Browsing All posts tagged under »Christianity«

Cal State vs. the Christians

April 3, 2016

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   A California institution of higher learning banned a religious group from campus because it would not allow non-Christians to serve on its board. An acquaintance got into an online debate about it and asked for comments. I replied: Christians slaughtered each other by the millions in Early Modern Europe, and many survivors escaped to […]

Coach God Lays Down the Law — a short story

January 31, 2016

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Okay, people, listen up! It’s early in the season, and I want to set out the rules. Follow them, and we’ll get along just fine and we’ll be a great team— HEY, YOU TWO IN THE CORNER!! I’m talking! If you’re not serious, we don’t need you here.  …That’s better. Okay, where’s the team captain? Mo? […]

Does It Matter to God?

October 16, 2014

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There’s a belief, widespread among the devout, that God will punish you if you don’t worship Him. This theme recurs in major religions: • Christianity: Worship God through Jesus or spend eternity skewered on a spit in Hell • Judaism: You’re the Chosen, but if you disregard God’s commands, there’s big trouble ahead • Islam: […]

Moral Crusade, Part 1

July 17, 2014

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In conversation, an acquaintance asserted flat out that Islam is a bad thing. The former soldier contended that Muslims yearn to conquer the world. “What they’re doing is evil. I don’t consider them human. I think they should all be eliminated.”  Well, uh… Another member of our little discussion group declared that the U.S. must […]

Why God Smiles — a short story

June 12, 2014

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If God is Love, then He must be smiling. All the time. No matter what fate befalls you, no matter what distress, God’s benevolent smile beams down upon you. If you are happy, God is smiling. At death’s door? Enraged by the caprices of God’s universe? Regardless, his sunlike radiance pours its warmth onto you. […]

The Doubter’s Search for Meaning

July 11, 2013

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A blogger writes: “I am obsessed with the meaning of life and in my search of truth I have not found much that is satisfying. . . . I feel that I’ve been chasing an invisible rabbit down a deep, deep hole. . . . We are all stuck in this same rat race of […]

God and the Type 5 Civilization

June 27, 2013

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I’m agnostic about gods. Maybe there is one (or many); maybe not. How should I know? I’m just one guy tootling along on Planet Earth. Perhaps there’s a being who has complete control over the universe, who can shape or destroy it at will, and who can interfere with events as needed. So far I […]

Agnostic Spirit, Part 2

March 18, 2013

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As an agnostic, I stand midway between atheists and religionists. Atheists tend to despise religions as superstitions, while religionists tend to despise atheists as godless evildoers. Each side wants to be polite to us agnostics, not because they respect us but because they hope to convert us. Regardless, agnostics are in the unenviable position of […]

Does God Believe in Herself?

September 22, 2012

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One of my blogging colleagues here at WordPress has written extensively about her quest to understand the nature of God and whether, in fact, God exists. Her words bespeak a sincere and open-hearted mind whose doubts perhaps give her some distress. In one essay, she asked readers to describe their views of God. My reply […]

Enemies or Allies?

September 10, 2012

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There are a lot of simmering conflicts out there: Catholics versus Protestants; capitalists versus socialists; East versus West; industrialized versus non-aligned; Muslim versus Christian; China versus the world. Everybody versus the Jews. And let’s not forget Black versus White, conservative versus liberal, the battle of the sexes, technology versus Old School. And, most crucial of […]

Legitimate Rape

August 22, 2012

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It’s unnerving when a modern politician seems to emerge from the Medieval mists to assert things that only the superstitious would believe. A president, for example, might declare that he is in direct receipt of instructions from God; a Congressional Representative might aver that a woman can’t get pregnant from rape. Representative Todd Akin (R-MO), […]

Thomas Kinkade, the Painter of Guilty Pleasures

April 8, 2012

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There are things we each enjoy that we can’t admit to — at least, not to our friends, who would deride us. I, for example, like such lowbrow things as Reader’s Digest, Hall & Oates music, Kentucky Fried Chicken, afternoon naps, anything chocolate, the Twilight saga, vanilla malts, and the occasional cheap cigar. Don’t assume […]

Let It Be

March 11, 2012

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Quotes to soothe the worrier, salve the workaholic, set straight the world changer — and give solace to the slackers among us: “Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: and yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like […]

The Red Dot — a short story

October 16, 2011

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You ask what happened to my green dot. Long story. I’ll make it short. As you’ll recall, after New York City got nuked by Iranian terrorists, the Dewener Christian Church erupted from a small West Coast congregation and took America by storm. Their rhetoric and sermons had an angry-optimistic appeal: angry about Muslims and godlessness, […]

Is Science an Enemy of God?

August 31, 2011

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Into that gaping cultural divide between liberals and conservatives is poured arguments about the Theory of Evolution. By and large, liberals are comfy with the theory but conservatives — especially those of an evangelical bent — are not. Religionists get queasy when science tells them humans evolved from earlier, “lower” creatures. Where’s the room for […]