Category Archives: Religion

All-Or-Nothing Judgments About Ourselves and Others Are a Bad Idea

Everybody knows that Joseph Stalin was infamous as “the Butcher” who directed the slaughter of 25 million people during his reign, but who knows that he would regularly and lovingly spend hour after hour with his daughter, Svetlana, listening to … Continue reading

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If You Knew God Really Well, Would You Like Him?

Sure, loads of folks think they like God, but do they know him well enough to be sure?  And some folks don’t like God, but do they know him well enough to be sure? Here are some things that a … Continue reading

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The Christian Predicament: Dealing With The Bible During The Rush to Belief

It’s interesting—the unintended consequences that occur when a piece of one’s religious foundation is laid in the wrong way.  It causes all manner of predicaments and there’s really no way to correct for them all unless you strip down to … Continue reading

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Could We Please Get Over This Ignorant Literal/Figurative Debate About the Bible?

I hear it practically every day—someone confidently affirming that “the Bible is literal” or that “the Bible is figurative”. Let me go ahead and state quite unapologetically that both are rather ignorant positions that bring this passage of scripture strongly … Continue reading

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The Unthinkable Christian Exercise

You can tell a lot about people by observing the patterns of their behavior.  You can figure out what they think about things, and even how they do that thinking. What is surprising is to discover what things people don’t … Continue reading

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The “Stupid!” Bias

I’ve been studying cognitive science for the last three years or so, trying to understand why it’s so hard for people to correct their beliefs when those beliefs are demonstrated to be wrong.  It is fairly obvious from the research … Continue reading

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The Stupidest Thing

Perhaps the stupidest thing I’ve done routinely in my life is to try to argue the facts with people who do not care about the facts. To this very day, I still find myself surprised at how someone can be … Continue reading

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What Would Happen in a REAL Church Revival?

Before we get started talking about church revivals, let’s establish just how common a thing it is in our culture. If you do a Google search for [church revival], you get 192,000,000 returns.  (In case you aren’t familiar with this … Continue reading

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There Is No Special Bible For Lazy People, PART II

In my previous post, I talked about how: We have to actually read the Bible to know what’s in it. Jesus seems to have thought that people’s misunderstandings were worth correcting, so we are to be in the habit of … Continue reading

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There Is No Special Bible For Lazy People

Jesus was talking to some from a religious faction (Sadducees)  one day and he told them a most instructive thing: Matthew 22:29 But Jesus answered them, “You are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God. They … Continue reading

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