Where the Conflict Really Lies – Alvin Plantinga (Review)

You may have heard that there is a conflict between science and religion.  Promoting such a war has enabled many on both sides, fundamentalist creationists and fundamentalist atheists, to sell a lot of books.  Even for those not on the extreme, there is a feeling and a fear that somehow faith in God is atContinue reading “Where the Conflict Really Lies – Alvin Plantinga (Review)”

God Behaving Badly (Review)

How could God command genocide? Why does God endorse slavery? God is a sexist monster, isn’t he? These are the sorts of questions that frequently come up in discussions about the Bible, whether those discussions are with skeptics or sincere Christians working through the Bible for the first time.  Such questions have always been there,Continue reading “God Behaving Badly (Review)”

You Should Read Some Dostoyevsky…Here Are Some Tips!

When I talk with people about books I am reading or favorite books I have read, I always mention Fyodor Dostoyevsky.  Often the person looks at me like I have three eyes. Having read a bunch of his books, I want to offer some tips and encouragement.  They are certainly challenging, a far cry from manyContinue reading “You Should Read Some Dostoyevsky…Here Are Some Tips!”

The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus

Reading the Bible as a lifelong Christian means it is easy to accept certain things about the story rather uncritically.  While we recognize that Jesus was Jewish, we tend to contrast Jesus with most other Jews of his day.  We also tend to assume a straight line from the Old Testament Law to the JewsContinue reading “The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus”

The Great and Holy War: How World War I Became a Religious Crusade

For the last year I have been listening to Hardcore History’s podcast on World War I.  It has been fascinating and educational.  I never realized how absolutely awful World War I was, nor do I think I took seriously how much the world changed.  Really, our modern world was born in World War I.  MostContinue reading “The Great and Holy War: How World War I Became a Religious Crusade”