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Extracting Meaning from Scripture
Part One of “How Does a Fundie Know He’s Right?”

March 18th, 2009 · 3 Comments

How does a fundie know he’s right? This question was recently touched on in a long discussion with a “proud fundamentalist”. The question then was about how one knows whose interpretation or emphasis is correct, given we had four people present with interpretations that differ to varying degrees. I now believe the tradition to be […]

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Reduce or Wrestle — Peter Rollins

March 4th, 2009 · 9 Comments

Found via a blog post on his blog, in this video of Peter Rollins, he shares an ancient Jewish parable about what it means to wrestle with scripture, what the tradition means to those that belong to the family. the essence, not that we find the right answer, but that we wrestle with the tradition […]

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More on the Afterlife Belief

February 1st, 2009 · 4 Comments

This post was promised as a follow-up to Sadducees and the Afterlife. That makes this the third post in a series of three, the first was Hope. Here’s the paragraph I pruned from the previous post in this series — you need to read that post for this to make sense: I love this piece, […]

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Demons & Shofar

November 15th, 2008 · 56 Comments

I don’t believe in literal, physical demons… In fact, I bet even those that believe in demons, don’t believe they’re actually made of stuff, of atoms, for example. People that believe in demons typically believe in a “spiritual realm”, in which these “spiritual things” happen. What is this “spiritual realm”? And supposing such a realm […]

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Pepper-Spraying Streakers at Shofar – Derailed Comment Thread

October 31st, 2008 · 353 Comments

This post was separated from the original, to move the off-topic comment thread to another location. I will try to shift the on-topic comments back to the original post later, but that’s harder to do.

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Pepper-Spraying Streakers at Shofar

October 31st, 2008 · 33 Comments

Nearly two weeks ago, six male students decided to have some fun for themselves by barging into a church service naked. Four were successfully blocked from reaching the auditorium, but two made it all the way… and opened fire with pepper spray. (UPDATE^2: this source, which claims the pepper spray may have belonged to the […]

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Theology is Unavoidable for Christians (verses: Genesis 2 and 3, God lied)

June 25th, 2008 · 31 Comments

Wikipedia’s definition of theology is as follows: Theology is the study of religion from a religious perspective. It has been defined as reasoned discourse about God or the gods, or more generally about religion or spirituality. Now in a recent conversation about “Creation vs Evolution” on the Shofar Facebook group, this sentiment was raised (by […]

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On “Richard Dawkins is a Fundamentalist” and “Shofar is a Cult”

June 9th, 2008 · 22 Comments

There has been much debate about whether or not Shofar is a cult. I prefer not to take part in such debates, being someone that doesn’t care much for labels. I’m too fluid in my definitions. And besides, those already debating this point are providing more than enough entertainment for the observer. 😉 (And more […]

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Casual Conversations: On Authority and Hell

June 6th, 2008 · 19 Comments

In the future, when I share stories about interesting conversations, I want to protect the anonymity of the person I was talking to. If I were to write a number of posts involving the same conversation, I may mix it up a little so that readers can’t build up too much of a profile. It […]

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Scientists Have To Believe In Evolution…

May 15th, 2008 · 22 Comments

A recent email exchange with a creationist brought up this sentiment again: He has to believe in evolution because that is the career he chose. He sucked up what they told him. This creationist tactic is disingenuous. They are taught that the reason scientists accept evolution, is because they would not otherwise get a job, […]

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