Let’s talk about criticism. For starters, let’s understand what criticism really is. To criticize something or to critique it, implies that you are examining an argument or a writing or a performance of some sort, and trying to determine its accuracy or its worthiness. While there are nuanced connotative differences between the words criticize and … Continue reading Above Criticism?
My last few posts were a tongue-in-cheek look at the dogmatic, formulaic views of salvation by a few of the more popular Christian denominations. I imagine that most folks who hold any of those particular views would be irate at the lampooning of their views, but would chuckle at the depictions of the others. I … Continue reading There Is No Formula!
What John (the gospel writer) called the logos went far beyond the word “word” as we casually understand it today. John’s understanding of logos was probably influenced by Aristotle who used logos to refer to a logical, apprehensible truth. In Jesus, John got a glimpse of God’s intent distilled into being and made alive before human eyes. “The Word was made flesh and lived among us, and we beheld his glory.”
When our religion is characterized by a one-way flow of ideas and psychological manipulation designed to produce unquestioning compliance, then it’s time to start asking what the manipulators are hiding, and it’s time to start looking for a better way.
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
Over the centuries, Christians have taken the bible and elevated it to the status of God Himself. Instead of using it as pieces of evidence—as pieces of the puzzle that help us see key parts of the infinite picture of God and the finite but incredibly complex picture of we humans, they frequently use it … Continue reading A Clearer View of the Bible
I hate hashtags. I’m pretty sure that they are little, digital pieces of lunacy that the devil sprinkled into the Ethernet when no one was looking. Originally used to tag messages and pictures to make them easy to find when searching for a specific topic, they quickly evolved into a way to express humor, disapproval, or … Continue reading Hashtags of the 20th Century
To read this series from the beginning, start here: Part I Part II Part III Part IV Part V This last post of the series has been the most difficult to write. That may be because, despite the fact that I’ve gleaned so much from studying this issue, I realize more than ever how much I … Continue reading Is the Bible the Word of God – Part VI: Conclusion
Part I Part II Part III Part IV My experience is that the vast majority of Evangelical Christians will tell you that they would stake their life on the belief that the Bible is the Word of God, but very few could present a cogent argument to support their claim. Over the years, I’ve had … Continue reading Is the Bible the Word of God? – Part V: Difficulties
Part I: Overview Part II: The Rationale Part III: Examining the Rationale Evangelicals almost universally believe in the inerrancy of the Bible, claiming that it is the verbally inspired (directly authored) Word of God, complete and fully authoritative—the believer’s sole authority for faith and practice. When some of the implications of this doctrine did not … Continue reading Is the Bible the Word of God? – Part IV: Examining the Rationale (Continued)