• April 17, 2009
If theology is the study of God or gods and how God or gods relate to the world, then the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster represents a response to 21st century theology–literally, God can be anything, and is a fun look at what is a deadly serious subject amongst believers and theologians. Begun by Bobby Henderson, a Oregon State University physics graduate in response to the decision of the Kansas State Board of Education to require the teaching intelligent design as an alternative to the teaching of evolution in Kansas public schools, when it seemed that an ambiguous "intelligent designer" left a door open to any deity whatsoever. Henderson's God is a being that resembles spaghetti and meatballs, and the church's followers are called "Pasafarians."
• April 13, 2009
This article might be offensive to some who consider themselves conservative Christian, but after a year in close quarters with some conservative Christians I used to go to church with on my Facebook, these questions seem to me not to have any ready answers from the people who consider themselves to be Christian. I have asked these questions of the Christians I know, and have been met for the most part with derision and downright hostility, even though I meant no harm when I asked them. So now I am appealing to you, the audience of our God Discussion, to answer these questions for me. Some of them are partially political in nature. Some of them are wholly religious. But all of them are important questions to me, and the lack of a good answer is one reason I am not a conservative Christian any longer. And no, neither am I an atheist. By 'conservative Christian' I mean evangelical Christians, conservative Catholics, conservative Methodists, Pentecostals, and charismatic Christians.
• April 11, 2009
Do you remember when you first really understood the crucifixion story, in all its gory details? You know, beyond Easter baskets and cute
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• April 4, 2009
I was afraid to eat. I was afraid to sleep. I was afraid to be awake. I was afraid to breathe. The fact that God was dead was inconceivable and horrible. Any second, we'd be engulfed in the flames of hell, screaming for eternity with no one to help. Hope had died with the Father. But something new arose: Discernment.
• March 28, 2009
One of my big pet peeves is when people wear their religion on their sleeves, making a public showing of how religious they are. We'll be treated to this spectacle once again on May 7 … and while the folks are out showing the world how pious they are, others are having a good time and letting their computers do the praying for them.
• March 21, 2009
If you want to deceive someone, appeal to his emotional beliefs, such as his religious beliefs. Discover the ultimate deception … Project Blue Beam. Will you conform or run for the hills?
• March 17, 2009
How many self-professed Christians have actually read the Bible, what they consider to be the Word of God, from cover to cover? I'm not alone in thinking that every single one of them must read this book.
• March 14, 2009
Back in 1988, I experienced firsthand what it was like to be surrounded by religious zealots who were damning me to eternal hell. With church attendance falling throughout the nation, progressive churches should embrace the free thinkers and skeptics if they want their religions to be more relevant.
• March 7, 2009
One of my friends passes out whenever she hears the song, "Onward, Christian Soldiers." Maybe she's onto something.
• February 28, 2009
Imagine this. Two sisters really, really want kids. They don't have access to a fertility clinic that might enable them to have eight babies in one shot. No. They take turns getting their dad trashed and while he's sleeping off his booze, they rape him and each get pregnant.
• February 21, 2009
Armed with our Internet connections, we're watching history repeat itself. And many of us are participating in the debate, using YouTube, Digg and of course, blogs like this one. What I'm talking about is a reincarnation of the Age of Reason — or the Age of Enlightenment — and unlike its past life where ideas trickled down to the 'common folk' mostly by word of mouth, people from all walks of life are weighing in with almost instantaneous speed.