Supreme Court Deliberates Same-Sex Marriage

The Supreme Court of the United States heard a case today about marriage equality, on which it will issue a decision in June. The New York Times has been following the discussions and news live, has shared audio recordings of excerpts, and reports that the justices are divided on the issue, also providing background to the case. Amy [Read More...]

Tradition (No, No, This is Completely Different!)

The cartoon above is one of a few that Bruce Gerencser shared on his blog, in a post highlighting some of the conservative Christian responses to and messages about the upcoming Supreme Court decision regarding same-sex marriage in the United States. There is a special feature on this topic on the Supreme Court blog. And that [Read More...]

Breaking News: Discrimination Illegal in Indiana

For the first time in its history, there is a law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in Indiana. Here is the language that has been added to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act: Sec. 0.7. This chapter does not: (1) authorize a provider to refuse to offer or provide services, facilities, use of public [Read More...]

Mike Pence Asks for New Legislation

For those who may have missed it, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence just asked for legislation to be created and to reach his desk by the end of the week “clarifying” that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act does not allow businesses to refuse services to anyone. He answered a question afterwards, saying that the law does not give [Read More...]

Larry Berhrendt on Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Acts

Larry Behrendt wrote the above words in a comment here on this blog, and I asked for permission to share them with a wider audience. His own blog post “Madness in Indiana” is also important, offering a careful reading of the law that many are discussing, but often in abstraction from the details of what [Read More...]

The “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” Is Now Law In Indiana: How Should We Respond?

The governor of Indiana Mike Pence has signed the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” and made it law in Indiana. While legal experts have argued that similar legislation in other states has yet to be used successfully to justify discrimination, many are still concerned. My question at this stage is how progressive Christians and others concerned about [Read More...]

Rest or Rules?

The above cartoon by David Hayward seems to me to make much the same point as Dostoyevsky’s famous parable of the Grand Inquisitor in The Brothers Karamazov. Some people find freedom to be a burden, and prefer what rules offer: in particular, the sense that we are passing the responsibility for our views and our decisions to [Read More...]

The Rule of Love

The quote comes from Jonathan Bernier’s recent post, “Paul, Conversion, and Homosexuality,” and I highly recommend clicking through to read the whole thing. And after two millennia the world has reached the place in its pilgrim journey that it is submitting the matter of same-sex attraction to the rule of love, and the Church is [Read More...]

Religion and Recession

A recent piece in the New York Times highlighted statistics that suggest majors in religion and philosophy will make significantly less their first year after graduation if it is during a recession. Here is the chart from the article: While in a sense this is not surprising, it is also worth highlighting that university graduates [Read More...]

Gay Wedding Cake Discrimination

In comments on my post yesterday about standing against discrimination and other forms of injustice, the issue was brought up about the religious freedom of those who want to be able to refuse services to those they object to – in this instance, to refuse to cater for a same-sex wedding. That is when it [Read More...]

You Have Heard Them Called Antitheses, But I Say To You…

Doug Chaplin has posted about the extraordinary antitheses in Matthew’s Gospel. I disagree with his way of understanding them, and so thought I would write a post in response. I regularly tell my students that it is unlikely that these sayings should be understood as meaning “You heard God say in the past, but I [Read More...]


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