Are Mainline Protestants Christians?

I mentioned in a recent post the ongoing multi-blog discussion around Pathos on the theme of whether Mormons are Christians. A recent guest post by Steve Webb offered a different approach by asking whether Mainline Protestants are Christians, thus encouraging a three-way comparison between conservative Christians, liberal Christians, and Mormons who might be either, or [Read More...]

Obama’s Faith

Hemant Mehta asked in a recent video whether president Obama is an atheist. TL; DR “No” I appreciate Mehta’s treatment of this topic, on the whole. My biggest disagreement is with his statement that president Obama supports marriage equality in spite of his faith and not because of it. I see no reason to accept [Read More...]

Keeps No Record of Wrongs

Richard Beck has asked a great question about the description of love in 1 Corinthians 13. I’ve even heard sermons in which the preacher, on the basis of the equation “God is love,” substituted “God” in place of the word “love” in the passage. But does God really “keep no record of wrongs”? It seems [Read More...]

Tillich on Liberal Faith

Even the faith of the liberal needs expression and some communal formulation, and it needs to be defended against authoritarian attacks. Even more: the ultimate concern of the liberal needs concrete contents, as does every ultimate concern. He also lives in institutions of a definite historical character. He, too, has a special language and uses [Read More...]

Not All Like That

Thanks to John Shore for drawing my attention to the NALT Christians Project website. NALT stands for “Not All Like That,” and it is a call for Christians who tell LGBT people “we are not all like that” to say that loudly and not just privately. Here is an introductory video by Dan Savage about [Read More...]

Moses the Lifeguard

This cartoon came my way on Facebook today: While it is just a bit of silly humor, it can be the jumping off point for a reflection on something more serious and timely. A lot of religious believers make it a point of dogma to affirm that miracles happened as described in the Bible. But [Read More...]

Mapping Bible Contradictions

Via Gizmodo, I was reminded of a web site that was created recently, BibViz, attempting to map the Bible's contradictions. While it tends to circulate among atheists, and to meet with adamant denials from conservatives, liberal Christians were among the first to point these sorts of things out – and even before us, there were [Read More...]

Beyond a Copernican Spiritual Revolution

David Hayward posted this cartoon, depicting the sea change in the direction of so many being “spiritual yet not religious”: Some will find the shift from the church at the center to the individual at the center offensive and problematic. But it isn't that different from what Jesus talked about when he said “the Sabbath [Read More...]

Gary Dorrien on Liberal Protestantism

Gary Dorrien has some thoughts on why Liberal Protestantism may seem not to be thriving, and yet be doing some very important things less visibly. Here's the conclusion: I regret that religious progressives like me have reached so few people beyond the small worlds of the academy, church and community organizing in which we live. [Read More...]

When a God Requires Custodial Protection

When a god begins to require the custodial protection of those who worship him, he is no longer a god. He becomes an idol. May we all find the courage and wisdom to never make ignorance the aim of religion, nor idolatry the replacement for faith. – Crystal St. Marie Lewis, “On Christian Fundamentalism’s Ongoing [Read More...]

Millennials and Mainlines

Rachel Held Evans blogged about millennials and the future of Christianity, getting lots of reactions. David Hayward responded with this cartoon: Kevin Davis, Hemant Mehta, Andii Bowsher, and Allan Bevere also discussed the topic. John Hawthorne shared developing hypotheses about Mainlines and Evangelicals, while Martin Marty reconsiders the mainline legacy. Chris Henrichsen posted “Another Liberal [Read More...]


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