Monthly Archives: December 2009

Books Openers: Harvey Cox — You Don’t Have to Believe to Be a Christian

I’d like to recommend Harvey Cox’s newest book to all my non-believer friends. So many of the sophisticated, highly educated people I know labor under the assumption that they have to believe – to assent intellectually to – the factuality of traditional Christian teaching. They don’t. And here’s why: The idea of a fixed creed to which a true Christian must subscribe dates back, not to the life of Jesus, but to the emperor Constantine.

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GodsBigBlog: When It Comes to Religion, Americans Like to Mix and Match

Catholic? Lutheran? Evangelical? Buddhist? New Age? Americans aren’t as brand-loyal as they used to be when it comes to church attendance and ideas about the spiritual realm. Americans religious beliefs and practices simply don’t fit into traditional categories any more, according to a new poll by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life

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A Case of the Human Condition: Snow in California

Apparently, it snowed last night on our little hill in Oakland. There was snow all over the place at 11 a.m. — on cars, on the lawn around a local hilltop swimming pool, on Mt. Diablo to the East, and dripping and plopping off the trees.

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