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The Best is Yet to Be?

January 1st, 2017 / No Comments

The idea that life could get better strikes some as naïve. With recent elections, wars and their chaotic aftermath, looming ecological disasters, and more, it seems absurd that things can get better.  Some even say things inevitably getting worse. I disagree. The Pessimists Pessimists will admit that improvement of a certain sort can be made.  […]

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My Response to John Sanders

December 12th, 2016 / 5 Comments

In an article published recently in the Wesleyan Theological Journal, John Sanders raises concerns about and criticizes my theological proposals in The Uncontrolling Love of God. In this essay, I answer his criticisms and explain my views in greater depth. Introduction The problem of evil is conundrum for those who believe in God. Unsolved, it […]

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2 Giveaways and 1 Request

November 26th, 2016 / 2 Comments

I have two theology giveaways and one book award contest request. FIRST GIVEAWAY I’m giving away 2 autographed theology books to a lucky winner selected randomly. Click here to enter. The first theology book is a first edition, autographed copy of John B. Cobb, Jr.’s influential book, A Christian Natural Theology. The book was published 50 years ago! […]

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Thanksgiving and the Uncontrolling God

November 23rd, 2016 / No Comments

The Thanksgiving holiday is a terrific time to talk theology. But some theologies make more sense when offering thanks to God. Whether the setting is private or public, secular or sacred, hundreds of millions express gratitude. For what, however, are we to thank God? What credit is due the divine? And which theologies best account for […]

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Biology and the Freedom to Love

November 1st, 2016 / 19 Comments

In recent decades, biology has moved to the fore of love research.  The role of evolution, the function of genes, selection pressures, and group interaction play a prominent role in contemporary biological discussions of the possibility and nature of love. 

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Gender Inclusive Language

October 27th, 2016 / No Comments

It has become acceptable in some circles to ridicule attempts to be “politically correct.” One prime example of such political correctness, say some, is use of gender-inclusive language. Communication Communication is a two-way street.  It involves the communicator’s choice of language and a recipient’s interpretation of that language. Communication occurs in a polis, or what we […]

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Posted in Love and Altruism

Free EBook: The Science of Love (Templeton Press)

October 13th, 2016 / 2 Comments

Madonna, Perry Como, and the Powerpuff Girls sing songs titled, “Love Makes the World Go ‘Round.”  The phrase represents wishful thinking, starry-eyed romance, and sappiness.  To some, it conjures visions of Don Quixote chasing windmills. But that phrase means something else to me. A few theologians suggest that the phrase might tell us something about […]

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Untrustworthy God

October 13th, 2016 / No Comments

Guest Post by Kaitlyn Haley I sat in a stiff backed wooden chair; a counselor with kind, generous eyes sat across from me. I felt my back hunching under the weight of the embarrassment discovered when theological theory meets raw human pain and proceeds to shatter the image I had once perceived of God: the […]

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Miracle Quotas

October 7th, 2016 / No Comments

Guest Post by Jeff Skinner Is there a limit to the number of miracles per person? I hope not because we’re praying for yet another one! My sister-in-law, Josie, is dying for the fifth time. Her first brush with death came one Easter Sunday when she collapsed in the shower preparing for church. She had […]

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