Sorry, Bible. Christians Just Aren’t That Into You.

I recently ran across this gobsmackingly self-deluded blog post from fundagelical group The Gospel Coalition (TGC) about why they think Christians don’t read their Bibles enough. It gave me such a fit of the giggles! After I recovered, I thought maybe I’d help them out a little by showing them why they really shouldn’t trust Christian surveys–and what the problem likely actually involves. [Read more…]


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Medicine vs. Exorcism: The Real Miracle.

One of the biggest markers of modern Christianity–and one of the reasons it is eventually going to fall apart–is that its adherents are incapable of testing and evaluating their ideas in a credible way, which leads them to do really harmful things to themselves and others as they flail around with their magical thinking in hopes of fixing problems that magical thinking just can’t fix. [Read more…]


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Needs Must When the Culture War Drives.

We are in the midst of a vast change in morality that is every bit as epochal as the Great Vowel Shift that brought us modern English pronunciation. This Great Morality Shift is sweeping us into a new era of Christianity, defining its adherents’ behavior and goals for years to come. Like most huge changes, though, this is one that is difficult to see while it’s happening. It took me a while to notice it myself. But now I see clear indications of where the religion is heading. I’ll show you one of the biggest indications of that change here today. [Read more…]


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Oh Noes! The Baptism Drought Continues for the SBC!

The biggest Protestant denomination in the United States continues to suffer serious churn in its membership, and those of us who are rooting for its failure won’t be disappointed to hear how they’re dealing with it. I recently discovered a quiet little update to one of their most surprising task force meetings. [Read more…]


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Ten Questions About Christianity: Answered.

Nobody needs to ask stuff they already know. There’s a certain element of insularity and naivete to these questions that is almost charming. [Read more…]


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A Coffee Date with People to Be “Loved.”

Preston Sprinkle is trying to find the same have-it-both-ways middle ground between bigotry and acceptance that his “third way” peers are struggling to find. Today I’ll show you one suggestion he’s making to find that nonexistent middle ground. [Read more…]


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The False Third Way of People to Be “Loved.”

Preston Sprinkle is clearly trying to find a way to square himself with his tribe’s culture war in his book, People to Be Loved. I wanted to touch on what the “third way” is, how it came about, where he differs with it, and why the idea ultimately fails before I talk more about his various suggestions for Christians and LGBTQ people. [Read more…]


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Listening But Not Really to People to Be “Loved.”

The book is meant to be a tightrope walk between the evangelical tribe’s current antipathy toward gay people and full affirmation, all laced with Bible verses and lots of careful hermeneutics. In its primary suggestion to his fellow evangelicals, its foundational assumptions ultimately destroy whatever good might have been intended–or accomplished. [Read more…]


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Starting from Wrong Assumptions: People to Be “Loved.”

As we discussed last time, Christians’ condemnation of gay people is not only quickly becoming one of their core marker beliefs, but it’s also becoming one of the beliefs they’re fighting the hardest to protect–and arguably the belief that is costing them the most in terms of both adherents and credibility. I’d be hard-pressed to think of a single other belief for right-wing Christians that is costing them as much as this one is. Today I’ll touch on why this belief is so hard for right-wing Christians to shake–and why Preston Sprinkle, in his book People to Be Loved, is starting his quest for understanding by asking the wrong question. [Read more…]


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HB2: Onward, Christian Bigots!

Lately we’ve been talking about North Carolina’s House Bill 2, which demands that people use the public bathrooms corresponding to the sex marked on their birth certificates. We’ve spent a lot of time talking about this bill and what it means for both toxic Christians and LGBTQ folks. Today I want to look at some new developments in the bill’s future–and explain why it’s important to understand fundagelicals’ sudden obsession with transgender people. [Read more…]


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