Einstein: Religions are “childish superstition”

(It’s that time again – guest post from Zach time.) (Image from Bloomsbury Auctions) Lots of people are talking about a newly-surfaced letter by Einstein, which seems to clarify his ambiguous views on religion with the following strongly-worded statements: The word god is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, … [Read more…]

Still ain’t easy being queer at Gordon College

(Hey ya’ll – another guest post from Zach. PS, hope you don’t mind my saying “ya’ll.”) A year ago, a group called Soulforce organized two buses of queer and allied folks, mostly students, to ride around the country visiting colleges with discriminatory policies – i.e. religious and military ones. The East Coast bus visited Gordon … [Read more…]

Greg Graffin of Bad Religion – at church

(Hello, this is Zach Alexander — you may have read my Leaving the Garden post, and this is the first of a few guest articles I’m posting while John is otherwise engaged.) “The stuff that really brings people together, and makes us happy to live together, originates from a caring and thoughtful mind that’s been … [Read more…]

Guest Post: Murder Most Mormon? – Part One.

I always look forward to Elaine Frei’s well-written, thought-provoking comments. Now she has graced us with her review and reflections of Under the Banner of Heaven, John Krakauer’s controversial expos? of the murders of a mother and her infant daughter by Fundamentalist Mormons. What makes Krakauer’s coverage of these killings especially relevant for discussion here … [Read more…]

Guest Post: On Being Atheistic.

This guest post was submitted by Johnny from The Fire Sermon. In it he echoes my own puzzlement at the suspicion with which atheists are viewed. I would also encourage everyone who took the Philosophy Quiz to check out Johnny’s reflections on Paul Tillich, the existential Christian theologian. Next week Elaine Frei will grace us … [Read more…]