A letter to a friend from exile

Dear friend, At long last I write back. Forgive the delay. You ask, “What are you thinking lately?” To be honest, I feel my capacity to think about much in recent days has been greatly diminished. I’ve gotten overwhelmed by the numbing, unchanging situation that has hung on and on like a fog that justContinue reading “A letter to a friend from exile”

iMonk Classic: Letters to a Friend (parts 2-3)

Note from CM: Letters to a Friend was a series of posts Michael Spencer wrote in July 2007, responding to some comments from a Christian friend regarding theology, divisions and debates. Today we look at parts two and three of this series. • • • Friend says, “I reject the claims of various (evangelical) ChristianContinue reading “iMonk Classic: Letters to a Friend (parts 2-3)”

iMonk Classic: Letters to a Friend (part 1)

Note from CM: Letters to a Friend is a series of posts from 2007 that Michael Spencer wrote, responding to some comments of a Christian friend regarding theology, divisions and debates. This is part one. • • • Friend says, “I reject the claims of various (evangelical) Christian groups to be infallible, right about everythingContinue reading “iMonk Classic: Letters to a Friend (part 1)”

Re:Atheism

I received two letters this week from friends/readers asking for input and advice on relating to atheists in their workplace/families. It brought to mind a number of things I’ve been wanting to say about evangelicals and their take on atheism. When I was growing up in a fundamentalist Baptist church, the face of atheism wasContinue reading “Re:Atheism”

Advent With Ted the Loser

UPDATE: My apologies for what the discussion thread turned into on this post. Some things are just very hard to moderate because they aren’t nasty and they are tangentially on topic. Then you get to the point you realize the whole thread has been hijacked by points of view the opposite of what you wantedContinue reading “Advent With Ted the Loser”

Letters to a Friend 2: Infallibility

Letters to a Friend is a series of posts responding to some recent comments of a Christian friend regarding theology, divisions and debates. Friend says, “I reject the claims of various (evangelical) Christian groups to be infallible, right about everything and all other Christians except themselves wrong. This makes the entire business of theological debateContinue reading “Letters to a Friend 2: Infallibility”

Letters to a Friend: Divisions

Letters to a Friend is a series of posts responding to some recent comments of a Christian friend regarding theology, divisions and debates. Friend says, “I reject the claims of various (evangelical) Christian groups to be infallible, right about everything and all other Christians except themselves wrong. This makes the entire business of theological debateContinue reading “Letters to a Friend: Divisions”