Forming my What?

I get a number of emails each day that are sale notices for ebooks. Yesterday I happened to glace at one of the descriptions of a book that read, "...the Church contributes to society by forming the conscience of people." I almost fell out of my chair! If that's not a line straight out of…

Why Didn’t God…?

As someone who has been in the religion and spirituality biz for a long time now (cue the old guy jokes), I can tell you that the most frequently asked question in religion is some version of the title to this post. Why didn't God ______________? You can fill in the blank with anything you…

How Do I Justify My Presence?

I came across a very interesting thread on Facebook over the weekend, and really feel compelled to respond to it in a longer form than is possible in a Facebook discussion. Here is the product! To paraphrase the question raised, "how does a transgender man preaching in conservative Indiana justify his presence in the pulpit…

Nobody’s is Bigger

I am coming to see that no one religion can possibly hope to do an adequate job capturing God. Those that believe they can have washed God in some very hot water, indeed, and then thrown God in the dryer on the highest heat setting. How hot is that? That's hot enough to turn the…

Who Are We to Be?

I confess that, watching the political discourse over the last few years I have become increasingly discouraged. I have watched American politics, not as an obsession but as a citizen interested in public discourse, since the late Johnson administration. To my more smart assed younger friends, I should specify that I mean the Lyndon, and…

You Aren’t Defective

This post is the first in a series of occasional posts about the future of religion and spirituality in Western civilization. I have long been of the opinion that, before it is possible to build something healthy to replace something that is in the process of dying, it is important to clear up mistaken notions…

Why are my religious friends jerks?

It's a question I hear quite often. People will tell me that they like their "everyday" friends more than their spiritual or religious friends. They can easily relate to the former, but the latter - even for people with advanced formation in things spiritual - are hard to be around. They say or do things…

Truth

The days in which anyone with even a shred of honesty or integrity could say "my religion is the only right one" have been consigned by the advances in human capacity to the waste bin of history. There are no serious or worthwhile conversations to be had from this archaic stance.