Category Archives: Musings & Rants: Christianity

The ‘ethics’ of the Catholic bishops? Freud had a name for that: Reaction formation.

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As Pennsylvania investigators worked to confirm up to 1000 cases of sexual abuse committed by Catholic priests, a panel of Catholic ethicist-theologians appointed by the bishops was also hard at work.   Like the Pennsylvania team, the panel serving the bishops sought to … Continue reading

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When Religious Teachings Become Immoral

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Religious teachings that once made sense sometimes become harmful under changing conditions. That can put believers in the awkward position of defending practices—either historical or current—that are now widely perceived to be questionable or even immoral. The Abrahamic religions–Judaism, Christianity … Continue reading

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Why is the Bible So Badly Written?

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Many passages in the Bible would get kicked back by any competent editor or writing professor, kicked back with a lot of red ink—often, in fact, more red than black. Continue reading

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Alabama Conservatives are Right: Roy Moore’s Behavior is Perfectly Biblical

When it comes to relationships between woman and men, the contents of the Bible confront modern Jews and Christians with a difficult choice. Conservative Christians often proclaim that the Quran encourages marriage and molestation of girls who are too young … Continue reading

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The Bible Story and Ancient Sexual Script Behind the Handmaid’s Tale

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At the heart of Hulu’s series and Atwood’s book lies an ancient story about two slave women. If The Handmaid’s Tale offers any sign, Margaret Atwood has read more of her Bible than many Christians. Superficially, Atwood’s dystopian novel is littered with … Continue reading

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Fabricating Jesus — An Interview with Former Minister David Chumney

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How the gospel stories in the New Testament came to be. David Chumney spent almost three decades as an ordained Presbyterian minister before quietly exiting the ministry and Christianity itself. He now describes himself as agnostic, but his exodus from … Continue reading

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Evidence About Jesus is Weaker than You Might Think

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Most people would be shocked to learn how little is actually known about Jesus. Note: This story was co-authored with David Fitzgerald, author of “Jesus: Mything in Action.” Before the European Enlightenment, virtually all New Testament experts assumed that handed-down … Continue reading

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