Religion is Ridiculous? By David G. Myers

  Religion is Ridiculous?   By David G. Myers     Ridiculous, and worse.  So say the new atheist books:  In God is Not Great, Christopher Hitchens does not mince words, calling religion “violent, irrational, intolerant, allied to racism and tribalism and bigotry, invested in ignorance and hostile to free inquiry, contemptuous of women and coercive … Continue reading “Religion is Ridiculous? By David G. Myers”

Monotheism, Polytheism, and Violence By Martin E. Marty

  Monotheism, Polytheism, and Violence By Martin E. Marty   “Hindu Threat to Christians: Convert or Flee,” Somini Sengupta’s front page story in the October 12th New York Times, is part of one day’s additions to my bulging clippings file on religiously-inspired terror, war, and violence, in the name of…(fill in the blank).  The file … Continue reading “Monotheism, Polytheism, and Violence By Martin E. Marty”

Another ‘God that Failed’ By Martin E. Marty

  Another ‘God that Failed’   By Martin E. Marty       “The Fall: Original Sin & Free-Market Capitalism,” “After the Meltdown,” and “Government Is Not the Problem: Thirty Years of Bad Economic Policy,” by William Pfaff, Charles R. Morris and Jeff Madrick, in turn, highlight a single issue of the Jesuit magazine America (October … Continue reading “Another ‘God that Failed’ By Martin E. Marty”

Lambeth exercise jolts comfort zones By Lindsay Hardin Freeman

  Lambeth exercise jolts comfort zones By Lindsay Hardin Freeman   [Episcopal News Service, Buffalo, Minnesota] Bishop Jim Jelinek of Minnesota, like other bishops, had been encouraged to “bring his diocese with him” to the Lambeth Conference last July, the decennial gathering of the world’s Anglican bishops in Canterbury, England. When he returned from an … Continue reading “Lambeth exercise jolts comfort zones By Lindsay Hardin Freeman”

Worshiping online: Is it really church? By Lisa B. Hamilton

Worshiping online: Is it really church?   By Lisa B. Hamilton   [Episcopal Life] After Compline, the cathedral is hushed. Some kneel in shafts of light tinted by stained glass. Others leave quietly, a few stopping to light a candle on the way out. In the courtyard, the mood is lighter. “Nice outfit. How did … Continue reading “Worshiping online: Is it really church? By Lisa B. Hamilton”