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Robert A. Baker on Being ‘Pre-prayered’

Today’s Our Periodic Pasta: “What happens when the same number of people pray for something as pray against it? How does God decide whose prayer to answer?…This spring when a small Kentucky town won the State High School Girl’s Basketball crown, the town’s newspaper, as well as the largest newspaper in Kentucky, gave credit for

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Is Harold Camping a Christian Stereotype?

Harold Camping in 2008

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On Saturday (one day after Harold Camping’s predicted Day of Judgment) one of my Facebook friends posted the following status update:

The world didn’t end. I never thought it would. Remember not to stereotype Christians for this. Most of us are sane and normal.

On the one hand many Christians ostensibly want to distance themselves from the doomsday speak of Harold Camping because it is pure bat-shit lunacy, yet their faith presupposes that Judgment Day will be upon us some day, so why is it considered insane for someone to believe that said Judgment Day is imminent? Is it just because he pin-pointed Judgment Day it to a specific date that Harold Camping is a misrepresentation of the Christian faith? Is it truly accurate on this basis to categorize Harold Camping as a negative stereotype for believers? A survey conducted by Pew Research last year clearly suggests otherwise.

In its survey, Pew found that by the year 2050, 41% of Americans believe that Jesus Christ definitely (23%) or probably (18%) will have returned to earth. (Not 41% of Christians; 41% of all Americans!) Amongst white Evangelical Christians that 41% figure jumps to 58%, and lest Catholics be tempted to boast of their rational immunity to such fundamentalist views, you can see below that nearly one out of three Catholics shares the same view as their Evangelical counterparts.

What Camping predicted would happen on 5/21/2011 most Protestant Christians believe will happen sometime by the year 2050. So no, Harold Camping is not a negative stereotype of Christianity. To the contrary he’s a prototype for its mainstream faith-based and revelation-derived truth claims.

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The Theology of Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga — the queer icon and pop sensation — is setting off the Christian right again. In her new song and video, “Judas,” Lady Gaga sings over and over, “I’m in love with Judas,” referring to the reviled disciple who betrays Jesus Christ for 30 pieces of silver. Is there anything redemptive, theologically speaking, about this song and video? (link)

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They forgot the very first failed Christian end-times prediction: ca. 1st century CE (i.e., the original prophecies of Jesus and the apostles). For more, read here.

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Bishop John Shelby Spong on the Resurrection

Bishop John Shelby Spong, Episcopal Diocese of...

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If the resurrection of Jesus cannot be believed except by assenting to the fantastic descriptions included in the Gospels, then Christianity is doomed. For that view of resurrection is not believable, and if that is all there is, then Christianity, which depends upon the truth and authenticity of Jesus’ resurrection, also is not believable.

-Bishop John Shelby Spong, Resurrection: Myth or Reality?

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The Resurrection: A Historian’s Perspective

Bart Ehrman is a New Testament scholar who graduated from Wheaton College, studied at Moody Bible Institute, and received his M.Div. and PhD from Princeton. Take a few minutes to check this out:

A Personal Relationship With Jesus, Visualized

Many Christians will contend that the view presented in this video is a distortion of what it really means to have a personal relationship with Jesus. And in doing so they further prove the point. This belief is a mainstay of the faith for many Christians these days. Take this Evangelical Christian website, for example, which states:

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