My conversations with Jesus (Part 2: Who you really are)

Me: Hello again, Jesus Jesus: Hello, I thought about what we spoke about last time. I have some questions. Me: I though you might. I would too if I were you. I have some questions for you as well. Jesus: You first Me: At what point in your ministry did you decide you wanted toContinue reading “My conversations with Jesus (Part 2: Who you really are)”

The Jesus Delusion…

and the evangelical deception. Most evangelical Christians would bristle at the suggestion they have been deceived or are deceiving other in promoting Jesus as the eternal Savior of mankind. But such “thinking” is not based on anything but an irrational belief in the Bible as the divinely inspired Word of God fueled by fear ofContinue reading “The Jesus Delusion…”

My conversations with Jesus (Part 1: How it all started)

Note to Reader: This fictitious conversation is written respectfully but honestly. It is how I would imagine an actual conversation with the biblical Jesus would go. It is based on an entire lifetime of contemplative thinking, rigorous biblical research and personal experience as a former evangelical. I offer it as a sensitive and thoughtful meansContinue reading “My conversations with Jesus (Part 1: How it all started)”

The irrational evangelical: A profile of faith

I imagine if I asked most Christians if they were primarily rational or emotional when it came to their faith, most would say rational — they would be wrong. Let me prove it. Discussing faith with someone who is religious is akin to playing chess with someone who secretly believes their “king” is magic butContinue reading “The irrational evangelical: A profile of faith”

Building a case against Christ: Let reason be the Judge: The Christmyth story (pt.4b – Isaiah 7:14)

Brief recap In the previous article, we mainly focused on the two gospel narratives of Matthew and Luke concerning the miraculous birth of Jesus. Other corollary topics were broached, some briefly and some in more detail as necessity dictated. While the gospel accounts are critical, they rest upon the Immanuel prophecy. Without its legitimate use,Continue reading “Building a case against Christ: Let reason be the Judge: The Christmyth story (pt.4b – Isaiah 7:14)”

Building a case against Christ: Let reason be the Judge: The Christmyth story (pt.4a – The nativity stories)

The story of Jesus’ birth is the greatest story ever told — also the fakest! SPOILER ALERT: For those not interested in wading through pages of textual analysis and commentary, I offer my conclusion at the start.  Without the miraculous virgin birth of Jesus, there is no resurrection. It is the foundation upon which theContinue reading “Building a case against Christ: Let reason be the Judge: The Christmyth story (pt.4a – The nativity stories)”

Building a case against Christ: Let reason be The Judge: The Christmyth story (pt.4, the short version)

Note to reader: A much longer and textually more detailed article will follow shortly for those seeking to “dig deeper” into the relevant biblical texts. Some may think it’s too early for Christmas, but according to Luke, the birth of Jesus took place in the late spring or early summer when “… shepherds living outContinue reading “Building a case against Christ: Let reason be The Judge: The Christmyth story (pt.4, the short version)”

The fashionability of skepticism in a Trumpian world

Donald Trump has made skepticism fashionable, but in a bad way. Skepticism is good when used to sharpen truth by ridding it of falsehoods but when it is used to conveniently dismiss facts, it is a dangerous weapon. Donald Trump has recruited perhaps the countries best skeptics — evangelicals. Sadly, their skepticism has been misguided.Continue reading “The fashionability of skepticism in a Trumpian world”

The evangelical experience: Have you had one?

Trying to understand evangelicalism or conservative Christianity having never had the full evangelical “experience” significantly limits one’s ability to understand them or the movement. It’s like the worlds best male gynecologist understanding pregnancy and delivery. He may be more qualified academically than women but he can never fully appreciate the experience of child birth. IContinue reading “The evangelical experience: Have you had one?”

A fresh look at an old faith: The new Christian

What is a Christian? Who knows and who cares? Any student of Christian history knows it has gone through many permutations none more so than in the last five hundred years since the Protestant Reformation. Is this good or bad? Yes. The driving force behind Christianity’s longevity and mutability is fear. Mankind is paralyzed byContinue reading “A fresh look at an old faith: The new Christian”