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Aaron Daniel Taylor is the producer of We Know Not What We Do, a film currently in production. He also blogs at

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Hollywood Has an Arab problem

(0) Comments | Posted February 1, 2015 | 12:00 AM

A time-honored myth is the idea that Hollywood is a bastion of politically correct liberal media elites, accepting of everyone except for white, heterosexual males. Hollywood doesn't like people like me, a white male that tries to follow Jesus and takes the New Testament seriously, so I'm told. That's partially...

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Where's the Outrage Over African Lives?

(10) Comments | Posted January 15, 2015 | 3:03 PM

I hate to rain on the parade, but there's something that's been bothering me about the march in Paris over the weekend. Of course I'm all for anti-terrorism and freedom of speech, and I liked seeing people of different faiths, or no faith at all, marching together for a common...

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The Things We Should Be Doing Anyway

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 9:58 AM

I wasn't meditating on a mountaintop when the idea came to produce a documentary about climate change. I was at a Rudy's Barbecue. My wife and I had just moved to the Albuquerque area. I had been traveling the world for years doing missionary work. While we enjoyed the life...

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What I Dread Telling My Black Son

(32) Comments | Posted July 22, 2013 | 5:05 PM

It's nearly 11 p.m. I'm sitting upstairs in my recliner typing away on my laptop, trying to figure out which words will follow the next. What I really want to be doing is holding my 4-year old son. I want to rest his head against my shoulders and cling to...

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Django Jesus, Evangelical Peacemakers and What I've (Maybe) Been Doing Wrong All These Years

(22) Comments | Posted March 8, 2013 | 10:44 AM

Once again, the item that was in my head has turned out to be starkly different than what I've chosen to write down. I was planning on writing a post today about why I think it's hypocritical that so many pistol-packing, "Christian" Zionist, neo-conservative, right-wing Christians are up in arms...

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An Adoptive Father Thinking About Moses

(2) Comments | Posted November 6, 2012 | 4:01 PM

I was soooo looking forward to writing about the presidential candidates' foreign policy debate. I had it all in my head: how intervention in Libya led to the radicalization of Mali, how the lack of debate on drones shows that both Republicans and Democrats think that they own the world,...

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A (Possibly) Significant Development in Muslim-Christian Relations

(1) Comments | Posted September 20, 2012 | 6:13 PM

A (possibly) significant development in Muslim-Christian-relations is being spear-headed by the Islamic Scholars of North America (ISNA). In July of 2012, ISNA Director of Community Outreach, Dr. Mohamed Elsanousi, convened a small multilateral forum of scholars in Mauritania to discuss challenges faced by religious minorities in Muslim-majority communities around the...

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In Defense of the Southern Poverty Law Center

(10) Comments | Posted August 21, 2012 | 11:44 AM

When I was in Junior High, I attended a private Christian school where my youth pastor used to show us videos of Christians in public schools being arrested for praying at the flagpole, as well as future Christians being executed because of "liberals who want to take away our right...

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The Triumph of Hypothetical Evil Over Real Evil

(24) Comments | Posted July 25, 2012 | 7:12 AM

There's a famous maxim that says, "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." Though Wikipedia says otherwise, the statement is often attributed to Edmund Burke.

I doubt that Wikipedia will give me the credit for this 200 years...

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Toward an Evangelical Peace Movement

(55) Comments | Posted June 27, 2012 | 11:00 AM

Billy Sunday was the most famous evangelist in America during the first two decades of the 20th century. Without the aid of loudspeakers, TV or radio, Sunday preached to more than 100 million people the classic evangelical Gospel that remains familiar to many people today. Repent and believe in Jesus,...

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The Apostle Paul Was Not a Misogynist Homophobe

(291) Comments | Posted June 12, 2012 | 7:00 AM

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "To be great is to be misunderstood." If Emerson was right, then the Apostle Paul might be one of the greatest men to ever live. Few religious leaders have been as grossly misunderstood as Paul. Unlike Jesus, who most people regard as a great moral teacher,...

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Was Jesus a Fundamentalist?

(343) Comments | Posted May 14, 2012 | 2:22 PM

When I was in my early 20s, a Bible teacher by the name of Dianne Kannady posed a rhetorical question that continues to haunt me to this day: "If Jesus was your only source of information about what Christianity should look like, how would you live your life?"

That question...

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Can Rich Folks Go to Heaven?

(160) Comments | Posted April 13, 2012 | 1:10 PM

I like stories like The Boy Who Cried Wolf or The Tortoise and the Hare, the ones where the smallest of children can grasp the moral of the tale. But a story that doesn't resolve? Not so much. Especially if the story deals with a high-stakes issue, like -- say...

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God Is Pro-Peace

(150) Comments | Posted March 18, 2012 | 9:29 PM

On Jan. 31, 2004, World Net Daily published an article written by (the now late) Jerry Falwell under the headline: "GOD IS PRO-WAR."

While the article was intended to rally support for President Bush and the invasion of Iraq, for many readers it left the indelible impression that...

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The Bible Is Not a Public Policy Manual

(116) Comments | Posted February 28, 2012 | 2:26 PM

My pastor and I have a friendly tiff going on. He says that Jesus was strictly a-political; therefore, Christians should abstain from politics completely. I say that Jesus challenged violent, poverty-inducing, socio-political structures throughout his life and ministry; therefore, Christians have a duty to advocate for peace and to speak...

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