Martin Luther King and Liberal Theology

Because they are familiar only with famous sound bites, there are many people who do not know that Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., an American Baptist minister, was a liberal Christian not only in his concern for racial integration and social justice, but also theologically liberal. I recently had my attention drawn to this [Read More...]

The Judas Kiss of Much Modern Christianity

Today’s cartoon by David Hayward hits the nail on the head about a lot of Christianity today (as well as in other eras): So many evaluate the Christian credentials of individuals and groups based on how frequently they reference Jesus or the Bible or the word Christian, and how positively. But in a text which [Read More...]

Birthday of the Most Famous Liberal Christian

While next Monday is celebrated as the official holiday Martin Luther King Day in the United States, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King was born on January 15th. On this the birthday of one who is surely the most famous politically, economically, and theologically progressive Christian, it seemed worth sharing some of the many quote posters [Read More...]

Many Christians Are Compromised

In the country I live in, the vast majority of Christians (assuming one is willing to give that label to those who claim it, even if it seems not to affect their core values) are fundamentally compromised with the spirit of the age, with its values, with its aims and assumptions. Some are so compromised [Read More...]

The Meaning of Christmas

For a great many conservative Christians and their atheist counterparts, Christmas is about believing that angels really told shepherds about the birth of a baby, and that a star did the same for Persian astrologers – and the annual seasonal activity of fighting over the literal truthfulness or falsehood of those stories. For some, Christmas [Read More...]

Funnier and Wronger?

I originally posted these comments together with other links in a round-up about blogging related to the recent tragedy. But they grew to the point where they seemed to require a post of their own. Brian LePort joined the conversation between Tony Jones and myself about the story of the slaughter of the innocents in [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...]

If Jesus Spoke Like Some of His Modern Followers

And here’s a reminder that not all of Jesus’ followers sound like that. Some, I think, sound rather more like he did. A friend shared this quote on Facebook: praying together as a class in school isn’t christian. and the pledge of allegiance is NOT christian. and plastering bible verses on walls of public buildings [Read More...]

Keeping an Anthropomorphic God Busy

Jerry Coyne recently shared this Bizarro comic: I think the cartoon illustrates nicely some of the problems involved in thinking about God in such anthropomorphic terms. Coyne adds the comment: The whole nature of God for these people (and for many, many Americans) is that of a personal God, something with the characteristics of a [Read More...]

Why I’m Glad Matthew’s Infancy Narrative Isn’t Literally True

In the wake of tragedy, we may view things differently. While some at church this morning spouted offensive platitudes (despite the pastor’s explicit mention of the pain they cause and their inappropriateness), I found myself thinking about the text of the sermon, about the massacre of the innocents in Matthew 2. In the story, it [Read More...]

#ProgGOD 2 is Live!

Tony Jones noted that the second collection of blog posts approaching how progressive Christians think about God is live on the Patheos web site. It includes my own contribution to the discussion as well as many others. And just in case anyone thought the reference to “prog god” had something to do with a different [Read More...]


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