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"We need more Dead Skunks" (In the middle of the road) By James B. Ford
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“We need more Dead Skunks” is a short book of newspaper-style columns. Titles for the chapters (or “columns”) include: George Patton, Sunday School teacher; Imagine Jesus... More > as a teenager; An alternate view of Jesus feeding the 5,000; and The movie “Titanic” and suspending disbelief. These columns include end-notes, which give the facts that support the writer’s contentions. For example, this is from one end-note: [T]he lesson Jesus wanted to get across may have been that if we stopped being so “normally greedy,” we could solve the hunger problem ourselves. We wouldn’t have to rely on “divine intervention.” But in the end, maybe it’s more comforting and comfortable to believe that it’s God’s responsibility, and He just hasn’t done anything about it yet. And finally, the main message of these seven columns is that you have a choice. For you, the Bible can offer either a spiritual straitjacket, or it can offer you a set of “spiritual wings.”< Less
Jesus Christ, Public Defender By James B. Ford
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This book explores how Christianity USED TO BE much like those “exotic Eastern religions” that were all the rage back in the 1970s. Similar in having a hard core of practical mysticism by... More > which a student can deal with life “in a unified manner.” It’s about understanding the Bible and applying it to your everyday life. About looking at the Bible in new and different ways that can “invigorate and release you.” It explores two key questions: “What happens when I die,” and “How can I live a life of abundance?” (“How can I live a life of happiness, a life fulfilled, a life filled with zest and gusto, and at the same time a life of serenity and inner peace?”) Some sample titles: Chapter 5, "How daily Bible reading can be an ongoing 'transcendental' meditation; Chapter 6, "Sin and Psycho-cybernetics;" and Chapter 8, "The Bible, Yoga, and Zen." In short, the book explores the "rich tradition of mysticism in both Christianity and Judaism."< Less
There's no such thing as a Conservative Christian By James B. Ford
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Remember 2008, when Rick Santorum said "there’s no such thing as a liberal Christian?" This book is a bit of "turnabout is fair play," of making things even out... It'll... More > get you started reading the Bible with an open mind, per Jesus in Luke 24:45: “Then He OPENED THEIR MINDS so they could understand the Scriptures.” Credentials? The author is on his 13th trip through the Bible; he's read it "daily" for 26 years now. On the way he's learned things he could never have imagined. (Like how - at the Battle of Rephidim - Moses was the first guy to say "It's only weird if it doesn't work." Like the old Bud Light commercial...) The book notes that reading the Bible on a daily basis – with an open mind – means being “transformed.” A Bible dictionary says that means to "metamorphose; as a caterpillar transformed into a butterfly." But conservative Christians don't WANT change. They like their cocoon of literalism. Get out of your cocoon. Become your true "butterfly..."< Less
Seminole Mascot: Osceola, the Seminole Tribe, and their celebration by Florida State University By James B. Ford
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"Seminole Mascot" is on the Native American mascot controversy. In that controversy, FSU's fans, students and alumni, are all deemed “racist.” And at least one activist has... More > called the Seminole “hang around the fort Indians,” because they let FSU use their name. And so some activists put this controversy in terms of “good against evil.” The evil - of course - is the unfeeling, all-encompassing “White Oppressor.” But the truth seems a bit more complex, as explored in the 27 chapters of this book. Each chapter is no more than three pages long, including notes, and is modeled after a newspaper-style column. These 27 columns explore topics including the conflict between cherished First Amendment freedoms. For example, here free speech is pitted against the right of a people to have their "sacred images" treated with respect. Through it all there is much to learn from the "unconquered Seminole," prime examples of the kind of "freedom and defiance" we could use about now.< Less

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