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You Can Get the Bible to Say Whatever You Want

By Jennifer Schwarz | August 9, 2014 | 2 Comments

For people determined to get Divine approval for their beliefs and actions, it’s not hard to get the Bible to say whatever you want it to say. You can find justification for just about anything you’d like to do and rationale for hating just about anyone you want to hate. And it’s just those kinds…

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Personal God or People?

By Jennifer Schwarz | April 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

Bernard Brandon Scott doesn’t need a personal God — he needs people… “I get people who say, ‘Well, don’t you need a personal God?’ I don’t have a problem with God language; I have a problem with the reification of God language. God language is the way we talk about these ultimate values, for me.…

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A Christianity That’s Not Stuck

By Jennifer Schwarz | January 24, 2013 | 1 Comment

  Stephen Patterson thinks that Progressive Christianity is about “being willing to think critically about one’s faith and about the traditions of one’s faith and the resources like the Bible — to think critically about these things and not simply assume that it all has to make sense. Progressive Christianity means you’re free to explore and…

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Marcus Borg on Systemic Injustice

By Jennifer Schwarz | November 6, 2012 | 2 Comments

Systemic justice is a result-oriented justice Marcus Borg contends that Jesus has something to say about the way we organize ourselves in community — that when a society is structured to serve the self-interests of the wealthy and powerful it is not a just society. “If you have a society in which 1% of the…

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Do The Parables Speak To Us?

By Jennifer Schwarz | September 27, 2012 | 1 Comment

Does Scripture have relevance for the 21st Century? Are there lessons in the parables that speak to us about loving our enemies or even labor relations? Amy-Jill Levine says yes. What do you say? Dr. Levine is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies, and  Professor of…

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How American Muslims Can Flourish and Come into Their Own

By Jennifer Schwarz | September 11, 2012 | 0 Comments

American Muslim Identity Mosques in America are being set on fire. Sikhs, mistaken for Muslims, are cut down in their own Temple. Muslim graves desecrated in Chicago. Violence against Muslim-Americans is getting worse and religious leaders remain silent — especially on 9/11.  Aysha Hidayatullah says, “One wonders how Muslims could actually flourish and come into their own…

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Should The Bible Inform U.S. Law?

By Jennifer Schwarz | September 5, 2012 | 2 Comments

This week the second of the two major political parties in the United States is gathering to hold their annual convention to nominate a candidate for the presidency.  At both conventions one of the topics under discussion is the role religion plays in our life and our politics.  Should the Bible inform U.S. lawn? That’s…

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Robin Meyers on Taking the Bible Off the Altar

By Jennifer Schwarz | September 1, 2012 | 0 Comments

Taking the Bible Off the Altar Robin Meyers says, “We’ve projected upon the Bible something it was never intended to do: which is to give us answers to every conceivable human problem.” We keep going to scripture for answers to the Abortion dilemma, and it’s simply not there. “We don’t let the Bible speak on…

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