The Two Nativity Stories

Some years ago, I read several books by scholar Bart Ehrman. This month I'm rereading one of his most widely sold books, Jesus, Interrupted. Ehrman explains the historical-critical approach to the Bible and talks about contradictions in the Bible, as well as the ways scholars approach and understand these discrepancies.Anyway, I was struck by a comment, which came in the midst of discussion of Matthew and Luke's stories of the nativity, that the two narratives agreed on only two things: that … [Read more...]


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Mike Pence’s Dinner Rule Is Only the Beginning

Last week the media went bananas over news that Vice President Mike Pence refuses to dine alone with any woman who is not his wife. But this information wasn't new (it had been reported before), and it wasn't the least bit surprising. I grew up in a conservative evangelical home and church community, and contact between men and women was often approached with a great deal of concern.Many evangelicals hold a particularly low view of men's ability to control their sexual drives. Women are instr … [Read more...]


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“I’m not saying they deserve to be raped, but…”

Conservative evangelical provocateur Doug Wilson recently posted an article titled On the Moral Necessity of Judging Books by the Cover on his blog. It was ... interesting, to say the least. In his post, Wilson argues that we should judge people by their appearances, in contrast to what anti-racism or feminist groups might argue. A black male wearing a hoodie and low-slung jeans should be assumed to be dangerous, and that women who dress a certain way are selling something.Check out this … [Read more...]


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Evangelical Editor Sees Persecution at Airbnb

I grew up in an evangelical home, believing (because I was told so) that evangelical Christians were persecuted. Unfortunately, the growing success of the LGBTQ rights movement has given evangelical Christians one more way to see themselves as persecuted---because, they argue, their religious freedom includes the freedom to discriminate. Even here, though, many evangelicals are so quick to claim that they're being persecuted that they'll go out of their way to do so.It seems World Magazine's … [Read more...]


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That Time Jesus Was at the Well with Steve Bannon

I grew up in an evangelical home; while I'm no longer religious, I've become somewhat familiar with liberation theology, and with progressive Christianity more generally. Given this familiarity, I was seriously troubled by a recent tweet by Nadia Bolz-Weber, progressive Christian pastor and author:Text: We all come back from the grocery store to the sight of Jesus chatting it up at the well with Steve Bannon. Jesus is the worst. The story about the woman at the well, of course, goes l … [Read more...]


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Christianity Today Goes Full Pick-Up Artist

You know you've been there---you're sitting on the train or in an airplane (or perhaps in a waiting room or at a park) and you find yourself briefly in conversation with a stranger nearby. So you make smalltalk. Jerry Root, an evangelical professor, wants his readers to turn this smalltalk into evangelization.Root's call to everyday evangelism is in itself is perhaps not surprising---after all, evangelicals have long placed significant emphasis on evangelism---but his detailed discussion of t … [Read more...]


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Rod Dreher Once Called Pedophile Priests the “Lavender Mafia”

In writing my recent post about Rod Dreher's response to Rachel Held Evans, I came upon something that piqued my interest. From Rod Derher's Wikipedia page: Raised a Methodist, he converted to Roman Catholicism in 1993. He wrote widely in the Catholic press, but covering the Roman Catholic Church's child sex abuse scandal, starting in 2002, led him to question his Catholicism,[1] and on October 12, 2006, he announced his conversion to Eastern Orthodoxy.[12] At the time, Dreher had argued that th … [Read more...]


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