Progressive and Liberal Christianity

Several posts have come to my attention in recent days, related to the subject of liberal/progressive Christianity. Roger Olson has a post on why he doesn’t self-identify as a “liberal Christian.” He offers interesting discussion of the terminology and his own understanding, which is worth clicking through to read. Towards the end he sums up [Read More...]

Shootings: Schools vs. Churches

This graphic which came my way on Facebook seems to make an excellent point. I was not able to confirm that the actual number of shootings in schools was 5, and it seems that that number may include institutions of higher education as well as elementary schools. Whether any religious schools are in that figure [Read More...]

Restricting the Bible

A cartoon from ASBO Jesus. An irony I see is that, precisely because the Bible cannot talk in the way depicted in the cartoon, it cannot object to conservative Christians who say things like “the Bible says….” They often try to treat God in the same way.   [Read more...]

Agreement in Error and Common Origin

Readers of the Evangelical Textual Criticism blog will have seen the post about how shared transcriptional errors are evidence of two texts having a common ancestor. Given that there is still resistance to the acceptance of mainstream science among some Evangelicals, I thought it appropriate to mention that the exact same reasoning is used in [Read More...]

Celebrate the Inauguration, Pray for Mark Driscoll

Those of you who believe in the power of prayer should pray for Mark Driscoll. Most of you have probably heard of him, as he is quite infamous. Not only does he regularly refer to a Bible he doesn’t believe in and set himself up as the representative of a God he seems not to [Read More...]

Jesus, Socialism, and Capitalism

Via Nancy French, I learned of a bizarre online article by Liberty “University” professor Johnnie Moore, in which he claims that Jesus was a capitalist fundamentally opposed to socialism. Why this person thinks it wise to pontificate about Jesus and the Bible without first studying them in their historical context is beyond me. Here is [Read More...]

Martyrdom vs. Martyr Complexes

Fred Clark has a post about an Evangelical blog entry by Karen Swallow Prior that made a connection between the martyrdom of Stephen and the fact that Hobby Lobby is going to have to provide comprehensive insurance for employees, including coverage for things that the employer personally does not want to. Employers have always had [Read More...]

Protestants Need to Do Penance (for their Use of the Bible)

Dănuț Mănăstireanu shared this quotation from Richard Rohr: …Protestants need to do penance. Their shout of “sola Scriptura” (only Scripture) has left them at the mercy of their own cultures, their own limited education, their own prejudices, and their own selective reading of some texts while avoiding others. Partly as a result, slavery, racism, sexism, [Read More...]

Conservative Evangelicalism and Academic Freedom

In a blog post today, Pete Enns asked whether an Evangelical institution of higher education can be truly academic and committed to academic freedom. It is an issue that has been garnering a lot of attention, particularly in connection with the administration at Emmanuel Seminary's effort to get Christopher Rollston to leave – a situation [Read More...]

School Prayer Contradiction

I commented previously on some of the conservative Christian reactions to the Newtown school shooting, including in particular the attempt to connect it with the removal of prayer from schools. Today in church, as a longstanding public school principal who is a member of my church gave a children’s talk about prayer, my thoughts turned [Read More...]

Skewed Conservative Christian Priorities

Bob Cargill created and shared this checklist: I think Bob is right about some things and sort of wrong about some things. I think he is right when he says that the skewed prioritization has to change, and that there is reason to be hopeful that it is indeed changing. I think he is sort [Read More...]


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