Bill Gothard’s Solution for Crime in Chicago: “Increase Serotonin Levels”

Bill Gothard, disgraced fundamentalist pastor and ministry leader, still has a website, and on that website he occasionally posts updates or new articles. A recent piece titled "Two Overlooked Factors to Reduce Chicago Crime" tackles Chicago's recent shooting spike. Gothard's first solution to the problem of violent crime is predictable: "There is no way to have a crime-free society without a reverence for God." His second is less so: "If we are serious about reducing crime, we must 'connect the … [Read more...]


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Bill Cosby, the Church, and Supporting Victims

By now you've likely heard that Bill Cosby, fresh off a sexual assault trial that ended in a hung jury, has announced his intention to put on seminars to educate the public on how to avoid similar accusations.Bill Cosby is planning a series of town hall meetings this summer to educate people, including young athletes and married men, on how to avoid accusations of sexual assault, two of his representatives said Wednesday. The announcement came just days after Mr. Cosby’s trial on sexual as … [Read more...]


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Answers in Genesis Says Humans Did Not Come From Africa—And It Gets Weird

In researching a recent article on creationism, I came upon a particularly strange claim. One reason evolutionary scientists believe that humans originated in Africa is the greater diversity within mitochondrial DNA among peoples in Africa than among peoples elsewhere. Of course, creationists claim that humans originated in Turkey, at Ararat, where Noah's Ark landed after the flood, and not in Africa. That means they have to explain the diversity in African mitochondrial DNA.And so they … [Read more...]


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Young Earth Creationism Is Evolving

Despite the overwhelming scientific evidence in favor of evolution, some 40% of Americans reject the theory and adhere to young earth creationism. I have long believed that the most effective way to combat young earth creationism is within religion. Biologos, an organization promoting theistic evolution, is attempting just that---and with some success. Answers in Genesis has recently posted a series of blog posts combatting Biologos' efforts---and making arguments that seem, as someone raised in … [Read more...]


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Michael Pearl to Domestic Abuse Victim: Suffer Silently

Last week this email was posted on the No Greater Joy blog: Dear Mrs. Pearl,I don’t want you to think I am dishonoring my husband. My heart is to lift him up and be a good wife. Something has happened over the last year that is scary. My husband has always been somewhat given to the flesh and occasionally angry, but now his anger is out of control. He often comes home from work mad---mad at me, the dog, the kids, the car, the guy next door… anything and anybody can bring on his rage. The kid … [Read more...]


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Evangelical Pastor Doug Wilson Rips Southern Baptist Convention for Condemning White Supremacy

The Southern Baptist Convention recently passed a resolution condemning the alt-right, white nationalism, and white supremacy. Not surprisingly, evangelical pastor Doug Wilson has a problem with that. Here is a thought experiment. Suppose someone introduced another resolution, next time around, identical in theology to this one, and identical in theological expression to this one, but with the only difference being that the specific groups denounced were the Nation of Islam or Black Lives … [Read more...]


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The Red Center: Not a Figment of the Imagination

In the most recent episode of Hulu's the Handmaid's Tale, we get perhaps the most disturbing glimpse yet of the Red Center. In it, one of the Marthas uses an electric shock prod on Offred as she berates the assembled women to humble themselves before God. As I watched, I wondered for the umpteenth time how anyone could believe engaging in such violence and humiliation could be right or good---or godly. And then it occurred to me. This already happens, right here in the U.S.I know these … [Read more...]


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