It would be difficult to write about the story of Jim Jones and the 1978 mass murder-suicide (more than 900 dead) without sensationalizing the story. But Jeff Guinn succeeds admirably in the authoritative The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and … Continue reading Guinn’s authoritative book on Jim Jones lets reader decide
Few of us are lucky enough to see an unobstructed total solar eclipse once in a lifetime. I had that privilege on Feb. 26, 1979, as I parked along a highway south of Goldendale, Wash. If my travel happens as … Continue reading Is the solar eclipse God’s way of winking at us?
Rob Bell doesn’t have much new to say in his 2017 book, What is the Bible: How an Ancient Library of Poems, Letters, and Stories Can Transform the Way You Think and Feel About Everything, but he says it in … Continue reading Bell’s lastest book has little new to offer
Francses FitzGerald’s newest history book chronicles the U.S. religious right beginning with the First Great Awakening. Continue reading FitzGerald book thoroughly chronicles rise of religious right
In his 2014 book, Peter Enns gives an accessible explanation of the historical-critical method of understanding the Bible. Continue reading Enns’ explanation for Old Testament genocide: It didn’t happen
Making fun of Kim Davis’ hair is in the same league ridiculing Muslim women for wearing headscarves. Continue reading Let’s cut out the personal attacks
If we believe that revelations are in fact dictations from God, there seems to be little room for the recipient’s personality, culture and other factors to play much of a role. Continue reading What is revelation?
The great paradox is this: Our good works have nothing to do with our salvation. Yet there is no salvation without good works. Continue reading The paradox of good works
I spent much of this morning watching Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor rally on Cspan.org, and I’m still not sure what I saw. Continue reading What religion was Glenn Beck preaching?