If we are truly going to do our best to make a better society to live in, there are a whole lot of tough truths we are all going to have to face, and the largest one is likely this: we’ve been wrong about a lot of things. No matter who you are or what […]Read More Christian sins: misplaced identity and making enemies
I had a crisis of faith in my mid-20s. My background was Christian, and my trouble centered on whether there was any point in me continuing with the faith. I wanted a deeper connection to God than what is stereotypically understood to be on offer in most American churches. It seems to me Jesus is […]Read More Jesus of Nazareth as a guy
My grandfathers As I’ve sought to understand myself and heal from the particular broken places within me, I’ve learned that the journey to knowing myself doesn’t stop with me. Family accounts for far more than our genetic mixture. It also of course establishes the way we perceive ourselves and the world via the environment in […]Read More The story of who I am
There’s a huge problem with the Bible. The problem involves the way most Christians (Protestants in particular) approach it. We like to pretend that the scriptures are our primary source of authority for understanding God. In actuality, though, this is very seldom practiced. The Bible doesn’t come to any of us as a straight and […]Read More The disconnect with Christians on sexuality, Part III
One has to know the Christian paradigms of human identity and love in order to understand the Christian view of sexuality. If you admit ignorance or uncertainty on either of those issues you’re actually in better shape than most Christians, who don’t realize they’re woefully uninformed about their own system of belief. There is no […]Read More The disconnect with Christians on sexuality, Part II
Discrimination is real. It goes beyond race, gender, sexuality, or any one particular thing. To discriminate means to recognize a distinction or difference. It is frequently evil when used to exclude or injure people based on their personal characteristics. It is often good when used to carefully choose which thoughts one wishes to verbally articulate. […]Read More A word on discrimination
Why do we find society’s narrative of morality, meaning, and human identity compelling? I think there are two primary reasons. The first is that it encourages one of our basest temptations – selfishness, which speaks to us in a deep way. If you doubt this is the core of the narrative, think of what so […]Read More The wrong side of history?