Monthly Archives: January 2009

Atheist Arrogance – Beneath the Stereotype, Things Get Complicated

January 29,  is the birthday of Thomas Paine.  Paine named this country the United States of America.  And yet, even 100 years after his death, Theodore Roosevelt once referred to him as a “filthy little atheist.”  With a man in … Continue reading

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Beyond the Rick Warren Controversy: Two Questions about Love and Justice

Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life and founder of one of the country’s most successful mega-churches was chosen to give the invocation at the Obama inauguration for the same reason Sarah Palin was chosen as McCain’s running mate: … Continue reading

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Sex Sells – Even in Church

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This weekend’s NYT Magazine featured a piece by Molly Worthen about Seattle megachurch Mars Hill: “Who Would Jesus Smack Down?”.  The article, like the church itself, leads with titillation.  And as in the church itself, the titillation is an opener … Continue reading

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Raising Good Kids without Gods – The Wisdom Commons

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As parents, we want our children to be happy. We want them to achieve great things. But we also want them to be good people. We want to be as proud of their kindness, generosity and integrity as we are … Continue reading

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Ancient Mythic Origins of the Christmas Story

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Valerie Tarico interviews Dr. Tony Nugent, scholar of world religions. Dr. Nugent is a symbologist, an expert in ancient symbols. He taught at Seattle University for fifteen years in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies and is an ordained … Continue reading

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