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I like the idea of religion as part of human evolu...

2013-02-15T17:55:58.827-05:00

I like the idea of religion as part of human evolution. I read the book you mentioned and found it compelling. I'm always fascinated by the technical side of narrative and meaning making (neurobiology) and the idea that we are agent seeking brains, but I think your ecological and sociological elements are worth exploring.



Brett, Definitely. I am going to journey outside ...

2013-02-15T13:35:13.945-05:00

Brett,

Definitely. I am going to journey outside the confines of Christianity on this because I want people to think about their own belief systems, not just the traditional ones.

I hope I don't get too far in the weeds.



Chris, I would be interested in more discussion o...

2013-02-15T13:34:04.199-05:00

Chris,

I would be interested in more discussion on this topic. Last time we talked (I was in NYC for a conference) you were much deeper in Evangelicalism. I would love to find out more about your journey (it is something I am wanting to hear about from journeyers).

My ethical theory is pretty simple here. It is purely utilitarian and based upon the effect the belief system/ practices have on the individual, the surrounding community, the world, etc.

I am intentionally trying to keep this simple because I think most of these discussions are high level and ignore that most people have these questions. I want to take some higher end philosophy and theological conversations people have and distill them into a set of ideas and practices normal people frustrated with religion can use.

I can understand why you bristle at the word. In fact, I admit it is less nuanced that I usually am, but I want to be stark to help people evaluate. Does that make sense?

Flannery O'Conner says she makes broad strokes because people can't see.

I am interested in your thoughts on all religious claims. I don't know the writer you speak of, but I think I would like it. I am heavily influenced by Robert Wright of Princeton. His book, The Evolution of God was very important to my way of thinking. He is a former Southern Baptist and now agnostic, but a fan of religion. He believes that religion has been on an evolutionary journey just like humanity.



Justin, That would be a good conversation. I thin...

2013-02-15T13:27:24.262-05:00

Justin,

That would be a good conversation. I think the contemplative tradition is important to Christianity moving forward as a tradition. I also think your man, Rohr is the key because much of what he is talking about is not traditional Christian spirituality. He is talking specifically about zen practices and beliefs without naming them as such.

I know some people that love him that would probably dismiss him if he came fully out of the closet on this issue.

I do think it is bigger than contemplative Christianity, but that is an important piece.



not sure why I misspelled Hanh, probably thinking ...

2013-02-15T13:25:01.227-05:00

not sure why I misspelled Hanh, probably thinking of Indian food.



Kerry, You may like where I am going. I would lov...

2013-02-15T13:24:21.834-05:00

Kerry,

You may like where I am going. I would love to hear more about your journey. I am a fan of Nanh, but haven't read that book.

What did you like about it? We can take this offline, if you want.

R



i like the idea of giving up bad religion and very...

2013-02-14T11:05:48.134-05:00

i like the idea of giving up bad religion and very much like the four questions and the emphasis they bring at the bottom - that is something we should all be called towards - something about Love God, Love people and all the rest is commentary i believe...



Hey Rick, At this point I'm skeptical of all ...

2013-02-13T22:07:32.839-05:00

Hey Rick,

At this point I'm skeptical of all religious claims (and non-religious as well), so I'm looking forward to how you define religion and what you propose. I'm also looking forward to a book by JL Schellenberg on evolutionary religion and what his proposal is since he thinks religion may have gotten stuck and we could be at the cusp of it progressing again.

I also have a couple of thoughts. What ethical theory would you use to define "good" or "bad" for a religion? Doesn't each religion necessarily infer that it is "good" since its own ethical theory is used to justify itself? Basically, someone claiming that their religion is good seems to be a circular claim if the ethical theory used to justify its "goodness" is foundational. Maybe "good" has the wrong connotation for me. I wonder if it would be helpful to talk about religion in other terms, like healthy or unhealthy.

Best,

Chris



Rick, I like what you have posted for a number of ...

2013-02-13T17:17:07.031-05:00

Rick, I like what you have posted for a number of reasons. I'd love to talk to you more about it and think that unless the church reclaims the contemplative dimension, it will continue to drive people away. J



Rick, I enjoyed reading this and I'm intereste...

2013-02-13T15:09:23.010-05:00

Rick, I enjoyed reading this and I'm interested to read what comes next. I'm a big fan of "The Miracle of Mindfulness," so if Thich Nhat Hanh is an influence on the next installment I expect that I'll like it. - Kerry



Completely agree with your top three. The other t...

