Musings on Evolution, Science and the Bible

This post first appeared in my biweekly newsletter which you can read and subscribe to here: Why Now?My Evolving UnderstandingSpeaking with Wisdom and KnowledgeEvolution and the Point of ScriptureQuestions 1. Why Now?A couple of weeks ago I was interviewed by my friend Andrew Carpenter for his Obscure Pastor podcast.  One of the things I shared … Continue reading Musings on Evolution, Science and the Bible

#25 – Maps of Meaning by Jordan Peterson (My 100 Favorite Books)

This may be the most controversial entry on my list, as the author has become famous (or infamous) in recent years.  I read this book in 2014 on the recommendation of a friend, found it wordy and challenging, posted a review on Goodreads and that was it.  At the time there were maybe ten total … Continue reading #25 – Maps of Meaning by Jordan Peterson (My 100 Favorite Books)

#30 – Jesus for President by Shane Claiborne and Chris Haw (My 100 Favorite Books)

If you want to start a fight, talk about religion.  Or politics.  OR BOTH! For much of my adult life, I've wrestled with what it looks like to apply my faith to public life.  This especially becomes a question during election season, when some Christians speak as if the entire fate of the world rests … Continue reading #30 – Jesus for President by Shane Claiborne and Chris Haw (My 100 Favorite Books)

#34 – The Civil War as a Theological Crisis by Mark Noll (My 100 Favorite Books)

Following yesterday's history of the Civil War, I include this shorter book focusing on the religious situation surrounding the war.  There is still debate and discussion about why the Civil War occurred.  Everyone living at the time knew why (slavery!) but afterwards there was a vested interest in the south to change the narrative.  Unfortunately, … Continue reading #34 – The Civil War as a Theological Crisis by Mark Noll (My 100 Favorite Books)

#83 – The Idolatry of God by Peter Rollins (My 100 Favorite Books)

Is it possible to make God into an idol?  Yes.  Do you view God as some really powerful being who hates who you hate, who favors your nation, who basically echoes your politics?  Then your God is probably an idol.  Of course, we're all tempted to take what we already think about politics, issues and … Continue reading #83 – The Idolatry of God by Peter Rollins (My 100 Favorite Books)

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 at … Continue reading Where the Conflict Really Lies – Alvin Plantinga (Review)