In Praise of Heretics

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The word “heretic” is often thrown around today to denounce someone for espousing an idea deemed “unbiblical” or “unorthodox” or “contrary to the teachings of the church.” It carries a negative connotation, often meant to cast a poor soul out of a community to be shunned, exiled, and sometimes even tortured with words or sharp [Read More...]

Jesus Wept, Einstein’s Regret & How a Frenchman Fueled the Hermeneutics Wars

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With 20 centuries under its biblical belt, Christian history offers its fair share of landmark bloopers. Major flubs that immediately spring to mind are the Great Schism, the Avignon Papacy, and that dreadful day in 2013 when Liberty University invited Kirk Cameron and Justin Bieber’s mom to speak at convocation. If I could hop in a [Read More...]

Christian Reflection on the First Thanksgiving with Historian Tracy McKenzie

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Thanksgiving is here! Bring on the turkey and the culture wars, then spend black Friday with a bad case of indigestion. Americans are as preoccupied with sweet potato controversies – with or without marshmallows – as we are with arguing over what kind of country those reforming Pilgrims wanted to jump start. Were they hoping [Read More...]


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