What Kind Of Marriage Is A “Gift From God”?

David E. Smith from the Illinois Family Institute says, “Marriage was not created by man or governments.  It is an institution created by God. Governments merely recognize its nature and importance.” I don’t understand what he is referring to here.  If “marriage” is what was referred to in the Bible where some men had several wives, was…
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Does Evangelical Christianity Cause More Divorce?

That’s the question raised by a University of Iowa sociologist.  She found that the areas of the U.S. with the highest percentage of Evangelical Christians have the highest divorce rates.  Other studies I’ve seen show these areas also have the highest rates of spousal abuse. My academic field was one which crossed over into sociology…
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Christians Vs. Atheists In The Billboard Wars

In several large metro areas of the United States, atheists’ billboards have popped up.  Among the messages are ones like, “Don’t Believe in God? You are Not Alone”and “You Know its all a Myth.”  One location is just outside the Lincoln Tunnel.  Others have been put up in Bible Belt locations like Alabama and Texas. Churches have responded.  They…
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Christianity Is So, Well, Tribal

This is a critical thing to say.  But, for the most part, it fits today’s conservative wing of the Christian religion. To be tribal is to circle the wagons, make judgements about the other tribe and lob insults over the fence to them.  It is to believe that our tribe is good, the other tribe is bad.…
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The Bible As Theater

In my amature opinion, there are three general ways to read the Bible.  One is the “literal” way where it is viewed as written by God and there are no contradictions or inaccuracies.  Another is the traditional seminary way, that the Bible is read in the historical context of those times.  A third, and maybe not entirely different…
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