Christian Orthodoxy? There’s A Lot Of It.

I read a refreshing piece today by Bill Leonard, Professor of Religious History, at the Wake Forrest Seminary. It was at the Associated Baptist News site. He referred to the on-going controversy about Rob Bell’s book, Love Wins. As I’ve mentioned here other times, the book has been lampooned by countless evangelical pendants because Bell does not…
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Economics Of Religion 101

Recently there was alarm exressed about wealthy benefactors within established religious denominations funding liberal versions of theology.  Conservative factions within these denominations expressed outrage that liberals would do such a thing.  Conservatives have done this as well.  The founder of Domino’s Pizza funded lots of conservative projects within the Catholic Church and now is trying to establish a conservative town and University.…
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If There Were No Afterlife, Would You Still Be A Christian?

I ask this question because I have never heard anyone else ask it.  To me this hypothetical question is at the heart of much controversy. On this site, and in many other contexts, it has been said that atheists are self centered and self abosorbed.  I understand this to mean that, because atheists are not focused…
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The End Is Near, The End Is Near

Let’s enjoy these brief moments between huge world class disasters to reflect on what they mean.  That is, we had the earthquake and tsumami in Japan but nothing that big for a few weeks.  During this time, there have been dozens of articles written by evangelists about the relationship of these events to the end of time.…
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Is It Ever OK To Ridicule A Religion?

Much has been made recently about the preacher who burned Korans.  And, of course, that was followed by the burning of some Bibles. It is acceptable only in certain contexts to be politically incorrect.  In the arts,  comedians regularly mock religious figures in the U. S.  There is a new play on Broadway by the South Park producers that…
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