"Well, here's one easy tip: if it's a claim that genocide is okay, it's not from God.
God is love. God is merciful and just and good. If something is not loving and merciful and just and good--like, say, genocide--it's…"
"No. Sending the vast majority of humanity will be consigned to an eternity of conscious torment for not professing the right set of beliefs is neither decent nor loving, and worshiping a God who would do such a thing is not decent or…"
"I don't think taxes suck.
Sales taxes are regressive, meaning that the poor end up paying a much higher percentage of their income in them than the wealthy (because, of course, the less income you have, the more actually ends up going to…"
"Well, to be fair, hell wasn't really a central theme or even a broadly accepted idea for the first few hundred years of Christian history. Universalism/universal reconciliation has always been a part of Christianity, more popular during…"
"Doing what God does: luring us toward the good, working in and through and with us to bring about love and justice. And we (all of us, atheist, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, whatever) do what we do: we sometimes cooperate but often resist.
"What about it? The crucifixion of Christ shows that, in the world, power always wins. But, the resurrection is the hope that love wins. Power can and will do its worst, but the God of love and justice gets the last word.…"
"God didn't claim to do those things. The human authors of the Bible claim that God did those things, and if you know anything about the culture of the time, that makes perfect sense; they lived in a time of tribal gods, and Yahweh, many…"
"People do not protest enough. We should be having, like, general strikes all across the country; workers should not be taking their company's heads making 200 times what the average worker makes. They should be refusing to work until…"
"Just wanted to add, as a Christian: I'm appalled by Vertigo One's answers here, and I'm really saddened to think how many people are getting a skewed, evil view of God and of Christianity because of what he's saying. The…"
"If it were true that aborted fetuses went to heaven automatically, whereas born persons had to confess a specific set of beliefs about Jesus in order to avoid an eternity of conscious torment, I'd totally agree. The flip side, of course,…"
"Exactly. The issue isn't where the CEO of CfA puts his personal income; it's where charitable donations made in the name of the company, from the company's profits, go.
And, a good chunk of that goes to anti-gay causes, which…"
"I'd highly recommend reading Marcus Borg's The Heart of Christianity for what might be a more palatable explanation of the Christian faith for you.
Because, Christianity is an umbrella term covering lots and lots of different theologies.…"
"My understanding is that a statistic about how few rapes result in pregnancy, that has made the rounds in anti-legal abortion circles for a while, comes from a valid study done by reputable doctors. However, they were looking at the efficacy…"
"I've heard this phrase discussed on a spectrum, from the unintentionally patronising "People are religious because they have nowhere else to turn" to the downright insulting "religion is a crutch for emotionally immature…"
"You asked me to give credence to your legal argument. I don't owe it any credence as our government ruled that it interfered with the woman's right to security of person. This would be true in your example as well.
"Under what grounds?
Well, abortion isn't about people's right to kill an embryo/fetus; it's about a pregnant woman's right to not have to remain pregnant against her will.
If I hired a surrogate to carry an embryo made from my…"
Grew up and went to college in central NJ. Moved to MI for grad school and have been living in Detroit, a city I've fallen deeply in love with, for the last five years. Part-time composition instructor at an inner city university. Wannabe writer and urban farmer. Theologically moderate, politically liberal Episcopalian. Avid reader and knitter. Terrible guitar player. Mom to an ever-growing number of children (currently at 3). Homeschooler due to a near-religious conviction against standardized tests, homework, and boredom. Married to an amusingly didactic cognitive neuroscientist.
Favorite Books, Movies, Music, and more
Books and authors (in no particular order): Octavia Butler, Marilynne Robinson, One Hundred Years of Solitude, Kelly Link, A People's History of the United States, Paul Tillich, NT Wright, Phyllis Tickle, Ellyn Satter's Child of Mine: Feeding with Love and Good Sense, Anne Lamott, most YA literature that isn't about vampires or at least has a sense of humor about itself if it is, The New Zealand Prayer Book, Walter Wink, dystopias of all kinds, The Life and Opinions of Tristam Shandy, Kurt Vonnegut, Mike Bryan's The Afterword, George MacDonald, Borges's Labyrinths.
Music: All kinds of folk rock, for both kids and adults--Sandra McCracken, Dar Williams, Nerissa and Katryna Nields, Carrie Newcomer, Derek Webb, Dan Zanes, Sara Groves, Elizabeth Mitchell, Innocence Mission, Bob Dylan, Indigo Girls, The Eels, Sufjan Stevens, Iris DeMent, Rosie Thomas, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Jill Phillips, Neko Case, Gillian Welch
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If you could do your happy dance with anyone who would it be with?