Reimagining Adventism, Part 4B: God and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism, Part 4B: God and Absurdity

The Christian God is a being of terrific character - cruel, vindictive, capricious and unjust. - Thomas Jefferson What are we talking about when we talk about God? The answer differs depending on who you are and who you are interacting with. For the traditional Christian talking about God revolves around exploring his attributes such as omnipotence

Reimagining Adventism, Part 4a: God and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism, Part 4a: God and Absurdity

"Because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord… I have lost all things." — Paul   The absurdity of life is an experience—or a way of being—that many of us born and raised in Christianity are entirely unfamiliar with. We can dialogue back and forth about it in an abstract sense, but we can never truly experience it. However, t

9 Truths the Creation Account Teaches Us

9 Truths the Creation Account Teaches Us

“Adam and Eve never existed!” It was my first week of class in a Christian university. The professor was an old man with a heavy accent, denoting his Belgian origin. During his first class, he stated a belief that I had already heard rumors of but never witnessed personally: “The first three chapters of the book of Genesis are a myth! It never happ

Did He Who Made the Lamb Make Thee?

Did He Who Made the Lamb Make Thee?

“The Tyger,” quoted above, is a stunning and sublime work of poetry by the English romantic painter, poet, and printmaker William Blake. But beyond its beauty, it probes into one of the most troubling existential questions of life: the dual presence of beauty and horror, pleasure and pain, happiness and misery, goodness and viciousness. Though the

Ryan Bell and Liberal Theologies

Ryan Bell and Liberal Theologies

Over the past 12 months, hundreds of news outlets and blog sites have covered Ryan Bell’s “gut-wrenching decision” to leave behind his faith and embrace atheism. Nothing, however, gives us a glimpse inside Bell’s mind like the article he penned for CNN himself. He writes, I questioned the problem of evils and God's general silence and inactivity. I