Posts under "Love and Altruism"

Revolutionary Love

March 22nd, 2017 / 2 Comments

We need a revolution.  Actually, we need revolutions (plural). The status quo must be overcome. I don’t pretend to think we will all agree upon the precise strategies that might best overcome destructive ways of living. Nor do I think we will all agree about which dimensions of life, structures of society, or ways of loving need […]

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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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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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The Love of God in Daily Life

August 26th, 2016 / No Comments

Guest Post by Jeffrey Wattles Talk about an idea with implications for how we live! If I believe that God—the good, true, and beautiful universal creator; mightier than all others; the only One who exerts might upon all that exists; the ultimate source of might for all others—loves me, then I want to experience this. […]

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Rapunzel’s God

August 23rd, 2016 / No Comments

Guest Post by Nathan Croy The story of Rapunzel describes the inverse relation between faith and fear. Rapunzel is a beautiful young girl who is locked away in a tower. She’s fed a consistent diet of lies about the dangers of the outside world. The lies are told to keep her physically, emotionally, and psychologically trapped. […]

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My Struggle with Uncontrolling Love

August 9th, 2016 / 2 Comments

Guest Post by Jason Newman   We all want to love and be loved. Most of all, we want to believe that God is Love. But as I read through Thomas Jay Oord’s new book, The Uncontrolling Love of God, I found myself struggling. It took me a couple days to figure out why. Oord’s […]

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Superheroes and Fantasies of Power

August 4th, 2016 / No Comments

Guest post by Rick Quinn Sometimes pop culture sandwiches a little personal introspection in between massive helpings of mindless entertainment. In the recent comic book themed movie, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the antagonist Lex Luthor expresses his antipathy toward Superman in the language of a classical dilemma: How can we call God and […]

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Perfect Love, Fear, and the U.S. Elections

August 1st, 2016 / No Comments

Thanks primarily to Donald Trump’s rhetoric, some Christians have been quoting the Apostle John lately: “perfect love casts out fear.” I’m no Trump supporter, but I think these words have been misinterpreted. What they actually mean can help us during this election season! To be clear, I think love often takes risks. It often includes […]

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