Category Archives: Musings & Rants: Christianity

Papal Decree on Abortion Shows How Religion Hooks People By Inducing then Absolving Guilt

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Jon Stewart famously said, “Religion. It’s given people hope in a world torn apart by religion.” The painful irony of Stewart’s words is obvious to us all. What may be less obvious is the underlying pattern: Offering solutions to problems … Continue reading

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A Better Life, the Movie. Atheist Filmmaker Chris Johnson on His New Documentary

What if “no gods, no masters” is simply a starting point? In 2014, photographer and filmmaker Chris Johnson published A Better Life, a coffee table book that profiles atheists from around the world as they discuss the pursuits and relationships … Continue reading

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Sex, Slavery and the Black Body Count–An Interview with Theologian Kelly Brown Douglas

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“You rape our women and you’re taking over our country. And you have to go.” So said white supremacist Dylann Roof to black members of Emanuel AME Church in Charleston as he systematically executed nine, leaving one woman and a … Continue reading

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Churches Get Creepy Facial Recognition Software to Track Members

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If selling afterlife perks is your business, then getting people to believe, attend and give “voluntarily” is the whole game. Churches just got a new way to figure out who is sleeping in on Sunday morning: facial recognition software that … Continue reading

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Uncoupling: Why the Right Feels Threatened by Consent, Queers, Contraceptives, and Child Protection

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The conservative Christian obsession with sex and procreation can be traced back to a single Iron Age gender script. Stories of patriarchal Christian leaders groping, fondling, masturbating on or otherwise harassing or assaulting women—and having clandestine sex with men–seem to … Continue reading

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The God Debate

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On May 20 I participated in a four person debate about the existence of God at Western Washington University. On the ‘yes’ side were Mike Raschko and Mark Markuly from the School of Theology and Ministry at Seattle University. On … Continue reading

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In Defense of Cherry Picking the Bible

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People accuse each other of cherry picking sacred texts, as if the term was an insult. But for those seeking to honor the spiritual quest of our ancestors, including the Bible writers, that is precisely the right approach. No parent … Continue reading

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