When Churches Make People Need Therapy (or Why Anti-Gay Christianity is an Abomination)

I confess that I was not aware of Shane Dawson before I saw this video which has been circulating over the past couple of days. [NOTE: video contains swearing] I want to express my appreciation for the honest sincerity with which Dawson talks about his sexual identity. And I want to draw attention to the role that [Read More...]

Breaking News: Supreme Court Decides in Favor of Marriage Equality!

The news has just broken that the Supreme Court of the United States has issued its decision in a case that came before it regarding marriage between two people of the same gender. Their decision legalizes same-sex marriage throughout the United States. This is a major milestone in U. S. history. Click through to read [Read More...]

Good and Evil

Let us now define the New Christian Right as people who get more upset about the possibility that they might have to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding than they do about revelations that their own representatives have not only molested children but covered up such molestation. If we can even call those “values” [Read More...]

Transgender and Christianity: From Andi to Bruce Jenner

The subject of transgender has been in the news a great deal lately, with much attention focusing not only on famous athlete Bruce Jenner (and his ABC News interview), but on young children who have known that their perception of their own gender was different from what they were defined as because of their anatomy. [Read More...]

Genesis 2 is Not Literal (The Bible Tells Me So)

The quote comes from my recent post “Marriage is Sacred.” The point is one that I have made before, but since someone particularly liked this brief way of making the point, I thought I would turn it into a meme image. Of related interest, Andrew Perriman has a whole series on the idea of “one [Read More...]

Marriage is Sacred

I talked about this topic in my Sunday school class this past Sunday, as we reached the treatment of divorce in 1 Corinthians 7. Different phrases are used in our time – “Biblical marriage,” “traditional marriage,” “the sanctity of marriage.” All of them are used largely synonymously, and hypocritically. Tackling divorce would defend the New Testament’s [Read More...]

Does IU Have the Legal Right to Prohibit Discimination?

I was proud when I read the statement by Butler University’s president Jim Danko about the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act.” When I then saw that the president of IU Michael McRobbie had alsod issued a statement, I found myself wondering about it in relation to the law. The statement says, “we will not tolerate discrimination [Read More...]

Richard Burridge on Being Biblical

I recently came across the text of a lecture by New Testament scholar Richard Burridge, with the title “Being Biblical? Slavery, Sexuality, and the Inclusive Community.” His argument is that we need to look carefully at episodes from the past, such as when defenders of the Bible’s authority defended slavery as part of that endeavor, [Read More...]

Culture Wars

The truth is, evangelical Christians have already “lost” the culture wars.And it’s not because the “other side” won or because evangelicals have failed to protect our own religious liberties.  Evangelicals lost the culture wars the moment they committed to fighting them, the moment they decided to stop washing feet and start waging war. And I [Read More...]

I Will Not Stand By Quietly While History Repeats Itself

When it is pointed out, whether by myself or others, that the methods of interpreting the Bible used by today's conservatives are the same ones that have been used in the past to justify slavery and discrimination, I am sometimes told that I am exaggerating the situation and the dangers. They sometimes insist that the [Read More...]

Not All Like That

Thanks to John Shore for drawing my attention to the NALT Christians Project website. NALT stands for “Not All Like That,” and it is a call for Christians who tell LGBT people “we are not all like that” to say that loudly and not just privately. Here is an introductory video by Dan Savage about [Read More...]


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