Denomination of the Week: Grace Communion International

Denomination of the Week: Grace Communion International (GCI)With this post I begin a new series; I hope to post one like it each week. Each post will highlight an American denomination. (This is, of course, related to my work as reviser/editor of the Handbook of Denominations in the United States beginning with the 14th edition.) The purpose of this series is not so much to express my opinions (although I will sometimes do that as here) but to educate people about little-known or poorly … [Read more...]

Miscellaneous Footnotes to Earlier Posts: Feminism, Racism, Prayer

Miscellaneous Footnotes to Earlier Posts: Feminism, Racism, and PrayerI don’t care to devote entire posts to these topics because they are basically footnotes to earlier posts on these subjects.First, a couple months ago I decried the “exoneration” of the Cleveland, Ohio policeman who shot twelve year old Tamir Rice. The video is there for everyone to see. I have seen it several times myself. I don’t see how anyone can view it and not be sickened. A child is standing in a public park and … [Read more...]

Request for Help with The Handbook of Denominations

Below you will see the Table of Contents of the Handbook of Denominations 13th edition and alphabetical listing of denominations included. I have omitted from the TOC groupings of denominations (mostly non-Christian) that will be omitted from the 14th edition. I have not done that with the alphabetical list; it here includes non-Christian denominations. The 14th edition, which I will edit and revise, will only include denominations rooted in Christianity (without using any standard of o … [Read more...]

A New Research Project: Editing/Revising the “Handbook of Denominations in the United States”

A New Research Project: Editing/Revising the Handbook of Denominations in the United StatesMany years ago I began collecting and reading editions of Abingdon Press’s Handbook of Denominations in the United States edited then by Frank S. Mead. I think the first edition I perused, probably in my father’s library, was the 1965 New Fourth Edition. Since then Abingdon has published eight new editions edited in succession by Mead, Samuel Hill, and Craig Atwood. The most recent edition is the thi … [Read more...]

And then Again…Clarifications about “Christian Reconstructionism” and the “Prosperity Gospel”

And then Again…Clarifications about “Christian Reconstructionism” and the “Prosperity Gospel”This is a footnote or addendum to yesterday’s post entitled “A Call for American Evangelical Leaders to Confront Evangelicalism’s Lunatic Fringe” (December 3, 2015).Whenever I mention a movement or type critically someone responds—either by direct, personal e-mail or here, in a posted comment,—accusing me of being “uncharitable.” Often they mean—to them or their organization. Sometimes they just t … [Read more...]

A Call for American Evangelical Leaders to Confront Evangelicalism’s Lunatic Fringe

A Call for American Evangelical Leaders to Confront Evangelicalism’s Lunatic FringeEvery religious movement that grows sufficiently large has a lunatic fringe; extremists attach themselves to religious (and other) movements to gain respectability and a “voice”—to influence the movement and others through it. Then, inevitably, critics of the movement accuse it of fostering lunatics and identify the latter with the center of the movement itself.This is self-evident to anyone who studies rel … [Read more...]

An Extended Footnote/Addendum to My Review of Oord’s “The Uncontrolling Love of God”…

An Extended Footnote/Addendum to My Review of Oord’s The Uncontrolling Love of God…In that review, posted here on November 28, 2015, I mentioned an evangelical Wesleyan philosopher who, I believe, settled the “problem” of God and gratuitous evil within a frame of reference of free will theism (belief in libertarian freedom). I suggested that had Oord read Evil and the Christian God (Baker, 1982) by Michael Peterson perhaps his strong objections to belief in a good God who permits gratuitous e … [Read more...]


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