When I converted to Christianity in 1986, I attended a church whose founder had written books stating that true believers (the "invisible church") would be raptured within a generation of the re-establishment of the nation Israel.
I am not open to debating the merits of racism or bigotry of any kind. I am intolerant of ideological white supremacy, neo-nazism, rape, serial killing, and other cognitive systems that I recognize as intrinsically evil.
The physicist Michio Kaku claims that the possibility for time travel could be discovered through a precise mathematical exploration into the quantum realm.
Once upon a time, we identified more with the work that we did and the things that we made than we did with what we consumed. In overtly stratified societies, roles were easily delineated, and had the potential to provide a source of security and comfort
With so much complexity, constant change and consequent threats to privilege, power and identity occurring at a spectacular pace, the need for certainty and simplicity becomes not only real, but a necessary resolution for conquering the disorienting impact of fear.
I stumbled into fundamentalism by making a common assumption: I’d become a Christian because I wanted to know and follow the Truth, and being a fundamentalist merely meant adhering to the “fundamentals” of faith.
When compared with modern culture, Jesus really seems to get everything backwards. Any financial planner will tell you it is wise to plan for the future for the sake of your personal security. But if that is the basis of your security, Jesus is liable to call you out.
Prayer can be a touchy subject whether one is a Christian or not because in some sense it is really where your mettle is proven. Along my own path I've been subjected to a variety of practices, and still find it to be a difficult endeavor.
There is a lot of equivocation over the apparently ambiguous word "shame." In contemporary parlance, it has a psychological meaning which denotes a person's total identification with a negative behavior or transgressive status.
There is an Orthodox tradition that hell is the ongoing eternal presence of God experienced by those who have chosen not to be in communion with him.