Why was the Ham/Nye debate audience so white?

February 14, 2014

Elizabeth Dias, in her Time magazine piece about the Ham/Nye debate, What You Missed While Not Watching the Bill Nye and Ken Ham Creation Debate, made the following observation: 2 minutes. Nye, in his signature bowtie, and Ham, with his Aussie accent, hop on stage, shake hands, and ready themselves behind their respective Apple laptops […]

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Twittering with Young Earth Creationists

February 10, 2014

@CoolingTwilight # Do you believe in evolution? #thereisabook that will tell you about Jesus. And then you can keep believing in evolution.

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Me and Mr. Ham

January 11, 2014

I recently caused a bit of a dustup with my Patheos post about Ken Ham: “Creationist Ken Ham versus the Truth.”

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Christianity, Homosexuality and 1 Corinthians 6.9-10

January 6, 2014

1 Corinthians 6.9-10 is often cited as the final word on the Christian understanding of homosexuality. It’s trotted out as definitive proof that not only is homosexuality inherently sinful, but also that homosexuals cannot be Christians. But it’s crucial to read these verses in their wider context and to carefully consider what Paul is and […]

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Adding to the Bible: Reflections on 1 John 5:7-8

December 9, 2013

The King James Version of 1 John 5:7-8 reads: For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. Nowhere […]

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Recent posts elsewhere

December 5, 2013

Over on Patheos, I reviewed John Andrew Morrow’s “The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World.” It’s an interesting book about the textual basis for a peaceful and inclusive form of Islam. My review generated a lengthy discussion in the comments section with someone who’s passionate in his anti-Islamic beliefs. This […]

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Does Jesus want you to shop at Radio Shack?

November 26, 2013

My latest piece on Patheos: The American Family Association wants Christians to boycott Radio Shack. But WWJD?  

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Meting out help for helpmeet

November 21, 2013

This badly misguided comment crossed my computer monitor yesterday: “GOD made women to be a helpmeet for Man, the Bible says. What is a Help Meet. It is a Proper assistant – A Second in command.” Helpmeet isn’t a real word — or at least it shouldn’t be a real word. It’s essentially a mistake, […]

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Putting Words in Paul’s Mouth: “Women: Shut Up!”

November 18, 2013

1 Corinthians 14.34-35 reads: Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the law says. If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church. Here Paul […]

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Purgatory at Patheos

November 18, 2013

I’ve been posting a bit more frequently over at the Unfundamentalist Christians Patheos Blog. Most of my posts there are also cross-posted here, but my latest piece on Purgatory: Why would Catholics and Protestants argue over this? is only on Patheos. So…head on over there and check it out!

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