5 Biblical Concepts Fundamentalists Just Don’t Understand By Sean McElwee, AlterNet, July 30, 2013
The Bible is a Good Book, But God Didn’t Write It, Interview with Bishop John Shelby Spong By Candace Chellew-Hodge, Religion Dispatches, January 8, 2012 – Retired Episcopal Bishop John Shelby Spong’s new book is Reclaiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World…Spong has been taking religious literalists to task for over 40 years…“I do not think for one moment that Bible is any literal sense the ‘Word of God.’
…the Bible [is] more than a manual for morality, but a living document….We’ve encouraged people to think about the Bible as this kind of book, a source of authority, the final word, not to be debated….
I think the Bible is a great book and I think if we can get people to look at it properly and not use it as a weapon to enforce their prejudices we’d be making a major step forward.
In this strange political climate we’re in, the Bible seems to be getting tossed around an awful lot… I think it’s sick….
Christianity is not about saving people from their sins. It’s about expanding the sense of what it means to be human…What Christianity does is lift us beyond the survival mentality into a kind of humanity that can give itself away in love. That’s what the Jesus story is all about.
New Theists: Knowers, Not Believers by Rev. Michael Dowd, Huffington Post, 6/15/2012
Christians in Denial Over Evolution of Faith By Katherine T. Phan, ChristianPost.com, January 27, 2011
The Tragic Story of Christianity: How a Pacifist Religion Was Hijacked by Rabid Warmongering Elites By Gary G. Kohls, Consortium News, posted on Alternet.org, January 30, 2012 – From time to time, I read about condemnations of religion coming from non-religious groups, especially concerning the all-too-common violence perpetrated in the name of religious gods. Indeed there is plenty to condemn…Obvious examples include those portions of the three major war-justifying religions of the world: fundamentalist Islam, fundamentalist Judaism and fundamentalist Christianity. I use the term fundamentalist in the sense that the religious person, who ascribes to a fundamentalist point of view, believes, among other dogmatic belief, that their scriptures are inerrant and thus they can find passages in their holy books that justify homicidal violence against their perceived or fingered enemies, while simultaneously ignoring the numerous contradictory passages that forbid violence and homicide and instead prescribe love, hospitality, mercy, forgiveness and reconciliation. Behind the scenes, of course, there are hidden elites — amoral, politically and financially motivated operatives who are embedded in these religious organizations — who, through the strength of their political power, can easily manipulate the followers into clamoring for war, not against their enemies, but rather against the enemies of the ruling elites: the politicians, the financiers and the other exploiters of natural resources… critics of Christianity should start challenging the churches to go back to their roots where evil was not allowed to run rampant, but rather was aggressively and courageously resisted using the nonviolent methods of Jesus and his inspired disciples like Tolstoy, Gandhi, Dorothy Day, A. J. Muste, Martin Luther King, the Berrigan brothers, John Dear, Kathy Kelly and a multitude of other courageous prophetic voices…Jesus was definitely NOT a punitive, pro-death penalty, pro-militarism conservative. His power came not from the sword but from the power of love…That brand of Christianity definitely deserves condemnation… Church leaders need to repent of their support for (or their silence about) their nation’s state-sponsored terrorism and start acting ethically, as if the Sermon on the Mount mattered…
Christianity in Crisis by Andrew Sullivan, Newsweek, April 2, 2012
Why Young People Are Fleeing Conservative Evangelicalism By Eleanor J. Bader, RH Reality Check, February 9, 2012
Can Liberal Christianity Be Saved? By Ross Douthat, New York Times, July 14, 2012
Ross Douthat’s Rosy Old-Time Religion By Jerome E. Copulsky, Religion Dispatches, 2012
Does the Historical Jesus Matter? by Peter Laarman, ReligionDispatches.com, October 14, 2010