The Merits (and Demerits) of the “Radical” Movement

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As noted below, an important and complex discussion has arisen around the “radical” movement.  My thanks to Barton Gingerich of the Institute on Religion and Democracy for his contribution to this conversation: * Remember Your Baptism: A Message for Radicals, Legalists, Wheat and Tares By Barton Gingerich American evangelicals are finally debating the merits of [Read More...]

Evangelical Support for Immigration Reform is Biblical, Not Political

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Many thanks to Matthew Soerens, who specializes on immigration issues for World Relief, for reading the recent guest post from Mark Tooley and offering this response:  * Evangelical Support for Immigration Reform is Biblical, Not Political By Matthew Soerens Recently there appeared here at Philosophical Fragments a guest post by Mark Tooley, president of the Institute for [Read More...]

An Evangelical Argument for Permitting Same-Sex Marriage Laws

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Recently I mentioned that I was sincerely questioning whether religious conservatives should still favor laws and constitutional amendments against same-sex marriage.  My reasons were partly practical, partly strategic, and partly theological.  Let me try to reframe the argument: 1.  It was once the case that there prevailed in the United States an overwhelming cultural consensus [Read More...]

What if God Really Likes Us?

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Some powerful words from Peter Enns: A lot of people have heard of “the parable of the prodigal (i.e., wasteful) son.” Some translations call it “the parable of the lost son,” which is better but not quite there. I prefer “the parable of the jerk loser son.” When the son was still a far way [Read More...]

Showing Grace When Evangelical Leaders Speak Intemperately

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Recent comments in the wake of the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting, from the likes of Mike Huckabee and James Dobson, among others, have evoked an impassioned conversation on the public representation of evangelicals and how evangelicals best engage the culture.  A few pieces offered here on this blog have addressed that conversation — and [Read More...]


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