Stumbling Toward Heaven

Growing Up Catholic (1952 – 1971) Although my soul is no longer in her keeping, I owe my physical existence to the Roman Catholic Church and her pro-life teachings. I was born the second of five chi...

Theodicky (Repost)

[In light of the recent events in Japan, and of some of the reaction I’ve seen from Christians who want to exploit this as an opportunity to preach about hell, an old post of mine has unfortunat...

an [ad hoc] Interview with Thom

My interview with Steve Douglas, Matthew Raymer and Travis Jacobs from [ad hoc] Christianity is now online. Click here to go to the [ad hoc] Christianity Podcast blog page for our interview. To direct...

When We All Get to Heaven

If it weren’t for Facebook, I would have missed the flap over Rob Bell this past weekend. Here’s the story in a nutshell: Bell’s publishing company released a trailer for Bell’...

The Cold Shoulder

I’ve started and stopped writing this post at least half a dozen times. I’ve invested something like 10,000 words into it and here I am starting over again.  I’m not a perfectionist or temperam...

On First Love

Why do I remain in the Church? When this question was posted to me, I was taken aback for a moment. When one endures, survives, ekes out an existence on the fringes for so long, the question of “why...

Don’t Shed a Tear for Me

When and if I arrive at heaven’s gates, I will have so many questions prior to entry that I can imagine the other tired and weary souls in line behind me will undoubtedly become irritated. I will as...

Subverting the Sacred

Introduction After briefly situating sociologist and theologian Ali Shariʿati historically and geopolitically within the context of pre-revolutionary Iran in the 1960s and 70s, this paper will procee...

The White Light Festival

When the applause died down and the lights went up, I sat in my seat at the center of the front row spellbound by the performance of Judith I had just seen. I’d heard her anxiety, her praye...

Nick Fiedler Interviews Thom Stark

My interview with Nick Fiedler from the Nick and Josh Podcast is now online. There’s a few minutes of humorous banter between Nick and Josh before the interview gets going. We talk about my book...