Category Archives: Religion

These posts pertain to the Bible and other issues of Religion

Rethinking “Jesus Alone”

If I walk into a church and the first thing I see is a coffee shop… I’m leaving. After I get my mocha of course. On a serious note, what is it about spirituality and a faith that connects with … Continue reading

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Please Reign Over Me: The Bible, Trees, and the Problem of Power

For years, in both an academic setting and in other writings, I have railed against the misuse of the Bible. I see it used as a moral justification to deny humans basic rights by taking ancient passages out of context … Continue reading

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My Official Book and Your Official Book: What’s Missing In TN’s Bible Push

“The Holy Bible is hereby designated as the official state book.” This is the text in Senate Bill 1108. This begs a few questions. Which “Holy Bible?” Which translation? NRSV, CEB, KJV, The Message? Will we only accept the Hebrew, … Continue reading

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Religion, Politics, Gay Marriage: A Reaction

It is a topic as old as civilization itself. The civic and the religious have been intertwined to varying degrees from the time of the city-states of the ancient Near East to the political landscape of the day. Here in … Continue reading

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How I View the Bible

For over a year now, I have been writing on the subject of religion, specifically on various aspects of the Bible. I grew up as a Christian in the United Methodist Church and my training in higher education has been … Continue reading

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Why Christians Should Read (and Take Seriously) the Book of Deuteronomy

Neither dogmatic adherence nor complete abandonment does anything to further understanding. Continue reading

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Jesus Before Pilate: Historicity and Anti-Semitism

Without proper perspective, horrible misinterpretations of the text lead to anti-Semitic views that are not only hateful, counterproductive, and counter to the teachings of Jesus, but have no foundation in history. Continue reading

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