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My name is Dave Daugherty. I live in Swartz Creek, Michigan and I'm newly and happily married. This blog is primarily a record of the things I think about and enjoy about pop culture and God. Enjoy.

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The idea that faith consists of signing on to a series of statements, such as “I believe in the Trinity” or “I believe that Jesus died for my sins” or “I believe that selfish genes rule!” and that somehow, by saying these things as sincerely as possible, I get “saved” or “enlightened” (the secular version of redemption) is crazy. Saying words is not the same thing as understanding what they mean, let alone living by them.

—Frank Schaeffer
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This is why Pascal’s wager, wherein one bets in favor of God rather than risking damnation, is one of the stupidest ideas ever articulated. If there is a God, He knows you were just a good betting man splitting the odds—insincere but scared.

—Frank Schaeffer
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After the Prodigal’s return, both brothers are with the father. Both brothers are in the same location, sharing the same reality: their father’s love. But because of the difference in the content of their characters, one finds the father’s love to be Heaven, and the other finds it to be Hell. Hell is a condition of loss. It’s not a place. “Hell” and “Heaven” are both experienced as the presence of God: the merciful experience joy, the merciless sorrow.

—Frank Schaeffer
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According to Girard, the Bible shows that violence does not come from God; rather, God sympathizes with victims. Seen this way, the incarnation incarnates God in the person of Jesus, in order to become himself a victim. God’s only earthly throne is a cross. His only “revenge” on his enemies is unconditional compassion and forgiveness. This view is the opposite of satisfying the blood lust of an angry god modeled on the pagan deities and the theological theories of atonement. Rather, the Incarnation and Christ’s murder points to the futility of violence and to the path of salvation through all encompassing empathy. Christ, in Girard’s view, was not the ultimate sacrifice but a rebuke by God of sacrificing anyone for anything… including some concept of “truth.” Rather than demanding some sort of justice, Christ sets the example of turning the other cheek. “Forgive them,” he asks for his killers.

—Frank Schaeffer (via gospelofthekingdom)

Sitting on my porch, watching birds, having a smoke.  It’s a decent evening, all things considered.

Sitting on my porch, watching birds, having a smoke.  It’s a decent evening, all things considered.