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Who Cares About Darwin?

Charles Darwin, from a John Collier painting (1883)

Charles Darwin was a giant force within biology, but I don’t care what he wrote. Creationists, by contrast, do. They seem to imagine that, if they can quote him out of context, they can cast doubt on the validity of evolution. (Wow—where do you begin?) [Read more...]

Gay Marriage Inevitable?

Same-sex marriage seems inevitable. If we assume that, how should the church respond? (And how do you think the church will rewrite history 20 years from now when same-sex marriage is commonplace and unquestioned?) [Read more...]

Biblical Slavery, Part 3

A recent podcast spent an hour responding to Dan Savage’s well-publicized public spanking of the Bible. The podcast says that Savage’s claim, that the Bible is “radically pro-slavery” is hopelessly wrong, but the Bible itself disagrees. (Part 3 of 3) [Read more...]

Old Testament Slavery—Not so Bad?

A recent podcast spent an hour responding to Dan Savage’s well-publicized public spanking of the Bible. The podcast says that Savage’s claim–that the Bible is “radically pro-slavery”–is hopelessly wrong, but the Bible itself disagrees. [Read more...]

Word of the Day: Public Square

This term has two meanings, and politicians (deliberately?) conflate them to imagine a problem where none exists. [Read more...]

Ten Commandments have no Role in Public

Few Americans can list the Ten Commandments, but so what? What is their relevance in modern society? [Read more...]

Are Churches More Like Charities or Country Clubs?

We can tell charities from country clubs by their financial statements. Charities do good works with most of their income; country clubs don’t. Which one is more like a typical church? [Read more...]

Pastors Speak Their Mind (and Flout the Rules)

Nonprofit status comes with strings attached, and one of those is that pastors must not advocate for one candidate over another. This quid pro quo seems oppressive to some, and they have organized civil disobedience against it. [Read more...]

Church Accountability

Senator Grassley was largely ignored by six ministries when he asked for information about their operations four years ago. What are they hiding? [Read more...]

What do Churches Have to Hide?

U.S. nonprofit organizations are required to disclose their financial information to the public. It’s a contract—the Internal Revenue Service gives them nonprofit status, and in return they prove that they’re spending that money wisely. This applies to all nonprofits except churches and religious organizations. Isn’t that odd? It’s almost like they have something to hide. [Read more...]


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