If the Church Were Christian

Philip Gulley's book If The Church Were Christian makes many challenging points. Here are some of them, in Gulley's own words, turned into a poster by one Facebook group and shared with me by another. What do you think of his points?   [Read more...]

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Paul’s Inclusive Vision

Since someone made this image and shared it on Facebook, but with the quote attributed to someone else. Since the quote is from me (made in this post), I thought I’d modify it in the hope that eventually one or more with the correct attribution will predominate… [Read more...]

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Conservatives, Liberals, and the 50 Shades of Grey Between Them

A substantial part of the Christian blogosphere has been distracted from further discussion of Ross Douthat’s piece on Liberal Christianity, by a conservative Christian blog post about the novel Fifty Shades of Grey. I have not read the novel, but from reading the blog post in question, the reactions to it, and the follow-up from [Read More...]

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Don’t Let the Fact That Paul’s Letters are Now Christian Scripture Undermine Their Message and Authority!

Paul, in his time, made a case for relaxing Scriptural stipulations about the need for anyone within Abraham's household to be circumcised in order to be part of the covenant (Genesis 17:9-14). He did the same with regard to the people of God being called to observe the things written in the Law of Moses, [Read More...]

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And Still More on (and from!) Ross Douthat and the Future of Denominations and Christianity

Late yesterday I posted a round-up of links on this topic, and already there are enough for another, just on blogs to which I subscribe! First, let me mention that Ross Douthat himself has written a follow-up piece, “What Is Liberal Christianity?” In it his primary conversation partner is Steven Holmes, a British Baptist who wrote [Read More...]

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“Ross Douthat is a Fruit Fly” and Other Responses Around the Blogosphere

There have been quite a few responses and reactions to Ross Douthat's New York Times piece since I posted my own response and round-up (as there have been other responses to other reporting on the recent Episcopal General Convention here in Indianapolis). There are several excellent ones, but the most striking title award goes to [Read More...]

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Can Non-Liberal Christianity Be Saved?

I shared Ross Douthat’s recent New York Times piece, asking whether Liberal Christianity can be saved, on Facebook, and it has generated quite a lot of response. Let me start by sharing some thoughts of my own, and then share a number of links to blog posts and articles elsewhere that relate to this topic. [Read More...]

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A Guide to Dealing with Inconvenient Bible Passages

Stephen Savage shared this with me on Facebook:   Ouch! Satire is most effective when it hits painfully close to home. Does this seem to get things about right to you?   As a liberal Christian, I think it is better to honestly disagree with the Bible, than to engage in the selective Biblicism that [Read More...]

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Religion, Reform, and Retention

On Facebook, Karl Giberson shared a link to a blog post with statistics about retention in religious and areligious groups, i.e. their effectiveness in passing on their worldview and communal identity to their children. Here is the relevant chart: There is a lot that is interesting and potentially worth talking about. I suspect that for [Read More...]

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The Well-Thought-Out Christian Rationale Behind Christian Acceptance of Gays and Lesbians

It is well known that some conservative Christians accuse liberal Christians of simply going with their personal preferences, in a manner that can be and has been called “Talladega Nights theology.” (If you don’t get the reference, click through to see the video clip). That is a danger – and not exclusively for liberal Christians. But [Read More...]

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Saying Grace

Of Christian prayers, those related to food can be the most theologically problematic. I remember hearing a missionary speak about how others in her mission team had become ill and she had not, and she attributed it to her “praying over her food” – as though (1) her Christian co-workers did not, (2) prayer effectively [Read More...]

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