Archives for Nov 9, 2010 @ 17:25

It Takes a Movement 3

From today’s post at, and I like the focus here on faith communities and on the recognition that access to power is intoxicating: In Washington, D.C., access quickly becomes an end in itself, with elites simply changing places after elections. Getting your calls returned or being able to get the meetings you want about [Read More…]

It Takes a Movement 2

Jim Wallis, getting closer to making an appeal for local manifestations of the movement … and he won’t go far enough for me until he pleads with Christians to raise up the banner of justice in the context of the local church, but I see here a move away from advocating through the halls of [Read More…]

Christians Leaving the Lands of the Bible

From (CNN) — A Syriac Orthodox archbishop in Britain called for all Christians in Iraq to leave the country Sunday, one week to the day after gunmen stormed a Catholic church in Baghdad. Some 50 people were killed and 75 wounded in the attack at the Sayidat al-Nejat church last week, including women, children [Read More…]

Can We Dialogue? (RJS)

I am traveling this week and so will delay the next post on Theology After Darwin. I want to take a bit of a break and put up a question about our church and the way we deal with questions, problems, and conflict. Last spring I linked to the talks given at the 2010 Wheaton Theology Conference with particular attention to the interaction with N.T. Wright and his book Jesus and the Victory of God. The best talk of the conference, however, (my vote anyway) was not on JVG, but rather the talk by Kevin Vanhoozer “Wrighting the Wrongs of the Reformation” on the interface between Wright’s work on Justification and reformed theology. I’ve listened to it on my commute several times over the last six months including again just this last week. Perhaps the best part of the talk is Vanhoozer’s concluding summary which is a call for dialogue and his outline of the dialogic virtues. [Read more…]

Shifts in American Religion: Women

Robert Putnam and David Campbell, American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us, sketch the facts when it comes to women in American religious communities, and here’s a major conclusion: Religious Americans have largely accepted the gender revolution, at the same time that many of them, especially evangelicals, staunchly resist the sexual revolution. Put differently, [Read More…]