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Adam blamed Eve, who blamed the Serpent, who blamed God; the Pharisees blamed Jesus, and Pilate blamed the crowd. Today, republicans blame the democrats, who blame the President; liberals blame conservatives, who blame the socialists; the atheists blame the religious; … Continue reading
Something I’ve said for a long time now is that you cannot properly understand the Bible without Jesus interpreting it for you. Yet, many Christians read the Bible indiscriminately, as if Jesus never happened. Historically, and even to this day, … Continue reading
I talked about what René Girard calls the “scapegoat mechanism” that’s alive and well in human beings last time. This insidious desire is at the bottom of what poisons everything. This time I would like to look at what he … Continue reading
My tongue is firmly in cheek here, playing off the subtitle of Christopher Hitchens’s book, God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, but I do want to make a point about this that I believe I can back up … Continue reading
“Christianity is a founding murder in reverse, which illuminates what has to remain hidden to produce ritual, sacrificial religions.” ― Battling to the End: Conversations with Benoit Chantre “The commandment that prohibits desiring the goods of one’s neighbor attempts to … Continue reading
Just what is the “sin of the world” that the Lamb of God takes away? (John 1:29) And how is this related to the sins we commit? These are two questions worth pondering. In “Our Father is not Molech,” I gave two contemporary … Continue reading
As Father’s Day approaches, here’s two tales describing very different fathers. But first, I want you to think about what constitutes being a good father. Also remember that parables never give the whole story. They’re simply meant to make a point that we … Continue reading
Pondering the seemingly endless stream of horrific events like the recent Orlando shooting can certainly drive us into despair over what our culture has become. Are we, as a society, doomed to sink into some fear-driven apocalyptic morass of helpless victims, haters, and sociopaths?
We’ve been looking at how a religious spirit, political spirit, and scapegoating forms an unholy trinity that insidiously undergirds the “sin of the world.” It’s the elephant in the room no one wants to talk about (or even notices), the poisonous air we’ve been … Continue reading
It’s interesting that religion and politics are two taboo subjects in polite conversation. Why is that? What should we be afraid of? Actually, plenty! Jesus warned His disciples of two spiritual strongholds that would war against His kingdom—religion and politics.