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Your God Sucks

A few months ago USA Today ran an article detailing the growing dilution of spiritual belief in America and general apathy towards anything beyond the material.

It came as no surprise to me. I know a lot of people who are cynical about god, disillusioned, disappointed and angry. Perhaps that is you. Maybe you ended up here by typing “god sucks” into a search engine. If so, please keep reading–it may not be what you expected but I hope you’ll find some thoughts worth pondering.

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Who’s Got God? – Now Available!

When I first started The Skeptical Believer, it was meant to be in conjunction with the publication of my first book. I originally saw the blog as a supplement to the book, and a way to expand on some of the issues raised in it. Here is the introduction from my first post here:

I started this blog in tandem with the upcoming publication of my first book (details to be released soon!). Co-written with a colleague, it’s an honest exploration of faith, truth, and finding common ground with those who see the universe differently.

Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3

The Skeptical Believer is all about taking an honest look at faith. Let’s face it–all of us have questions and doubts about our worldview no matter what we believe in. My premise is that it’s vital to meet these challenges, confront them head-on, and be able to admit that we don’t have all the answers. And just as importantly, to never settle for pat, skin-deep cop-outs when it comes to the most profound and sometimes troubling issues of life.

Well, life has a funny way of getting in the way sometimes and now I find that nearly two years have gone by. But wait, there’s more!

I am very excited to announce that, at long last, my book Who’s Got God? is now available for purchase!!!

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REVIEW: Love Wins, pt. 3

I’ve been promising a wrap-up to my review of Rob Bell’s Love Wins for some time now, so let’s get ‘er done. This will dovetail nicely with a recent post I made for our church blog, How Can A God Of Love Send People To Hell?

Let’s talk about the image of hell that most of us, Christians and non-Christians alike, are brought up to believe the Bible teaches.

First of all, are any of you parents? And if so, do you love your children? If not parents, do you have a pet that feels almost like a child to you? Do you have brothers and sisters, parents and grandparents, close friends who you love more than anyone else in the world?

Allow me to tell you a true story.

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REVIEW: Love Wins, pt. 2

Whatever you’ve heard about Love Wins, whether positive or negative, Rob’s main thesis in the book is simply this: that God’s love is far bigger and more powerful than any human being can conceive of. Infinitely bigger. Eternally more powerful.

I think that’s something we can all get behind. Right?

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REVIEW: Love Wins

 I know this review is a bit late to the party, but since this book has attracted so much attention even outside of Christian circles, I thought I’d write my thoughts on it.

I’ll get it out of the way right now instead of beating around the bush and say that I loved this book. It’s a rare quality when someone can teach about Hell and cause you to love God even more than you already did.

Let me also make two upfront statements regarding this book:

1) I do not 100% fully agree with every single detail that Rob Bell writes in this book.

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On the Death of an Evil Man

So Osama bin Laden has finally met the end promised to him almost 10 years ago, and it looks like he ran out of time to become an Apostle bin Laden.

As followers of Jesus, how should we view this momentous event? I think there are a few ways.

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…Religulous

***continued from Part One***

2. “Jesus is just another in a long line of mythical dying and resurrecting gods like Horus and Mithra.”

I’ve never heard this argument coming from people I actually meet, but it is very prevalent amongst the intelligentsia and ‘professional’ skeptics. And I’ll admit, the very first time I heard it I was taken aback and had to do a bit of study in order to find out about it. It’s part-truth and part-bunk.

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Ridiculous…

At the urging of a few friends, I finally got around to watching the film Religulous. In it, comedian Bill Maher, who is known for his dry, cynical wit, sets off on a jaunt around the world to expose the hypocrisy and ignorance of religious folk. His thesis is that religion is a force for evil in the world and we would be better off if it were eradicated. The film shows Maher interviewing Christians, Muslims, Jews, and a couple Mormons as well (he also takes a quick potshot at Scientologists).

Maher is a very intelligent man and a gifted comic. It’s a shame that he’s used his talents to become bitter, jaded and cynical. And for all his intellect, he does an incredibly poor job at researching his chosen subject matter, as he uses outdated and puerile arguments to defend his position.

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Jack Lewis, Guest Blogger (pt. 4)

In these series I will be re-printing a fantastic essay by C.S. Lewis entitled What Are We to Make of Jesus Christ? from his book God In The Dock. I love what Lewis has to say about Jesus–how He thought about Himself, and how others thought about Him at the time. I can’t recommend highly enough that you go out and purchase really any book written by C.S. Lewis. And now on to the finale!

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Jack Lewis, Guest Blogger, (pt. 3)

In this series of articles I will be re-printing a fantastic essay by C.S. Lewis entitled What Are We to Make of Jesus Christ? from his book God In The Dock. I love what Lewis has to say about Jesus–how He thought about Himself, and how others thought about Him at the time. I can’t recommend highly enough that you go out and purchase really any book written by C.S. Lewis. And now on to the good stuff!

What are we to do about reconciling the two contradictory phenomena? One attempt consists in saying that the man did not really say these things; but that His followers exaggerated the story, and so the legend grew up that he had said them. This is difficult because His followers were all Jews; that is, they belonged to that Nation which of all others was most convinced that there was only one God — that there could not possibly be another. It is very odd that this horrible invention about a religious leader should grow up among the one people in the whole earth least likely to make such a mistake. On the contrary we get the impression that none of His immediate followers or even of the New Testament writers embraced the doctrine at all easily.