The Amalekite Genocide and Evangelical “Misinterpretation”

Some years ago, Child Evangelism Fellowship got in trouble for teaching children I Samuel 15:3 in their Good News Clubs. I Samuel 15:3---"Now go and strike Amalek and utterly destroy all that he has, and do not spare him; but put to death both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey." The Guardian described the lesson as follows: The CEF has been teaching the story of the Amalekites at least since 1973. In its earlier curriculum materials, CEF was euphemistic about the … [Read more...]


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Nice Cognitive Dissonance You’ve Got There

I recently came upon an article titled What Buddhism Learned from Christianity, by Marvin Olasky, editor of World Magazine. World Magazine covers national and international news from a distinctly evangelical perspective; I grew up reading the magazine. Intrigued, I perused Olasky's article and was struck by this paragraph: We also need to learn more about movement the other way: What from Eastern religions found its way into pseudo-gospels such as the Gospel of Thomas? Did monasticism and doctr … [Read more...]


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Worth Waiting For

This Christianity Today article popped up in my feed reader today.The title reads "Jesus' Family Tree Shows Us He Is Worth the Wait."The article is about Jesus' genealogy, but that's not the way I read the headline the first time through. Evangelical purity culture played such a central role in my upbringing that the phrase "worth the wait" is intrinsically tied to abstinence teachings. As a result, my mind went straight to Jesus, and sex, and then froze---that can't be right. I sent … [Read more...]


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Praying for Electoral Victory

Franklin Graham said the following at a Donald Trump rally just over a week ago, explaining why he believes Trump won the presidency: "I don't have any scientific information. I don't have a stack of emails to read to you. But I have an opinion: I believe it was God. God showed up. He answered the prayers of hundreds of thousands of people across this land who had been praying for this country," Graham told the crowd in Mobile, Ala. To many reporters, this sounded strange. It sounded, perhaps, … [Read more...]


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This Is How Evangelicals Defended Hitler in 1935

Check out this letter to the editor from October, 1935, found on tumblr. It was published in the Moody Monthly, a magazine produced by Moody Bible Institute.Here is a transcript of the text: To the Editor:After much prayer to our Saviour, I send you this word. I think you very much for your article in June about our brethren in Germany. God bless you that you give justice to Adolf Hitler, that you do not misjudge him. He tries as best he knows how to help Germany. You know that he … [Read more...]


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Why Susan Pevensie Has Defenders

Like every other good evangelical child, I grew up reading the Chronicles of Narnia, by C. S. Lewis. I was so fascinated with the books that my siblings and I made green and yellow rings and used them to travel through the pools in the wood between the worlds and explore imaginary worlds. (If you have no idea what I'm talking about, you need to reread the Magician's Nephew.) In my family, the four oldest children were two boys and two girls, so it was only natural that we would play as Peter, … [Read more...]


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Sacrificing Lives on the Altar of Marriage

It's time to talk about conservative evangelical pastor Doug Wilson again. Wilson became rather well known a while back for asking a judge to be lenient with a child molester he believed had repented---a child molester he later married to a woman in his congregation, asking God to bless the couple with children. Wilson writes frequently about what he calls "homosexual marriage," and when he does he spares no words. Rather, he goes out of his way to be petty and crude.In a recent essay about m … [Read more...]


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