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Righteous Abortion: How Conservative Christianity Promotes What It Claims to Hate

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One of the great ironies of American society is that most abortions in the U.S. are caused by conservative Christians. Read the statistics: Forty nine percent of pregnancies in this country are unintended, a rate that has been painfully stable for … Continue reading

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The Fragile Boundary Between Religion and Child Abuse

Valerie Tarico interviews Janet Heimlich, author of Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment. During eight years working for NPR, Heimlich never shied away from controversial topics. She won nine journalism awards, in part by doggedly exposing injustices in … Continue reading

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God’s Emotions 9: A Maker of Gods

Note:  This concludes the series, “God’s Emotions: Why the Biblical God is so Very Human.”  Parts 1-8  are available at this website, Awaypoint.wordpress.com. Man is, and always has been, a maker of gods. It has been the most serious and … Continue reading

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God’s Emotions 8: God Cares About What I Care About

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Note:  This is Part Eight in a series, “God’s Emotions: Why the Biblical God is so Very Human.”  Parts 1-7 are available at this website, Awaypoint.wordpress.com. You can safely assume you’ve created God in your own image when it turns … Continue reading

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God’s Emotions 7: The Stepford Jesus (Love and Narcissism)

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Note:  This is Part Seven in a series, “God’s Emotions: Why the Biblical God is so Very Human.”  Parts 1-6 are available at this website or at http://www.awaypoint.wordpress.com. I am human and I need to be loved, just like everybody … Continue reading

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God’s Emotions 5: A God with a Temper

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[Wicked men] are now the objects of that very same anger and wrath of God, that is expressed in the torments of hell. And the reason why they do not go down to hell at each moment, is not because … Continue reading

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God’s Emotions 4 – What are Emotions Anyways?

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The basic point I am making is that, in humans, emotions are neither a liability nor some superfluous fluff like the wings on an angel. They are practical mental processes that serve a purpose. And since the God of the Bible is described as having emotions, this fact alone raises some interesting questions. What exactly are emotions? How do they work? What are they for? And how do these details relate to our notions about God? Continue reading

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