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That's a question that Eric MacDonald says theists cannot persuasively answer. Prompting his musings was the news that British broadcaster and naturalist David Attenborough - who now says he is an agnostic rather than an atheist - believes evolution is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2012 at Reweaving the Rainbow
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According to Rabbi Spero, the ancient Israelites were ahead of their time in their "ringing endorsement of capitalism as a moral endeavor." And in support of this seemingly anachronistic claim he cites Old Testament passages that praise hard work, prophets... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2012 at Reweaving the Rainbow
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That is a question that Cynthia Nixon's claim to be gay by choice has sparked anew. I don't claim to have any special scientific expertize on the matter, but there's an interesting debate on the subject at First Things. Stanton... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2012 at Reweaving the Rainbow
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That's what a number of a conservative Christians argue. And as exhibit A they cite the new HHS regulation requiring insurance companies to cover contraceptives, which some religious groups (including the Catholic Church) complain violates God's creative design for sexuality... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2012 at Reweaving the Rainbow
That's the question I had after watching Robert Wright interview atheist cosmologist Lawrence Krauss about his new book, A Universe from Nothing. Krauss's thesis is that scientists are now discovering how it is that the universe literally could have come... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2012 at Reweaving the Rainbow
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Many of them say no. According to Adam J. Copeland, writing in Christian Century (subscription required): Within the metro area of Fargo, North Dakota, and Moorhead, Minnesota, are scores of vital mainline churches. So why are 45,000 young adults—close to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2012 at Reweaving the Rainbow
Like most gay men I know, I never made a conscious choice to be gay. I just was. And to the extent choice was involved, mine was to deny I liked guys, date girls, and pray like hell for a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2012 at Reweaving the Rainbow
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Last week, inspired by Thomas B. Edsall’s series in the NYT, I put forward my take on what the fundamentalists get right. But what about religious liberals? What do they get right? Here are three suggestions: 1. Religious liberals see... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2012 at Reweaving the Rainbow
That's the question Sarah Sentilles explores in her review of the movie based on the popular novel: The plot revolves around a missing girl and the serial killer believed to have murdered her who uses the Bible like a handbook.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2012 at Reweaving the Rainbow
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One of the most frequent images of heaven in the New Testament is of a wedding feast, in which the marriage of Christ and his bride the church is consummated and celebrated (see, e.g., Matthew 22:1-14, Ephesians 5:21-32, Revelation 19-20). It's a warm and inviting image that speaks to our universal longing for joy, celebration, and even drama. But it also captures the sense in which the entire Christian faith is about restoring a relationship of reciprocal love between God and humanity and among human beings. Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2012 at Reweaving the Rainbow
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That's one question raised by today's NYT must-read article on why Apple stopped manufacturing products in the U.S. And the answer appears to be no. As one unnamed Apple executive quoted in the story put it (emphasis added): We sell... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2012 at Reweaving the Rainbow
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That's not quite what David Nef argues in Christianity Today, but close: The 150 evangelical leaders who met behind closed doors on January 14 to anoint a Republican candidate for President were wise not to have invited me. I believe... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2012 at Reweaving the Rainbow
Stanton L. Jones - a psychology professor at evangelical Wheaton College - cites scientific studies concluding that we are. He notes that gay activists blame the social stigma associated with homosexuality for this correlation, but counters: The correlation between social... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2012 at Reweaving the Rainbow
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No. Pastor Mark Driscoll is wrong. That's the problem with GOP presidential candidates. Well, one of them anyhow. Also, the lead pastor of my church is most definitely not a sissy boy. She's a woman of God who can preach... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2012 at Reweaving the Rainbow
Here's Stephen Colbert talking about his faith in a recent New York Times profile: I’m not bitter about what happened to me as a child [when his father and two brothers were killed in a plane crash], and my mother... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2012 at Reweaving the Rainbow
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Martin Luther King, Jr., didn't think so (via Andrew Sullivan): Don't let anybody make you think God chose America as his divine messianic force to be a sort of policeman of the whole world. God has a way of standing... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2012 at Reweaving the Rainbow
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You are if you pay federal income taxes. And if you haven't seen the tumblr devoted to the conservatives among us, check it out. It features dozens of photos of what appear to be decent people holding handwritten notes talking... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2012 at Reweaving the Rainbow
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That's the title of an op-ed in the New York Times by Kevin M. Kruse examining this remarkable claim made by Mitt Romney: When you have a president encouraging the idea of dividing America based on the 99 percent versus... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2012 at Reweaving the Rainbow
That's the fear of Rick Santorum and other traditionalists. It's enough to give even the most libertarian of us paws (sorry the pun). But it was Ellen Degeneris who first drew our attention to the unique practical challenges posed by... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2012 at Reweaving the Rainbow
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This made me to wonder what it is about fundamentalist Christianity that those of us on the so-called left side of the protestant-evangelical-catholic-orthodox spectrum of Christianity would praise. Here are my suggestions.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2012 at Reweaving the Rainbow
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There’s a reason gay men insult one another with derogatory terms like “nelly bottom” and “bitchy queen,” while there is no corresponding term of abuse for those who take the top or “male” role in gay sex. And that, perhaps, is one salutary effect of events like MAL, which give those who take the bottom or submissive role in sex a chance to disclose this fact about themselves openly and without shame. Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2012 at Reweaving the Rainbow
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Moses had become Jesus, and Jesus, Moses; and with their union the two aspects of the slaves’ religious question – collective deliverance as a people and redemption from their personal sufferings – had become one through the mediation of that imaginative power so beautifully manifested in the spirituals. Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2012 at Reweaving the Rainbow
It was she who presented me with my first religion, which was the religion of images, and they were given to me in Bible verses and in the songs we sang on the porch swing, summer nights: the sweet chariot coming to carry us home, the moon turning to blood, the angels sounding the trump so that all the dead would clap hands and arise, the thin veil of this world... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2012 at Reweaving the Rainbow
That's the controversial claim made in this smartly made video, which lots of religious folks don’t seem to like very much: I actually think Jefferson Bethke, the maker of the video, says a lot of things that need to be... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2012 at Reweaving the Rainbow
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Jan 14, 2012