“Can Nadia Bolz-Weber save evangelicalism?”

As we’ve blogged about, Nadia Bolz-Weber has been getting a lot of attention as an ELCA “pastorix” who, for all of her tattoos, ministry to gays, and violation of “culture wars” stereotypes, preaches justification by grace through faith, Christ’s Atonement for sin, and the theology of the Cross.

Now a British journalist has written an article that asks the question, “can Nadia Bolz-Weber save evangelicalism?”  (See excerpts after the jump, along with my thoughts.)  But I wonder if what people are so impressed with is just a matter of her “style” or if it isn’t even more so a reaction to her Lutheran theology, which comes across as new, mind-blowing, and just what people need to hear. [Read more...]

Belgium will give a sex offender euthanasia

Belgium has abolished capital punishment, but it has legalized euthanasia, even for small children.  Now it will euthanize a sex offender who suffers from guilt for being a serial rapist and murderer.   The prisoner had refused a chance at early parole, afraid that he would offend again, and was refused admission to a psychiatric facility.  Belgium is too humane for other options, such as chemical castration.  So, since the prisoner requested death, the state will invoke its “mercy killing” law. [Read more...]

How the government coerced Yahoo

It has come out how the government forced Yahoo to turn over online data to the NSA surveillance program known as PRISM.   A “civil contempt” ruling would have fined the company $250,000 a day.  Every week Yahoo refused to comply the fine would double.  Doing the math, that would come to $25 million after a month, $400 million the second month, $7.2 billion the third month, $9.5 trillion the fifth month, $117 trillion the sixth month, more than the total value of everything on earth the eighth or ninth month, and $7.9 sextillion by the end of the year. [Read more...]

Religious liberty for atheists, too

Enlisting or re-enlisting in a military service requires taking an oath, ending in the words “so help me God.”  An atheist airman trying to re-enlist in the Air Force has crossed out those words in the paperwork he is supposed to sign.  So the Air Force is not letting him re-enlist.

Lawsuits are in the works.  But does it make sense to require a person to swear in the name of a deity he does not believe in?  And doesn’t requiring a religious oath for military service constitute a “religious test” for public office, which the Constitution does not allow?  More to the point, in a time when the religious liberty of Christians is threatened more and more, don’t Christians need to support the religious liberty of everyone, including atheists? [Read more...]

Bonhoeffer on abortion

Matthew Schmitz quotes from Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Ethics, emphasizing how the theologian is forcefully pro-life, while also speaking pastorally about those who commit this sin.

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A free-market solution to religious bigotry

After telling about some universities that are “derecognizing” Christian organizations, Joe Carter proposes a “free market solution”:  He suggests that Christian students, alumni, and donors  should not “hand over our cash to schools that consider our beliefs so repugnant as to not even be worthy of recognition.” [Read more...]


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