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Posts Tagged ‘Bible

Can God take a joke?

November 3, 2011

Can God take a joke? Absolutely! Say Christians and Jews, Mormons and Muslims. There’s a fresh wave of humor among clergy, comics and believers alike, who are putting out new books and taking to the comedy club stages. Their jokes can be contemporary, but they’re rooted in holy texts. When Muslim comic Azhar Usman tours […]

Ron Paul invokes and applies the Bible

October 11, 2011

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul says he would rather look to God – “the original king” and creator – than to the government as a model for moral values. Citing from the Old Testament book of Samuel, Paul said problems had arisen from an over-reliance on government leaders. “We have too often relied on […]

Religious beliefs in America continue to fracture

September 27, 2011

Religion statistics expert George Barna says, with a wry hint of exaggeration, America is headed for “310 million people with 310 million religions.” “We are a designer society. We want everything customized to our personal needs — our clothing, our food, our education,” he says. Now it’s our religion. More people claim they have accepted […]

Christianity should be synonymous with class warfare

September 27, 2011

President Obama just drew the economic battle lines more clearly in his call to raise $1.5 trillion in new revenue primarily through increased taxes on the wealthy, letting the Bush tax cuts expire, and closing tax loopholes. “Class warfare!” countered the Republicans. Americans sharing more equally in the burden of pulling our country out of […]

Be slow to judge – judgment is God’s domain

September 1, 2010

There are few recorded incidents in the New Testament of Jesus meting out judgment, or castigating people, or condemning them. Most of the recorded occasions when He did so were not directed at the population as a whole, but rather at the religionists of His day (the Pharisees), who were not the example of God’s […]

Attaching the Christian label

August 30, 2010

It is an unfortunate truth that various organizations may all co-opt the term “Christian,” and many use the term without, apparently, knowing what it means. It has reached a point where even serious Christians cringe when they hear the word in political commentary. It might now be worthwhile to appeal to the Bible, to see, […]

Why Are So Many Christians Conservative? Part 1

August 27, 2010

Conservatives believe that the rich and powerful got that way because they deserve to be, that society owes its prosperity to the prosperous, and that government’s job when they have to make choices is to side with those businesspeople who are doing well, because all good things trickle down from them. Progressives, on the other […]

Why Are So Many Christians Conservative? Part 2

August 27, 2010

The Jesus of the New Testament spent his public career preaching about the nature of God and our relationship to God, but also about how we should deal with each other. He repeatedly blessed mercy, gentleness, peacemaking, community, and taking care of each other. He lifted up the poor and oppressed, and spoke poorly of […]