Category Archives: Musings & Rants: Christianity

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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Wary Christians Flee Nevada Church After Yoga “Miracle”

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If yoga helps a Christian man to walk for the first time in thirty-three years, does his newfound strength come from God or the Devil? That is the question tearing apart an Evangelical church in Las Vegas. In the New … Continue reading

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Can Evangelical Christianity Be Saved? An Interview with Rachel Held Evans

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Rachel Held Evans has been called “the most polarizing woman in Evangelicalism.” She is a New York Times bestselling author of three books and a popular blog in which she wrestles honestly with the cruelties and contradictions in her Christian … Continue reading

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Controversial Recovering From Religion Hotline a Hot Commodity

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During its first month, the Recovery from Religion Hotline was swamped with calls. An interview with Sarah Morehead, who spearheaded the effort. Americans are leaving their religions at a faster rate than ever before, and that means more are looking … Continue reading

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How Did Jesus Get to be So Hot? Where Popular Images of Jesus Actually Came From

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En Español. Lyrics for the rap song, B.I.B.L.E. (Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth), include the following line: The white image, of Christ, is really Cesare Borgia. The idea that our modern image of Jesus could be based on a ruthless … Continue reading

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Nine “Facts” You Know For Sure About Jesus That Are Probably Wrong

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Jesus has been described as the best known figure in history, and also the least known. If you mentioned the name “Jesus” and someone asked Jesus who?, you might blink. Or laugh. Even people who don’t think Jesus was God, … Continue reading

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