Thoughts on How We Talk About Religion, Specifically Christianity and Islam

I've been continuing to see stories about, and to have discussions about, President Obama's speech at the National Prayer Breakfast.  It certainly hit a nerve with a lot of people.  I shared a few thoughts last week.  A good friend helped me see why more people were offended, something I missed before.  Plus, even as … Continue reading Thoughts on How We Talk About Religion, Specifically Christianity and Islam

Five Thoughts on Obama’s Prayer Breakfast Speech

Last week at the National Prayer Breakfast President Obama condemned  ISIS, Obama and went on to say: "Humanity has been grappling with these questions throughout human history. And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible … Continue reading Five Thoughts on Obama’s Prayer Breakfast Speech

My Opinion on Muslim Call To Prayer at Duke University

Last week Duke University was going to begin sounding the Muslim call to prayer each Friday before a few prominent Christians (Franklin Graham) spoke out against it.  Duke's goal seemed to be to make their campus more welcoming to the diverse students who go there.  The same chapel sounds bells on Sunday to announce the … Continue reading My Opinion on Muslim Call To Prayer at Duke University

The Case for the Crusades by Rodney Stark (Review)

When people begin to list the many faults of the Christian church throughout the ages, the crusades are right at the top of the list.  The image of barbaric knights journeying to the middle east and slaughtering Muslims is not uncommon.  Rodney Stark argues in God's Battalions: The Case for the Crusades that we have … Continue reading The Case for the Crusades by Rodney Stark (Review)