Category Religion

Blame the Evangelicals?

Per the Daily Beast: The moral corruption apparent in the largest segment of American Protestantism began in the ’80s when Jerry Falwell Sr.’s Moral Majority and Ralph Reed’s Christian Coalition started to cozy up to politicians with a conservative social and economic agenda. It’s precisely at that moment when pollsters began to record a retreat […]

OK guys, time to start casting stones

Paige Patterson, formerly a big wheel among the Southern Baptists, was fired from his job as a seminary Dean for having pressured a student to not bring forward rape charges against a classmate. What Patterson did was very bad but in the rush to destroy his reputation people have dug up an old video of […]

Inherit eternal life (or quit when ahead)

The young man approaches Jesus and asks, “Good master, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” And we all know what Jesus says: “Go sell everything you have and give to the poor, then you will have external life”. Right? No. Of course not. Jesus said no such thing. Why is it that people […]

Repost: thoughts on faith

Happy Easter, below is an old post. Rational arguments exert force on the human mind. The mind must assent to a logical line of thought once the premises are accepted. If you understand what ‘2’ means, you must agree that twice two is four. Faith, however, is not the conclusion of a rational argument. There […]

The epistemological problem

In my last post I asked whether Jesus intended to found the church, and I answered yes, given the appointment of the Apostles and the foundation of the Eucharist. This brings up the epistemological problem: the only witness we have to Jesus founding the church is the church itself, so how do we know the […]

Did Jesus Intend the Church?

A couple of weeks ago I looked at Jesus’ career through the lens of a prophet and found it made a lot of sense. Jesus’ career was not only preaching conversion but also preforming prophetic acts such as throwing the money changers out of the Temple, faith healing, and even it seems his acquiescence to […]

The men who wrote the Gospels

A bias we have approaching the Gospels is that we think they were written by simpletons, because: They are short and we are used to smart people writing big thick books. We suppose that since the some of the Apostles were workmen they were uneducated. We figure that all of Jesus’ disciples fit that mold. […]