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Review: This Present Darkness

This Present Darkess is a fun little book, but it’s a novel and not a book about theology. Indeed, if you think about the theology too hard it all kind of falls apart. Let’s do it anyway. The book, for those of you who haven’t read it (you should; it’s a good romp if a […]

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Review: The Hijacking of Jesus

The Hijacking of Jesus is a thin little book about how religion became a polarized political battle zone, and what to do about it. The book is a curious beast, though: it has a meandering style that belies the tour-of-the-countryside method of a magazine writer, which Wakefield is. This can work in a longer piece, […]

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The Shack

The Shack (Amazon Link) is this big little book that is really popular in Evangelical circles of late. Eugene Peterson compared its potential impact to Pilgrims Progress. My mom bought a copy and I read it. This entire entry is chock full of spoilers for The Shack, so you shouldn’t read it if you care […]

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The Paradox of Choice

From TED: (Via Daring Fireball.) Interesting talk that challenges the basic building blocks of, well, everything.

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Opinions and Arguments

Fighting Over The New Testament: So our little slanted, incomplete, biased, and selective theologies are the best we can do. Given how our theologies are formed, it’s a constant wonder to me that people are surprised and even angered when they meet someone whose ideas about God differ from their own. I’d be more surprised […]

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The Gospel of Health & Wealth Moves To Africa

The Gospel of Health & Wealth Moves To Africa: I once read that Christianity began as a religious movement in Judea, moved to Greece and became a philosophy, moved to Europe and became a feudalistic government, then came to America and became a business. (Via rlp’s blog.) I like that a lot. Sad, but true. […]

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Majority and Minority Rights

AlterNet: The Religious Right’s Crusade for ‘Decency’: Do you think Americans now, after the Moral Majority uprising, are ready for a more socially inclusive concept of decency?… I think so. I definitely think that’s a possibility. I think that Americans do have this vision of themselves as inclusive still. But I do worry that the […]

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Washington Post: Cervical Cancer Vaccine Gets Injected With a Social Issue

This is what bugs me about the Religious Right: they confuse prevention with condoning, because in their minds every single issue is a slippery slope toward eternal damnation. The basic argument here is that if we give preteens a shot that could prevent sexually-transmitted cancer, said preteens might be confused and think that we were […]

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On Discussions

(click for larger version) I miss these guys.

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Right wrong, Left confused, Josh Wrong.

My brother read God’s Politics, and failed to understand it. Not all of Jim’s ideas are great ideas. Not all of Josh’s ideas are great ideas. Not all of mine are (just most). But the greatest idea (which isn’t mine) is that despite all that, we can still talk. And on the stuff that we […]

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