Confessions of a Former Church Goer


I have become disillusioned with the Church. The right-wing churches preach ignorance, bigotry, hatred, and fanaticism. Each right-wing sect seems to have its own version of religious supremacy, claiming that God belongs to them alone. The progressive churches seem not to oppose the religious bigotry of the right-wing churches. Perhaps they are too worried aboutContinue reading “Confessions of a Former Church Goer”

A String Theory Vision: Chapter 2


The Spirituality of String Theory   String Theory or its close cousin M-theory, with their ten or eleven dimensions, is a universe beyond our comprehension.  Cosmologists are still struggling with its workings and what it means for our existence.  The origin of String Theory was in trying to describe what happened before the Big Bang.Continue reading “A String Theory Vision: Chapter 2”

The Progressive Church Dilemma


Progressive churches are in a dilemma, caught between fundamentalism on the one side and secularization on the other side.  While progressives have dismissed any interpretation of the Bible that is based upon fundamentalism, it can be very hard to decipher what that post-fundamentalist message actually is. THE MESSAGE Recently I attended a United Methodist ChurchContinue reading “The Progressive Church Dilemma”

A Sea Change in the Roman Catholic Church


Pope Francis is a wonderful change for the Roman Catholic Church and represents a sea change in Church history.  He is the first Jesuit Pope.  The Jesuit Order was founded by St. Ignatius Loyola as a post-Reformation reform movement within the Roman Church, the “shock troops” of the Counter Reformation. He is the first PopeContinue reading “A Sea Change in the Roman Catholic Church”

The Catholic Church and Marital Intimacy


If the Roman Catholic Church really wanted to strengthen marriage, as it says is does, the first step would be to allow married couples to make love freely and as often as they so desire.  There should be no rules constraining that joyous intimacy and no fear of unwanted pregnancies. A celibate priesthood cannot beginContinue reading “The Catholic Church and Marital Intimacy”

Divine Paradoxes


Paradoxes are common in both cosmology and in theology.  Indeed, this shared quality demonstrates how these two seemingly diverse endeavors are really quite similar, if not two sides of the same coin. A photon can act like either a wave or a particle depending on what is being tested, or what question is being asked.Continue reading “Divine Paradoxes”

Rachel Held Evans — Shedding light on “Biblical” Values


I wanted to share with you a statement by the blogger Rachel Held Evans.  I love her way of reading scripture.  Her blog can be found at http://www.rachelheldevans.com and is well worth checking out. As an evangelical Christian, Rachel has shown light on some of the more ridiculous claims of fundamentalism.  Particularly, she has shown veryContinue reading “Rachel Held Evans — Shedding light on “Biblical” Values”

Preaching on Noah’s Ark Without Falling Into Fundamentalism


I will begin by saying that the story of Noah’s Ark is patently absurd by any standard.  I have no trouble teaching or preaching this story as mythology.  I believe that the most significant portion of this story is the rainbow covenant at the end.  The rainbow covenant is a symbol of God’s grace andContinue reading “Preaching on Noah’s Ark Without Falling Into Fundamentalism”

Cosmic Creation and Calamity


I once had a question about volcanoes that launched a spiritual inquiry. Why are their volcanos? They cause so much death and destruction. What purpose do they serve? And, why are they allowed to exist at all? It seems hard to fathom the destructive forces of nature. We expect to be safe and comfortable inContinue reading “Cosmic Creation and Calamity”

The American Heritage of Religious Dissent


Conservative Christians, especially those of the biblical fundamentalist variety, will tell us that America is a theocracy under their God’s rule.  They will tell us that America is a Christian nation, born of a divine covenant. They will attempt to use government and civil authority to compel us to live according to their God’s design.Continue reading “The American Heritage of Religious Dissent”