The Christian Religion’s Shifting Sands

When discussing various “sins”,  I like to use the metaphone of the Leader Board in golf.  Golfers with lower scores do not make the Leader Board. In my lifetime, several sins that were on the sin Leader Board have slipped off, working in the farm fields on Sunday, playing cards, dancing and alcohol.  These perfectly good sins…
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Atheists And Christians Have Different Senses Of Community

What is it that makes a person part of what we call “community”?  Here I’m using the word as it applies to an area.  Wherever people live, there are individuals who take ownership of and feel connected to that community.    What is it that they do? The simplest thing is picking up a piece of trash…
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Don’t Believe In Hell? You’re Fired!

I can’t remember ever believing in the concepts of heaven and hell.  So it is hard to understand the enthusiasm some folks have for the idea that others are going to hell.  They so love this notion of hell for others that they cannot tolerate suggestions that hell might not exist, or, that those they dislike might not go there.  This…
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The Old Rule On Race: Separate But Equal. Too Liberal For Anti-Gay Politics

I’ve referred often here to Albert Mohler, the President of the Southern Baptist Seminary.  While he is regarded by some as an intellectual, I sometimes find his political and religious views so primative it is chilling. During the last few decades of segregation, the segregationists argued that separate but equal was “fair”. They had come to realize that equal…
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What’s Your Religious Take On Japan?

From what I’ve read, these are heady times for people who insert religious meanings into ordinary events.  By ordinary events, I mean earthquakes and the resulting tsunami.  The nuclear meltdown is pretty ordinary too in that it has happened a few times before. The end-of-times preachers have been doing well.  They’ve been predicting the end for a long time…
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