On Rod Dreher’s Ironic Response to Rachel Held Evans

Rod Dreher, senior editor of the American Conservative and convert to Catholicism then Eastern Orthodoxy, has published a book promoting the "Benedict Option" idea that he's been kicking around for a decade. I was struck by blog post Dreher wrote recently in response to criticism from progressive writer Rachel Held Evans, because in his post Dreher inadvertently backed up Evans' critique in a way that also pointed to the strength and depth of Dreher's persecution complex.But first, some backg … [Read more...]


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Thrown Out to Witness

Growing up in an evangelical home, I was taught that saving souls was the most important thing we could do. Because I was homeschooled, however, I wasn't exposed to a lot of unsaved people as a child. There were the international students my parents sponsored, but these students were older than I was, and evangelizing them was more my parents' game. I did try to evangelize several relatives, one aunt in particular, but (perhaps unsurprisingly) that didn't go so well. One reason I decided to a … [Read more...]


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Voting for Trump with Jesus in the Room

A drive-in theater in Alabama won't be showing the new Beauty and the Beast movie because it has a gay character. The owner, Carol Laney, explained thusly: If I can’t sit through a movie with God or Jesus sitting by me then we have no business showing it. I grew up in an evangelical home, and I remember hearing this same basic argument made in a variety of situations---for instance, don't do anything with your boyfriend/girlfriend that you wouldn't do if Jesus were in the room, or even, when a … [Read more...]


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Building Reality on Ancient Cosmology

James McGrath just shared this image on his blog:McGrath added this commentary: I might quibble about minor details – for instance, I think that when Genesis talks about the waters gathering together into one place called “seas,” it has in mind the Mediterranean and adjoining seas in the midst of the land, and not oceans as yet unexplored around the edges. I'm sure one could quibble with other details in the artist's representation above, but the point remains---the cosmology of the Anc … [Read more...]


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I Grew Up in an Evangelical Home. I Don’t Remember This Level of Islamophobia.

I grew up in an evangelical home. I was homeschooled, and the area where we lived was very white, and very Christian. In spite of this, by the time I reached adulthood I likely had more personal experience with Muslims than most Americans.When I was small, we lived in the next door apartment to a Muslim family from Pakistan. The husband was a pediatrician---we'll call him Dr. Hussein. His wife wore a headscarf, and the children---three of them---were the same ages as my siblings and I. We pl … [Read more...]


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Ken Ham Has a Serious Lack of Imagination

Last week, Answers in Genesis' Ken Ham created a spot of controversy when he tweeted these pictures from a new exhibit at the Ark Encounter theme park:Naturally, these photos garnered immediate attention. Of particular interest was this one, which shows a dinosaur entering a coliseum filled with humans:My response to these images is likely very different from most others' response. When I saw these images, I was profoundly disappointed in Ham's lack of imagination. Look, I grew up … [Read more...]


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An Evangelical-TERF Alliance Shouldn’t Surprise Anyone

The conservative evangelical magazine, WORLD, is ecstatic. "Christians, feminists unite to fight transgender restroom policies," a headline declared last week. The debate about transgender restroom access has forged unlikely allies. Last month, the conservative Family Policy Alliance (FPA) and the self-described “radical feminist” Women’s Liberation Front (WoLF), co-filed a brief with the Supreme Court opposing efforts to allow transgender students to use the restroom of their perceived gen … [Read more...]


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