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...]

The American Samaritan

In a comment on yesterday’s post depicting a “Bad Samaritan,” it was suggested that there were ways of depicting a conservative American outlook that might be more accurate. It inspired the above image. What do you think? If the “Good Samaritan” in the story in Luke’s Gospel reflected conservative American values, rather than those of [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...]

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...]

Review of Rachel Held Evans, A Year of Biblical Womanhood

I’m grateful to Rachel Held Evans for having sent me an advance review copy of her book, A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband “Master”. I confess I am a bit embarrassed that I’m only blogging about it after the [Read More...]

Does Life Begin at Creation?

“Life begins at conception” is a common phrase to encounter in discussions of abortion and related issues. Despite what those with short memories may genuinely believe, the issue of abortion and the view that it is murder have not been the views of most Evangelical Protestants for all that long (as we’ve been reminded recently [Read More...]

Who Owns the Bible?

Over on her blog Love, Joy, Feminism, Libby Anne has joined in a conversation between Chris Hallq and myself which never really took off. Perhaps this time it will. Click through to read her thoughts about the diversity among the ways that fundamentalist Christians, liberal Christians, and atheists approach the Bible. And thank you, Libby [Read More...]

What “Most Christians” Think

My last post included a slide that mentions “most Christians.” And so I thought I should offer a follow-up post, acknowledging that it is almost impossible to figure out what with precision what “most Christians” think, believe, and practice, without actually asking most Christians – and even then, we would still be unable to answer [Read More...]

Possibly the Most Interesting Pact With the Devil

Rick Perry has apparently made some bizarrely critical comments about the separation of church and state. That separation is the separation that the forerunners of modern Evangelicals, including the Baptists in particular, struggled for and advocated. It is the one that is surely responsible for the fact that religion is a vibrant part of American [Read More...]

John Cleese on the Advantages of Extremism

This video by John Cleese is right on target. HT Carson T. Clark.   [Read more...]

Literalism Humor

Joke-teller: So Ken Ham, Al Mohler, and Pat Robertson walk into a bar… Literalist: Really?!     And for those who don’t face the challenges that literalists do (or should) with humor, there’s this: [Read more...]


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