Religion in the Classroom: A Video Reflection (1993)

Religion in the Classroom: A Video Reflection (1993) In 1993, during my teacher-credential training I produced this video to address the notion of how one might teach religion in the public school classroom. Even in 1993 this was a controversial subject and probably not something one should publish as one was trying to get employment in the school system. This video was also produced without … Continue reading Religion in the Classroom: A Video Reflection (1993)

In Bad Faith 22: Book Comment: God Is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens

I know, ugh. I just posted the following on GoodReads, which I consider a “comment” and not a “review” because, well that’s in the comment: So… people have done bad things in the name of religion. If that’s news to you then you live in a very special place. Conversely, if you think that religion is required for people to behave, that says more about … Continue reading In Bad Faith 22: Book Comment: God Is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens

JBB’s Final Thoughts Episode 12: Dear Mr. Atheist, Part 2: Talkin’ About Your Best Friend’s Marriage (IBF 21)

JBB’s Final Thoughts Episode 12: Dear Mr. Atheist, Part 2: Talkin’ About Your Best Friend’s Marriage (IBF 21): There’s more than two-sides to this debate and it’s certainly not about who has the IQ or Morality high ground. It is like talking about your best-friend’s marriage. Please check out one YouTube video that I stumbled upon during the production of this video podcast that is completely … Continue reading JBB’s Final Thoughts Episode 12: Dear Mr. Atheist, Part 2: Talkin’ About Your Best Friend’s Marriage (IBF 21)

JBB’s Final Thoughts Episode 10: Dear Mr. Atheist, Part 1 (IBF 20)

JBB’s Final Thoughts Episode 10: Dear Mr. Atheist, Part 1 (IBF 20). Religion and politics on the Internet, what could go wrong? My initial thought about the “Dear Mr. Atheist” viral video. Please check out the LetUsExplain response video. They do a great job addressing Joshua Feuerstein’s points (with a sense of humor, too) (IBF 20) MP3 Version iTunes Subscription Via Email RSS Reader Additional JBB’s … Continue reading JBB’s Final Thoughts Episode 10: Dear Mr. Atheist, Part 1 (IBF 20)

In Bad Faith 19: Jerry DeWitt’s Journey from the Known to the Unknown

I had the pleasure of attending a presentation by Jerry DeWitt last Fall, that was at the end of his book tour promoting, Hope After Faith. I felt a tad guilty that I hadn’t read his book at this point but going to the presentation was a good introduction to this former Pentecostal preacher who had chosen to embrace his skepticism. One of the interesting … Continue reading In Bad Faith 19: Jerry DeWitt’s Journey from the Known to the Unknown

Sister Mary Holywater and Friends [short story]

Intro: The original version of the following short story was written in 1984. I did some re-writing and re-editing before sharing it this week with my short stories group. The theme, if you cannot guess, was Catholic schools. Enjoy. “Good morning, sister.” “Have you read today’s lesson?” “Yes, I have sister.” I had glanced at it five minutes before walking into the room. “All right … Continue reading Sister Mary Holywater and Friends [short story]

JBB’s Final Thoughts Episode 4: Only 24-Hours Left, and It’s Not A Sale

JBB’s Final Thoughts Episode 4: Only 24-Hours Left, and It’s Not A Sale. Responding to The Morning Stream’s Scott Johnson & Brian Ibbott’s musings about what you’d do if you discovered there was only 24-hours left before the End of the world. For me, this naturally leads to questions about why we do what we do: out of fear of getting caught, or something else?   … Continue reading JBB’s Final Thoughts Episode 4: Only 24-Hours Left, and It’s Not A Sale

In Bad Faith 18: Accidental Miracles of History – A Review of Reza Aslan’s “Zealot”

Lately I’ve been reading books analyzing Religion and New Testament Christianity in particular; actually that’s nothing new for me. If I’m not indulging in some sci-fi than I’m usually reading the latest from several writers, such as Bart Ehrman or Karen Armstrong. One of the books I’ve recently read is by Reza Aslan, an Iranian-American academic who has attracted a lot of attention over the … Continue reading In Bad Faith 18: Accidental Miracles of History – A Review of Reza Aslan’s “Zealot”

JBB’s Final Thoughts Episode 3: Easter & Even More Spiritual Self-Examinations (IBF 17)

JBB’s Final Thoughts Episode 3: Easter & Even More Spiritual Self-Examinations (IBF 17). Easter-time religious & other self-examinations goes way back for me… and it’s a bit too simplistic to brush it all off as delusional. As usual, this story began before I was born and is so complicated and personal that, after trying to record it several times, I’ve resorted to writing it down first. … Continue reading JBB’s Final Thoughts Episode 3: Easter & Even More Spiritual Self-Examinations (IBF 17)