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A Master Class on Being Human | Brad Braxton and Anthony Pinn

In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, threats to our democracy, and national protests for racial justice, Black Christian Brad Braxton and Black secular humanist Anthony Pinn exchanged a thousand words a week, each to the other, exploring the philosophical and theological questions of what it means to be human. The result was a book titled ‘A Master Class on Being Human.’

Posted inReligion

Defining toxic theology

Reading Time: 5 minutes The first time I heard the term “bad theology” was in graduate school after a debate with a very conservative professor. It was at Fordham University in the Pastoral Care and Counseling program, and the professor was a Catholic priest, as were many faculty members in the Religious Studies department at Fordham.  I had written […]

Posted inReligion

Why is God male?

Reading Time: 4 minutes Conservative theologians sputter with rage at the notion of using female or non-gendered pronouns to refer to God, but they have no rational explanation for why this offends them so deeply.

Posted inReligion

Imaginary gods

Reading Time: 2 minutes My grandson named his dog Anubis after the ancient Egyptian canine deity that is either a jackal or a dog. Those long-ago Egyptians worshiped about 2,000 different gods of every variety, some part animal and part human. The holies were served by an army of priests in lavish temples. The Egyptian priesthood held enormous wealth. […]

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Sermongate: The Seriously Misplaced Priorities of the Evangelical Old Guard

Reading Time: 9 minutes In the various reactions to this mini-scandal that we’ve seen, possibly the worst hot takes of all come from his political enemies in evangelicalism: the Old Guard, whose members work to make the SBC even more regressive, racist, misogynistic, and cruel than it already is. Indeed, their reaction to Sermongate reveals a seriously misplaced set of priorities. Today, let’s check out their reaction — and see how they destroy their own claims to possessing a superior set of morals and ethics over all other flavors of Christianity.

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Many, Many, Many Gods

Reading Time: 3 minutes By Jim Haught “Man is certainly stark mad; he cannot make a worm, yet he will make gods by the dozen.” — Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), creator of the essay. But Montaigne spoke too modestly. Instead of dozens, the human imagination has created thousands – even tens of thousands – of gods. Hinduism’s ancient Sanskrit […]

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