Why Christians Should Oppose Anti-Sharia Laws

Over at The Gospel Coalition, Joe Carter has a smart and important piece on why Christians should oppose anti-Sharia laws. Aside from the legal problems it creates, such laws assume that religious ideas should be private and could jeopardize the religious freedom of Christians as well. I would only like to stress that we should be concerned about the number of Christian political groups who have used similar anti-Muslim rhetoric. It is alarming. … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: A Graphic Depiction of How Segregated We Actually Are

A researcher at the University of Virginia has made a map representing every single person in America as a dot, color-coded along racial lines. The results are fascinating, as Slate's illuminating breakdown helps to show. We probably shouldn’t be surprised by the racial segregation of our cities and neighborhoods, but the stark color contrast on these maps shows all too plainly how well-defined those boundaries are. Take a minute and zoom into your own neighborhood. … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: Lily and Madeleine

Lily and Madeleine are the teenage girls that our culture should listen to instead of Miley Cyrus or Katy Perry. Similar to the pop stars, these two sisters wallow in unrequited love and adolescent angst. Unlike Cyrus and others, Lily & Madeleine produce talented and clean folk music and have just produced their first EP, downloadable for free. … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: ‘Orange Is The New Black’ Doesn’t Get Religion

Netflix's prison comedy/drama Orange Is The New Black is the service's latest hit, following on the heels of House of Cards and the resurrected Arrested Development. (It currently has a score of 79 on Metacritic.) However, for all of its strengths, B. D. McClay argues that the show fails when it comes to representing religion: it presents a deeply caricatured version of religion (and religious adherents) even as it "depends heavily on the residual weight that religion’s cultural trappings … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: Cultured Christianity and Its Dangers

Brett McCracken wrote a great piece on what it means to be a "cultured Christian" over at Q Ideas, and just put out what looks to be a great book, Gray Matters, that deals with Christian consumption of culture.  Trevin Wax from The Gospel Coalition asks McCracken whether all of this can slide into an excuse for unfettered worldliness or uncharitable snobbery. Because navigating the fine line between legalism and license is what CaPC strives for, these questions (and answers) are worth a look. … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: Tragic Texts, Tragic Art

Corporate sponsorship.  Public service announcement.  These are terms that would not seem to go hand-in-hand with great art.  Yet consider this half-hour documentary on the dangers of text-messaging while driving, which AT&T commissioned legendary Oscar-nominated filmmaker Werner Herzog to direct.  “From One Second to the Next” is a well-made, heartbreaking piece that allows some glimmers of the power of forgiveness. … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: Messiah Literally Born in Tennessee

But will he remain Messiah? Or is he destined to live his life as Martin? (There's a Lutheran joke in here somewhere.) The judge insists that only one person "qualified" for the title Messiah. Oh, sure, except for other Jewish monarchs, King Cyrus of Persia, and the bread of the presence.  When we have babies named Burger, Mango, and California, Messiah almost has a nice ring to it. … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: Injustice Piles On Top Of Injustice At Guantánamo

When popular author John Grisham found out that Guantánamo detainees were asking for some of his novels, and that they were being denied, he began to learn more about one of the detainees who was a fan of his work -- a man named Nabil Hadjarab who, despite being held in Guantánamo for 11 years, has never been charged with a crime. The result is a heartbreaking and disturbing story of injustice piled on top of injustice. … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: Gender–Leave the Trinity Out Of It

The gender role debates between complementarians and egalitarians in the church show no signs of abating any time soon, and in protracted theological discussions (battles) like these, the tendency is to pull every other subject into its orbit—even the Trinity. Commenting on Larry Crab's recent entry into the discussion, Fred Sanders argues over at Christianity Today that we should leave the doctrine of the Trinity alone in the gender debate as it can surely only result in speculation on both … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: A 40 Day Platonic Experiment

Two brave New Yorkers decided to explore platonic relationships among men and women in a very tangible way.  As the only singles in their friend group, Timothy Goodman and Jessica Walsh decided to overcome their relationship problems by dating exclusively for 40 days and blogging about their experience. Forty days of dating records their daily observations from earlier in the year, making for a slow reveal. … [Read more...]


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