Tag Archives: Tolerance

Excuse me, is that a log in your eye?

And slay them wherever you may come upon them, and drive them away from wherever they drove you away… (Qur’an 2: 191) One of the most common arguments I’ve encountered regarding why Islam is an inherently violent religion is that the Qur’an … Continue reading

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A FASTPASS to Heaven?

I just got back from a  family vacation to Disney World. The trip was a great success for several reasons, including the fact that the kids are at the optimal age and that the crowds were not quite as bad as they would have … Continue reading

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On a Slippery Slope to Big Love?

Last week was a big one for the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. (the denomination to which I belong). After years of debate, the majority of the church’s 173 regional associations (referred to as “Presbyteries”) have finally agreed to a rule change that … Continue reading

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Civil Discourse or Righteous Rage?

I’m going to do something a little different in this post.  Those of you who’ve been reading my blog for awhile may have noticed that I usually have a pretty strong opinion on whatever issue I have chosen to discuss. However, … Continue reading

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Is the Bible just another good book?

One of my all-time favorite works of literature is The Master and Margarita by the great 20th century Russian author Michael Bulgakov. This work, which was first recommended to me by my Russian language professor in college, is a masterpiece … Continue reading

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On Fatwas and Familiarity…

Last night, approximately thirty women gathered at my house to listen to the ‘faith journey’ of one young Muslim woman named Sara. This gathering, sponsored by the Presbyterian women’s group at my church, was the second in a series of … Continue reading

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