all day. With apologies to those who know more about Shakespear than I do, a big part of the story revolves around faries.  The actors gave a short presentation before the performance about Shakespear and the story.  One actor said superstition was a…
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The Old Stone Chapel

Big stone churches project a message:  “This building is permanent.  The ideas preached in the building must never change.  This place houses the AUTHORITY.” Worship has not always been in such buildings.  Before there were any such buildings, people probably worshiped where they lived. We hear that membership in these great buildings is falling. We don’t know if it will…
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Christian Morality And Killing Bin Laden

The current discussion of the killing of bin Laden is something of a laboratory for the observation of Christian and secular groups.  I’ve been looking in on both the Christian sites and those of atheists and humanists.   The Christian sites are full of discussion about  the theological implications and meaning of the killing.  There are a large number of…
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Fundamentalists And New Atheists Share Something.

A while back, Albert Mohler, Jr., President of the Southern Baptist Seminary, wrote an article about data which showed denominations with rigorous and demanding dogma are growing.  Liberal churches, usually without such demands, are getting smaller. His take on this is that people are attracted to faiths which make demands on them.  He sited other writers who agree with this…
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There Will Be Cows In Heaven!

I don’t find fault with ordinary folks who believe there is some kind of afterlife, but don’t claim to know what it is like.  If it gives people comfort that something is there,  why not believe it? Then, there is this fellow, Paul Enna, of the Southeastern Southern Baptist Theological Seminary–Tampa. He identifies himself as a Biblical scholar and claims to know…
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