I think one of the underlying themes that drives Christian revisionist history (the attempt by Christian conservatism to assert that the Founding Fathers were all Christians and founded America exclusively on explicitly Christian principles) is the belief that religion and morality are inseparable — that one’s religion determines one’s morality. The understanding, of course, is that Christianity is the only route to a valid ethical foundation, and that atheism or neutrality in religion necessarily entails a lack of any moral basis at best (and at worst requires inverting “Christian” morality so that evil is lauded and good condemned). More
January 13, 2013
October 3, 2011
The Bible talks about a worldwide flood;
Could the fossils be the proof we see?
If there really was a worldwide flood,
What would the evidence be?
Billions of dead things buried in rock layers laid down by water all over the earth….
Well there really was a worldwide flood;
Just look at the stony curse,
With billions of dead things buried in rock layers laid down by water all over the earth!
March 11, 2011
So we must move to face our enemies — and to each of us his own.
Perspectives change across the board, as the last among us knows.
And I am proud of what I’ve sacrificed and I am proud of what I’ve saved:
In commitment to a greater good, strength grows from splintered faith.
January 25, 2011
May 24, 2010
All my life, but most especially over this last year, I have been amazed to discover what incredibly wonderful parents God has blessed me with. Some very dear friends of mine, who appear to be members of perfectly “normal” conservative Christian families, battle every day with trauma and scars from their upbringing. And I’m not talking about children of “broken homes”. I’m talking about families who truly and earnestly seek to follow God’s direction in raising their children.
October 14, 2008
I randomly found this on some random person’s blog … and could not believe my ears. Please tell me that the people who believe or agree with this narrator are an endangered species, rapidly being replaced by rational thinkers and observers. More
May 7, 2008
Are we happy plastic people under shiny plastic steeples
With walls around our weakness and smiles that hide our pain?
But if the invitation’s open to every heart that has been broken,
Maybe then we’d close the curtain on our stained-glass masquerade.
— Casting Crowns, Stained Glass Masquerade More
November 19, 2007
When man began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of man were attractive. And they took as their wives any they chose. Then the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not abide in [or “contend with”] man forever, for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years.” The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown.
— Genesis 6:1-4, ESV More
August 4, 2007
One of my all-time favorite hymns is Be Thou My Vision, an Irish hymn dating back to somewhere in the 700s. I love it, not only for the simple beauty of the music, but because the words are at once profound in their theology and challenging in their message. Every verse is a strong reminder to put my focus on God, rather than on myself. More