JBB’s Final Thoughts Episode 10: Dear Mr. Atheist, Part 1 (IBF 20)

JBB’s Final Thoughts Episode 10: Dear Mr. Atheist, Part 1 (IBF 20). Religion and politics on the Internet, what could go wrong? My initial thought about the “Dear Mr. Atheist” viral video. Please check out the LetUsExplain response video. They do a great job addressing Joshua Feuerstein’s points (with a sense of humor, too) (IBF 20) MP3 Version iTunes Subscription Via Email RSS Reader Additional JBB’s … Continue reading JBB’s Final Thoughts Episode 10: Dear Mr. Atheist, Part 1 (IBF 20)

IBF 19: Jerry DeWitt’s Journey from the Known to the Unknown

I had the pleasure of attending a presentation by Jerry DeWitt last Fall, that was at the end of his book tour promoting, Hope After Faith. I felt a tad guilty that I hadn’t read his book at this point but going to the presentation was a good introduction to this former Pentecostal preacher who had chosen to embrace his skepticism. One of the interesting … Continue reading IBF 19: Jerry DeWitt’s Journey from the Known to the Unknown

IBF 18: Accidental Miracles of History – A Review of Reza Aslan’s “Zealot”

Lately I’ve been reading books analyzing Religion and New Testament Christianity in particular; actually that’s nothing new for me. If I’m not indulging in some sci-fi than I’m usually reading the latest from several writers, such as Bart Ehrman or Karen Armstrong. One of the books I’ve recently read is by Reza Aslan, an Iranian-American academic who has attracted a lot of attention over the … Continue reading IBF 18: Accidental Miracles of History – A Review of Reza Aslan’s “Zealot”

JBB’s Final Thoughts Episode 3: Easter & Even More Spiritual Self-Examinations (IBF 17)

JBB’s Final Thoughts Episode 3: Easter & Even More Spiritual Self-Examinations (IBF 17). Easter-time religious & other self-examinations goes way back for me… and it’s a bit too simplistic to brush it all off as delusional. As usual, this story began before I was born and is so complicated and personal that, after trying to record it several times, I’ve resorted to writing it down first. … Continue reading JBB’s Final Thoughts Episode 3: Easter & Even More Spiritual Self-Examinations (IBF 17)

Mom and Sunday Only Faith

The following was part of a response I gave to a student blog post from our reading of the book The Art of Possibility: My mom gave little credence to those whose faith only existed on Sundays and only in words spoken in church. If you believe in something it should show in the rest of your life was her challenge and it sounds like … Continue reading Mom and Sunday Only Faith

In Bad Faith 14: 40-Years Too Soon

I just figured it out. No offense to my friends-of-faith, but I’m amazed at all of my high-school classmates whom I’ve become reacquainted with via FaceBook who post declarations of strong faith on their FaceBook feed. My first reaction was, really, this person? It’s not that I have any doubts that what they’re expressing isn’t their genuine convictions. It’s just that, well, back in high … Continue reading In Bad Faith 14: 40-Years Too Soon