2011-12-29T14:59:35.503-05:00

Completely agree with your top three. The other two, I have to give them a listen and respond. I've been a fan of Strumpel since Elephants. Found Josh Garrels on a random download when picking up a Jars album on NoiseTrade and it soon became one of my most listened to albums. What can be said more about John Mark McMillan. Reminiscent of early ballads by Mike Rowe and Mark Heard. Great job on your list and synopsis. Thanks for spreading the word about great music in all genres. You have a gift of discernment (seasoned with just enough skepticism to keep your reviews interesting enough I want to read them, even when I disagree)



Piper did express good will to Rob Bell after Bell...

2011-10-07T12:53:25.318-04:00

Piper did express good will to Rob Bell after Bell announced he'll be stepping down as pastor.



Toy, Its my favorite also:)

2011-09-26T17:30:01.907-04:00

Toy,

Its my favorite also:)



how about, not commenting. I am glad I made you wa...

2011-09-26T15:53:25.404-04:00

how about, not commenting. I am glad I made you waste your valuable time. Next time you should be more productive during the day, working instead of looking at satirical blogs and snarking with little "humor."

I like insults. I just like it when they are funny and not anonymous.



To buy, as in purchase is spelled BUY... NOT by (#...

2011-09-26T15:51:13.098-04:00

To buy, as in purchase is spelled BUY... NOT by (#2)

After reading your "article" referring to yourself as a reporter, I thought of my own 8 things I would have rather done with my time.

8 - mow my lawn
7 - mow my neighbors lawn
6 - wash my hair
5 - clean the toilets at the United Center
4 - sit in a "decor" meeting for a new church construction
3 - go to the mall to "window shop"
2 - watch Fox News
1 - anything but read your post



#7 is my favorite

2011-09-26T11:58:36.841-04:00

#7 is my favorite



hey do you know if this is really true?? Rob Bell...

2011-09-23T21:49:07.954-04:00

hey do you know if this is really true??

Rob Bell Leaving Mars Hill http://goo.gl/cD6eM

i just read this article?? looking for more info dude.

thanks

john



why don't you star concentrating on this: http...

2011-09-23T14:30:46.118-04:00

why don't you star concentrating on this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zr0RgqxadTI



Jesus didn't seem to need a lot of degrees in ...

2011-09-17T08:29:11.021-04:00

Jesus didn't seem to need a lot of degrees in order to speak truth. But what do I know, I just have an MDiv.



I am not sure why I feel this urgency to rush to P...

2011-08-31T07:39:04.756-04:00

I am not sure why I feel this urgency to rush to Piper's defense. I have been a student of John Piper's for thirteen years and am appalled at the comments concerning him being arrogant and pompous. His ministry, in the hands of the Holy Spirit, has awakened me to know and savor Christ more fully. Humility covers every word he says. As one who has heard 100s of sermons and read many of his books... I easily accept his explanation of using poetic Old English. That is how Piper speaks. He may be a "Calvinist" but he upholds the Word of God as such, the Word of God, more than any teacher I've had the privilidge of learning from. And I earnestly encourage you to spend a little time getting to know his ministry before dismissing him. www.desiringgod.org



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2011-08-27T03:18:56.536-04:00

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"Fare well" LOL

2011-08-05T13:55:40.089-04:00

"Fare well" LOL



Impressive post....steroids

2011-08-03T09:44:19.192-04:00

Impressive post....steroids



Great writing! Piper has spent too much time in t...

2011-06-08T22:09:53.463-04:00

Great writing!

Piper has spent too much time in the spotlight as the darling of the "reformed" church (didn't that happen a few hundred years ago?). I thought his comment so rude and dismissive. He meant EXACTLY what he said or he would have posted a second message correcting. This means he LYING.



I had never heard of John Piper until now. Just h...

2011-05-25T00:58:57.387-04:00

I had never heard of John Piper until now. Just heard about this controversy. Havn't read the book either. Just googled their names to see what it was about and I have to say, I do not like John Piper's comments either. I agree about his 'credentials' comments. He sounds extremely conceited to me and I cannot imagine Jesus saying anything so boastful and on top of that, Jesus' disciples did not have John Pipers credentials either, however the Pharisees would have had the equivalent.