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God as Groundwater

I liked these two bits of storytelling.  The first is an analogy.  The second is a story. Bishop John Shelby Spong, in one of his interviews with The Religion Report, quotes ex-Catholic priest Matthew Fox as saying God is like groundwater. I like that.  Various cultural groups are digging wells to reach life-giving well water, […]

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Society without God?

I’ve just finished the most intriguing book—Society without God by Phil Zuckerman. He begins with these bold, introductory statements: Zuckerman lived in Scandinavia for 14 months, during which time he traveled extensively and interviewed as many people as he could, addressing several key points for this book.  First, he argues that “society without God is […]

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Faith and Doubt

So.  I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the role of doubt in faith lately, namely because I have a talk to give on June 23rd at the Wild Goose Festival in NC.  Don’t get me wrong.  I’ve lived with doubt for a long time now (well, ever since I wrote Eve).  It’s a […]

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Faulty Reasoning When it Comes to God?

You’re probably familiar with some psychology terms—from college courses or leisure reading you’ve picked up along the way; therefore, you’ll recall that children do this thing called “teleo-functional reasoning.”  Never mind the term.  You probably wouldn’t remember that.  [At least I wouldn’t.]  But you may remember what it means: the belief that something exists for […]

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Rob Bell’s Love Wins

So.  Have you heard about Rob Bell’s new book Love Wins: A Book of Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived yet?  No?  Have you been hiding in a closet somewhere?  You can catch up with these two articles, written before the book even hit the shelves.  CNN’s Eric Marrapodi’s article […]

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