Category Archives: Musings & Rants: Christianity

Six Hints that Baby Jesus Stories were Late Additions to Early Christian Lore

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The wonder-filled birth story of the baby Jesus was centuries in the making. Picture a creche with baby Jesus in a manger and shepherds and angels and three kings and a star over the stable roof. We think of this … Continue reading

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What the Nativity Story Would Sound Like with Free and Full Female Consent

In the gospel stories, Mary the mother of Jesus is a humble, devout young woman of her time–which means she has little choice in the matter. Set aside for a moment any debate about whether the Nativity stories in the … Continue reading

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Why I’m Grateful to be a Former Evangelical

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People who leave Evangelical Christianity often carry scars, either from their time in the walled community of believers or from their struggle to break free. Getting God’s self-appointed messengers out of your head can be the work of a lifetime, … Continue reading

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Bible Stories Fit Common Patterns of Magic and Wizardry

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Part 3 of a 7-Part Series – Why People Believe in Miracles and Other Kinds of Magic One person’s religion is another person’s magic and vice versa. — Unknown (Read Part 2 here.) The Bible is full of magic. In … Continue reading

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From Your Mouth to God’s Ear—How We Jump from Wishing to Believing

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Part 2 of a 7-Part Series – Why People Believe in Miracles and Other Kinds of Magic Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. –Arthur C. Clarke (Read Part 1 here.) Human beings have told stories about miracles and … Continue reading

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Miracles are Magic by Another Name

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Part 1 of a 7-Part Series — Why People Believe in Miracles and Other Kinds of Magic If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, we have at least to consider the possibility that we have a … Continue reading

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Owned: Slaves, Women, Children and Livestock

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Now available here in audio!  “Owned:  Slaves, Women, Children and Livestock,” by Valerie Tarico, is excerpted from the upcoming audio-book Women v. Religion, ed. Karen Garst. The whole book is awesome, and you can get a print or kindle version … Continue reading

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