Tag: religion


May 22nd, 2011, 26 Comments

Today I was baptized and joined the Mennonite Church. I imagine this might surprise some of you for various reasons, so let me provide a bit of background. I’ve had a lot of people, both in person and in comments responding to my blog post, express surprise with statements I have made. The view of […]

Review: The Future of Faith by Harvey Cox

March 9th, 2010, 19 Comments

I know I’ve been on something of a religion streak on the blog of late, and this will be the last such post for awhile. I first hear of Harvey Cox’s book The Future of Faith during an excellent hour-long interview with NPR’s Diane Rehm. It was intriguing enough that I bought the Kindle edition […]

Is the Roman Emperor Still Your God?

February 19th, 2010, 27 Comments

In ancient Rome, the Imperial cult was the worship of the Roman emperor as a god. It came to be at roughly the same time as Christianity. In the cult of the emperor, Caesar was revered as a deity. According to Harvey Cox, “This was what we might today call a “civil religion” — it […]

Greek Mythology and the Old Testament

January 27th, 2010, 105 Comments

I have lately been reading Homer’s epic poems: first The Iliad, and now I am nearly done with The Odyssey. I figure there isn’t anyone alive today that believes that Zeus literally caused thunder in answer to a prayer, or that Athene really transformed Ulysses between having a youthful and an aged physical appearance at […]

Politics and the Church

November 2nd, 2008, 10 Comments

My church is one in which politics are checked at the door. Some church members wear their politics on their yard, or on their blog — and just about every opinion is represented in the church. But you rarely hear politics mentioned in church. When it is mentioned, it’s issue-oriented rather than candidate-oriented or policy-oriented […]

What Traditional Values Mean to Me

October 3rd, 2008, 21 Comments

A comment on Facebook yesterday got me thinking what American “traditional values” are all about. We hear it a lot, and I suspect it means something different to different people. Here’s what it means to me. It starts with an ethic fundamentally informed by the central tenets of Christianity — which are also excellent standards […]

A response to “7 Ways Religion is Detrimental to Science”

June 28th, 2008, 22 Comments

I read 7 Ways Religion is Detrimental to Science, and thought it would be an interesting read. It was, but I don’t think it really made sense. Let’s look at the 7 ways they highlighted: 1. Faith and the Scientific Method are Opposites The article states: Faith is a belief in an idea regardless of […]


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