A Time To Refrain From Speaking

Rachel Held Evans posted an interview with Derek Webb on her blog. It includes the following wise statement: I have simply tried to avoid giving short answers to questions for which there are no short answers.  And I know there is a real temptation in our culture that we must.  But that is a lie. [Read More...]

Fundamentalism and Conspiracy Theories

Jeri Massi has been blogging about the connection between Christian fundamentalism and conspiracy theories. Here is a taste from her second post about this subject: [C]onspiracy theories are launched and spread by people who need an excuse for their powerlessness. And some psychologists warn that avid fans of conspiracy theories: those who go from one [Read More...]

Everyone is Liberal to Someone

Cliff Kvidahl blogged recently about an accusation of encroaching liberalism that he encountered. What, you might ask, prompted the accusation? Something to do with the virginal conception? Failure to use the word inerrancy? Suggesting that everyone should get free healthcare? It turns out it was none of the usual bugbears, but merely the affirmation of [Read More...]

Narrow vs. High Standards

Stuff Fundies Like shared this questionnaire that would-be guest speakers at a fundamentalist church have to complete: I suppose the main point to make in response is that rejecting lots of things does not mean that your standard is high, only that it is narrow. And unless one figures out the difference early enough, the narrow approach [Read More...]

Blessed Quietness Journal

A colleague drew my attention to one of the funniest things on the internet. There is something called “Blessed Quietness Journal” which lists its Editor-in-Chief as “Jesus Christ”! The most impressive thing on their web site is probably their long list of institutions that readers should not ally themselves with. The way it is formatted, [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...]

Skepticism and Religious Fundamentalism

IO9 recently featured an interview with science-promoter Joe Rogan. If you didn't read all the way to the end, you missed his thoughts about religion: I think that the form of creationism that’s being promoted by fundamentalists today is incredibly simplistic, and it’s coming from a very simplistic mindset. These people, along with their ideas, [Read More...]

Antievolutionism vs. Fundamentalism

This image was shared on the God of Evolution Facebook page: It is only because most fundamentalists do not know their own history that young-earth creationists have managed to dupe so many into believing that they are defending historic Christianity. They are not even defending historic fundamentalism. B. B. Warfield was one of the authors [Read More...]

Training Jesus

The Gospel of Luke depicts a Jesus who learned. Many fundamentalists view Jesus as someone who always knew everything, being a divine person unhindered by human frailties (even if in theory they claim he was fully human as well as fully divine). Yet this Jesus who is supposedly infallible is kept on a very short [Read More...]

Professing Themselves to be Wise

Why is it that those who have never studied a topic, and yet are confident they know everything they need to and have no need to learn anything, seem to be the most likely to quote Paul’s words in Romans 1:22, “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,” and do so thinking it applies [Read More...]

Betraying the Bible

John Shore has the following to say in a post today: The conservatives’ kill shot has always been a silver bullet with four words engraved into it: “It’s in the Bible.” A wife is to submit to her husband. A woman shouldn’t speak in church. Spare the rod, spoil the child. The Earth is the center [Read More...]


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