The Problem With Religion

Religion is any human-centric or man-powered attempt to reconcile ourselves with God.  Religion has produced many beautiful buildings and is the source of some interesting cultural pageantry.  But religion (yes, even the Christian religion) is functionally useless, for it does not achieve the reconciliation or healing that mankind desires.  In fact, it proves to be … Continue reading The Problem With Religion


Political Coercion vs. Spiritual Transformation

Apparently there’s a pretty lively debate among Christians regarding the appropriate approach to criminalizing abortion.  One side will accept nothing less than complete prohibition, while the other side thinks it more realistic to attempt an incremental approach, gradually working through the legal system to put smaller prohibitions in place until a full ban is achieved.  … Continue reading Political Coercion vs. Spiritual Transformation

The Bible Is Not the Source of Truth

Truth is reality.  When our perception differs from reality, we are in error.  Sometimes we perceive a portion of reality which we extrapolate to describe the entirety of reality.  This is also an error.  See the story of the blind men and the elephant for an illustration. One of the greatest errors of Western Christianity, is … Continue reading The Bible Is Not the Source of Truth

Throwing Rotten Tomatoes at the Audience

There was a time when audience members would throw rotten tomatoes at lousy stage performers.  In Christianity, we sort of have a metaphorical reverse of that concept where the ones on the stage throw proverbial rotten tomatoes at members of the audience who dare challenge The Narrative. Question policy?  You’re a nuisance. Question methodology?  You’re … Continue reading Throwing Rotten Tomatoes at the Audience

A Method of Controlling the Masses

We rarely question why it is… that we’re all arranged in pews and looking [in] one direction, which renders us passive, muted spectators for the majority of the service wherein we’re becoming... experts in inspecting the neck of the person in front of us…  -Frank Viola1 The United States Marine Corps has been perfecting its … Continue reading A Method of Controlling the Masses

Thoughts on Eternal Punishment

The question of eternal punishment for the “unsaved” seems to keep popping up these days.  I’ve read several well-reasoned (as opposed to strictly emotional) articles over the last few days on this topic, one of which was Jim Gordon’s post on hell over at Done With Religion.  It was a thought-provoking article, and I really … Continue reading Thoughts on Eternal Punishment

Of Such is the Kingdom of Heaven

Jesus’ message is often rejected—not just by non-Christians, many of whom aren’t actually familiar with His true message, but by many Christians—the self-proclaimed religious elite of our day.  Jesus brought a message of freedom, forgiveness, kindness, reconciliation, and hope.  It sounds good, and if we all followed His simple principles of loving God to the … Continue reading Of Such is the Kingdom of Heaven

The Transcendent Significance of Human Sexuality

A weirdly self-contradicting fallacy which our culture clutches like a drunk clutches a half-empty bottle of booze is that sexual identity is paramount, yet sexual activity is itself, insignificant.  The popular narrative offers confusing justification for pursuing uninhibited sexuality:  “It’s just entertainment—so it’s ok.”  “You are defined by your chosen sexual identity—so it’s ok.”   … Continue reading The Transcendent Significance of Human Sexuality