Category Archives: Defining the Terms

What does it mean to read the Bible “literally”?

“It’s a waste of time to argue with fundamentalists. And this film doesn’t do it. It’s designed for intelligent people who are willing to change their mind. And of course, one film is not going to change religious life in America, but it will … Continue reading

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How the word “evolution” adapts to its environment

“The theory that all the living forms in the world have arisen from a single source which itself came from an inorganic form.” – General Theory of Evolution (GTE), Gerald A. Kerkut After reading the GTE, it is easy to see why … Continue reading

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Peeling back the “Anti-gay” label

I’ve learned that the risk in elevating the dialogue is that when you move the argument out of reach, the labels are still handy on the lower shelves. From the way activists are characterizing recent comments by Chick-fil-a president Dan … Continue reading

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What Heaven Really Is

The typical (and mistaken) definition of heaven in American pop culture is “the place all good people go after they die to have an eternally good time.” But the key element missing from flawed ideas of heaven is love. If … Continue reading

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What Does “Enlightened” Mean?

Mark Victor Hansen, co-author of the best-selling Chicken Soup for the Soul, says this: In India, guru means “self-realized being.” To be self-actualized means divine self-mastery–you literally learn how to tell your thinking mind how to think and your feeling … Continue reading

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What’s the Difference Between Religion and Spirituality?

Religion and spirituality are two approaches to spiritual freedom/perfection. Think of religion as a formal dress code for heaven (or whatever final destination is in view). One must clothe one’s self in good works and satisfy established ordinances to be … Continue reading

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What is a “Root Idea”?

For each of the four kinds of skepticism in the Meet The Skeptic model, there is a Root Idea that feeds the various objections within that category. What we’re calling the Root Idea is the false premise. A false premise … Continue reading

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