by Bil Aulenbach

theology

Invented Gods: The Great Magician

This is the final part of a six-part series about the many different invented gods that Christians worship. Personally, I prefer to worship Creation. You can find Part 1 here, and Part 2 here, Part 3 here, Part 4 here, and Part 5 here

I have asked Christians why they believe in their versions of God and Jesus.… Read more >

Invented Gods: The Great Planner

This is the fifth part of a six-part series about the many different invented gods that Christians worship. Personally, I prefer to worship Creation. You can find Part 1 here, and Part 2 here, Part 3 here, and Part 4 here

Many see God as the Great Planner or Master Puppeteer who masterminds every detail of all seven billion–plus human lives on earth.… Read more >

Invented Gods: Mr. Fix-It

This is the third part of a six-part series about the many different invented gods that Christians worship. Personally, I prefer to worship Creation. You can find Part 1 here and Part 2 here.

I suspect you have heard people say “Turn your troubles over to God,” implying he will fix them.” I’ve also heard “God save the King or Queen” or “God bless America” or “God bless you” or “God loves you.”

How about “Jesus died for your sins” or “Jesus saves”?… Read more >

Invented Gods: Big Daddy

This is the second part of a six-part series about the many different invented gods that Christians worship. Personally, I prefer to worship Creation. You can find Part 1 here.

I have a difficult time saying the Lord’s Prayer—for many reasons.

  1. Jesus never said the prayer we use in church, which is in English and has Christian stuff added in.
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Invented Gods: Man’s Invention

This is the first part of a six-part series about the many different invented gods that Christians worship. Personally, I prefer to worship Creation.

About a year ago, I taught a three-session class at the University of California, Irvine, Division of Continuing Education about the historical Jesus. About seventy people attended.Read more >

I’d Flunk Out of Seminary Today: Part 5

This is the fifth part of a six-part series about an imaginary journey to an Episcopal seminary where I ask hard questions about Christianity and priesthood. Without twenty-first-century answers, I may have to drop out. You can find Part 1 here, Part 2 here, Part 3 here, and Part 4 here.Read more >

What’s a Soul?

One day in a class at church, someone brought up the idea of the soul, starting a conversation about souls and what they do after we die. I listened for a while and then asked, “What is a soul?” For the next half hour, we discussed souls.

Allow me to share some of the ideas I heard and, in parentheses, I’ll share what my mind was saying to me.… Read more >

Neutered Old Men

A friend gave me What Pope Francis Really Said (Servant Press, 2016). Interesting book! Now, mind you, I like Pope Francis. He’s a breath of fresh air and an inspiration, especially compared to the last two popes who were trying to move the church back to the fourteenth century.

However, for me, the jury is still out on whether he’s a game-changing pope or not.… Read more >

Can Someone Please Help Me?

Someone must have an answer. I need one, quickly. Maybe one of our many Evangelical Christian (EC) relatives can help me. The polls suggest that over 90 percent of ECs voted for Trump to be the forty-fifth president of our country.

Here’s my first question: What did you honestly think when Mr.… Read more >