Category Archives: Sophisticated Theology

The Pope answers a vexing question: what did God do before he made the world?

I wonder if Pope Francis was speaking ex cathedra when he figured out, as recounted in a new book for kids, what God was doing before He made the world. I have, in fact, often wondered that myself. There was eternity before there was the Earth, and unless there were an eternity of multiverses before […]

Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ obscurantism

This week’s Jesus and Mo strip, called “words,” is said by the artist to be inspired by a post of philosopher Stephen Law, “Pseudo-profundity—from ‘Believing Bullshit.” Believing Bullshit is Law’s own book published in 2011, and I hope to read it before too long. His post is in fact one chapter of that book, so you can read it to see if […]

Templeton’s at it again, wasting money promoting Christianity

Not long ago, an executive with the John Templeton Foundation (JTF) invited me to dinner on his dime. His aim was twofold: to discuss my latest book, which he was going to review (clearly not positively!), and, more important, to convince me that I had the Foundation all wrong: that it wasn’t really interested in advancing religion, […]

Sophisticated theologians squabble like two-year-olds over whether divorced Catholics can get communion

I won’t belabor this matter except that the article describing it, written by Thomas Reese at the National Catholic Reporter, explicitly mentions “Sophisticated Theologians™”—that rarefied group of thinkers who always provide the Best Arguments for God. It turns out that there’s just been a Roman Catholic Synod, one of whose aims was to decide what God wanted to do with […]

Karl Giberson is still fighting a rearguard battle against Adam and Eve

The link to a new PuffHo piece by (Formerly Uncle) Karl Giberson,”Fundamentalists think that science is atheism,” came from reader Alan, who commented: “[Karl’s] still trying to deal with Adam & Eve, poor guy.” And indeed, besides flogging Giberson’s new book, Saving the Original Sinner: How Christians Have Used the Bible’s First Man to Oppress, Inspire, and Make […]

A theology graduate speaks about our supposed need to learn moar theology before criticizing religion

Yesterday I posted a reader’s beef from someone named “heavymetalvomitparty,” who said that my opinions on God, theology, and philosophy were worthless since I was neither monk, priest, nor philosopher.  Be that as it may, we have a comment on the same thread by one “solnedgangman,” who wrote at length, and whose comment I decided to […]

More nonsense at NPR about God

I am frankly amazed that National Public Radio (NPR) would publish this mushy reconception of religion, for it’s worse than that purveyed by apophatists like Karen Armstrong. In fact, Nancy Ellen Abrams, who is flogging her new book A God that Could Be Real: Sprirituality, Science, and the Future of our Planet, was given two mini-essays in […]

The worst accommodationism EVER: Nancy Abrams says that God is naturalism (sort of)

All the good that Salon has done by publishing the eloquent antitheist essays by Jeffrey Tayler has been wiped away for good by a new essay on the site, “You’re praying to the wrong God: What organized religion gets wrong about prayer.”  It’s by Nancy Abrams, and is an excerpt from her new book A God […]

A writer for CNN debates whether Judas is in hell

Bloody hell, just when you think the Cable News Network (CNN) may have some redeeming features, it publishes a piece of such mind-boggling stupidity that you scratch your head in wonderment. Such a piece is Craig Gross’s new Easter lucubration, “Is Judas in hell?” Read it—it’s short. And after you do, I’ll be you’ll wonder why CNN would […]

Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ Karen Armstrong

Today’s Jesus and Mo, called “Ineffable,” takes a poke at those hypocritical Sophisticated Theologians™ who claim that we can’t say anything about God, for he’s a Great Apophatic Mystery, but then go ahead and tell us all kinds of things about who he is (loving, ubiquitous, etc.) and what he wants. (And yes, I’m talking […]


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