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Giving is Sowing and God Promises a Harvest? (What Kind of Harvest?)

The promise that “Giving is Sowing and God Promises a Harvest!” met me on my way to work this morning, and it got me to thinking.

My first thought was of the so-called “Prosperity Gospel,” which asks followers of a church to give money to the church with the promise that God will mysteriously [...]

Jesus Cares? Help is Just a Prayer Away?

That’s what roadside church signs tell me on my drive through central Maine today:

There are a lot of good people suffering in the world. Jesus (and God the Father of whom Jesus is supposed to be one mysterious aspect) are supposed to omniscient and omnipotent. If they exist and they care about [...]

He is Risen, Indeed?

Help me understand this reasoning of this sign, which surely hopes to accomplish something as it’s read on the street. I just can’t figure out what. What does this declaration communicate to someone who is already a Christian other than a recapitulation of what Christians already believe? From a marketing point of view, what [...]

Charisma News Advocates Putting Corpses On Trial

Charisma News says that the USA needs to recover its Christian heritage. That heritage includes digging up rotting corpses and putting them on trial. [...]

Statistics Show Biblical Literalists Sin Against Their Religion Every Time They Go To Church

Christian Biblical literalists are faced with this choice: They must either stop going to church, or stop being Biblical literalists, and accept that the Bible is really just a collection of metaphors, and not really the divine word of any supernatural being. [...]

If We Came From Apes, Then Come And Answer This Question, Smartypants!

The Seneca Bible Baptist Church, outside of Seneca Falls in upstate New York, has issued a challenge to all the secular eggheads in the area, their neighbors who actually believe in the theory of biological evolution through natural selection as proposed by the original Darwinist, Charles Darwin. The church has posted the sign you see [...]

Miracle?

News item: A gas explosion destroys a church in New York City, killing five out of its sixty members and three others. Fifty-five families are left homeless.

Says a parishoner of the event: ““I thank God. It was wonderful.”

Says the church’s leader of the event: “We thank God for that. The building has come [...]

Stories Ending in Tragedy

A church I drive by in Somerville, Maine frequently amuses me with its messages of dire religiosity. Here’s the latest:

That got me to thinking…

Could be true.

[...]

Unrepresentative Military Chaplaincy: Is This a Problem?

Last night, the Secular Coalition for America sent us the following statistics as part of its call for an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act to provide for the hiring of nontheistic chaplains in the U.S. military:

Religious Preference of Servicemembers and Chaplains Religious Preference % of all Servicemembers % of all Chaplains None [...]

Why Would Atheists Engage In Christian Ritual?

There’s nothing wrong with people who call themselves atheists attending these Sunday Assemblies. It’s just that Sunday Assemblies won’t be the ticket for people who are more interested in the open field of possibilities as we develop ideas and rituals centered in our own contemporary experience, separate from the traditions of the past. [...]

If God Works, How Come Mothers Only Have Two Hands?

I saw this sign yesterday while travelling through South Somerville, Maine. If this were a valid ding against the scientific theory of evolution — which doesn’t claim that evolutionary pressures create absolutely optimal biological design — then wouldn’t it also be a criticism of the religious theory of God — which does claim that its [...]