A sociologist looks at Progressive vs. Conservative Christianity

In the context of a discussion about a growing movement of conservative Catholicism in England, Peter Berger–a giant in the field of sociology and an ELCA Lutheran–discusses some misconceptions about the appeal of progressive vs. conservative Christianity.  He says that “supernaturalism” increases a church’s appeal (despite Mainline Protestants’ [and I would add some ostensible conservatives'] attempt to appeal to the age by playing that  down by replacing the supernatural gospel with morality, self-help psychology, or politics).  He says that “sexual repression,” though, probably does dampen the appeal of conservative religion. [Read more...]

Sexual orientation change vs. gender change

New Jersey has passed a law forbidding counseling or therapy that tries to change a minor’s sexual orientation.  But it specifically allows for counseling or therapy that tries to change a minor’s gender.  Matthew Schmitz sees a contradiction here. [Read more...]

The Pope refuses to judge gay people

Pope Francis, responding to reporters’ questions, said, “Who am I to judge gay people?”  Though what he said about homosexuality and gay priests is being hailed as a revolutionary change, he really didn’t alter church teaching.  He just spun it differently.  After the jump, an account of what he said and some reflections. [Read more...]

Great Britain to battle internet porn

Yes, England and other European countries are more secularized than the United States.  And yet those countries may be more willing to pursue moral legislation than we are.  Great Britain is about to launch a major assault on online pornography. [Read more...]

Sex Strike

As the abortion battles shift to the states, pro-abortionists are all fired up over Texas, which passed a bill banning the procedure after 20 weeks (that’s 5 months!).  This despite a  filibuster by Texas lawmaker Wendy Davis, who has become the new hero of the pro-abortion movement.  But a writer for the Huffington Post, Vivian Norris, is proposing a new tactic.  She is calling on  women to refuse to have sex with husbands or boyfriends who do not believe in late-term abortions.

Maybe pro-lifers should stand in solidarity with their opponents and honor this picket line with a Lysistrata tactic of their own.  Men should refuse to have sex with a woman who would take the life of the child they might conceive.  And women should refuse to have sex with a man who would pressure her to have an abortion. [Read more...]

Conference on gay marriage & gay ministry

Are you familiar with Doxology, the Lutheran institute on pastoral care (as well as care for pastors)?  Led by Rev. Harold Senkbeil (who has written widely on Christian spirituality and who has applied it very effectively as a pastor) and Dr. Beverly Yahnke (the most brilliant and the most reliable Christian psychologist I have ever come across), it is a tremendous resource.

Well, Doxology is hosting a conference on what may become the biggest pastoral issue of our time:  Speaking the Truth in Love:  A Compassionate Response to Same Sex Attraction and Same Sex Marriage [Read more...]


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