Do we need a government, or are we better off in an anarchist society? This isn’t as easy of a question to answer as many might suppose. The arguments in favor of government are pretty well-known. Government is necessary, we’re told, to help restrain evil. Without armed officials, there would be nothing to stop people […]Read more "“Give Caesar His Due?” Christian Faith and the Limits of Government"
My view of the afterlife has changed pretty dramatically over the last couple years. At one point, I was fairly certain I had it figured out. The wicked simply died, and did not return. The righteous were “asleep,” awaiting a physical resurrection at some point in the future. In the meantime they were just […]Read more "“With What Kind of Body?”: Reincarnation and Resurrection Revisited"
The traditional rendering of the Apostles’ Creed has a very strange-sounding line in it. Speaking of Jesus, it says that He “was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried.” It goes on to speak of the resurrection, but in between these lines […]Read more "The Harrowing of Hell: What Really Happens Between Good Friday and Easter Sunday"
Winter seems to be sticking around this year, so I thought I might discuss something some people may have seen this winter: the Yeti, or Abominable Snowman. Very little is known about this mythical beast, and many who claim to have seen an Abominable Snowman probably didn’t really see any such thing. Nevertheless, I suspect […]Read more "How to Identify an Abominable Snowman: A Biblical Guide"
Up until rather recently, prayer was a struggle for me. I had trouble believing that God heard my prayers. I often found it hard to motivate myself to pray – except in situations of extreme urgency or suffering. These days I find myself praying several times a day, often without really thinking about it. It […]Read more "How I Get Through the Day: My Ten Most Frequent Prayers"
One of my favorite names for God is “the Eternal Num-Num.” There’s a lot that I love about God included in this term. On one level, the meaning is pretty obvious: God is an eternal source of nourishment for us, a true “num-num” for the soul. “Taste and see that the Lord is […]Read more "The Eternal Num-Num"
About a year ago I came up with a list of the 10 worst doctrines in church history – the 10 beliefs that I feel have caused the most harm in the name of God, and have done the most damage to the reputation of God and the church. Briefly stated, the 10 doctrines […]Read more "“Our Mother in Heaven?”: Why God Needs to Be “She” as Well as “He”"