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...]

Too Conservative

Fred Clark has a post about the fact that conservative Evangelicalism's language gives the impression that there is only one direction in which one can move too far. He writes: Gatekeepers police the fortified boundaries of evangelicalism, but only on the “liberal” border. There is no conservative border… The tribe only has “liberal” boundaries. Conservatism [Read More...]

God Wants Christians To Think

This quote from John Shore came to my attention on Facebook (via Unfundamentalist Christians): I found myself thinking of this scene from the Life of Brian: [Read more...]

Mainline Conviction

Roger Olson blogged today about a New York Times article about mainline Protestantism in the United States as a major historic force which has been neglected in recent years in favor of a focus on Evangelicalism and other vibrant newcomers. He offers a yes-and-no response to the question of the current vitality of mainline Protestantism. [Read More...]

God is a Mystery

These words emerged in a discussion of God as koan in a comment thread here on this blog. I thought I’d turn them into images that can be shared. [Read more...]

Stuck in the Middle

Via Unfundamentalist Christians on Facebook. If you don’t get the musical allusion, then you presumably need to listen to this: [Read more...]

Barely Even Stereotyped

Brian LePort has posted two wonderful blog entries about stereotypes regarding denominations, as indicated by Google search autocomplete data. I thought I would check what happens when I type in the labels that I wear – American Baptist and progressive Christian. Neither has anything for the entire phrases (such as “Why are American Baptists” or [Read More...]

Religious Doubt

Val Webb has shared a lecture she has been delivering, with the title “In Defense of Doubt.” It includes the following: Denigrating religious doubt is a matter of power and control — and a large dose of threat for religious authorities if people think for themselves.  Yet honest creative doubt has long been central in [Read More...]

Progressive Christian Truth

Kimberly Knight wrote the following words in the conclusion to her post, “A lesbian and a fundamentalist walk into a bar”: We as progressives tend to bend over backward to affirm all paths as equal. But to be raw and honest, I believe there is a capital T truth and I do not believe it [Read More...]

On Religious Language and Transcendence

Here’s another Facebook comment, this one expressing something of my view of religious language: I don’t think any human language is adequate. But I think that language which points towards and is drawn from the deepest, most meaningful, and most self-transcending aspects of our own experience is more adequate than language which reflects human experience [Read More...]


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