Trust me, I’ve tried all the other religions. All of them.

This is a thing that a lot of evangelical Christians do and that we really need to stop doing. It’s an attempt to tell your story in a way that discounts and dismisses every other story. That’s always a bad look and it comes from a bad place. It’s the impulse that is unable to celebrate anything without simultaneously disparaging everything else that is not that thing. And it’s an attempt to bolster what you’re saying about what you do know by claiming to also be an expert about everything else. [Read more…]

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‘What became of the Christian intellectuals?’

When looking for the next Niebuhr, or for the next nationally influential Christian public intellectual, for some reason, Martin Luther King Jr. doesn’t count. This is never explained. We can guess at one very bad reason for why this might be so, but I suspect it’s due to another, slightly less-bad reason. I’m guessing it’s because Jacobs doesn’t think King fits neatly into the standard mold for what he imagines a “Christian intellectual” should be. [Read more…]

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‘Moral tribalism’ and translating the d-word

Haidt’s use of that word “righteous” is primarily, almost entirely, negative, implying a kind of self-righteousness or a sense of self-justification. This is righteousness as rectitude, as uprightness, or moral purity and correctness. It is righteousness as the acquisitive and proprietary possession of truth. This form of righteousness is not a virtue, but it’s what American Christians have learned from their American Bibles. [Read more…]

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If abortion is murder, then you shouldn’t be a single-issue voter against it

Accepting the premise of abortion-as-murder provides no justification for forming a partisan voting bloc in the hopes of one day perhaps changing the composition of the Supreme Court. That would be an utterly, miserably, monstrously inadequate response. The implications of John Piper’s suggestion that this should make us “single-issue voters” is reprehensible — akin to suggesting that we should willingly collaborate in the Holocaust 364 days a year, while on that one other day voting for the reformist elements of our Vichy Republic in the hopes of eventual change. [Read more…]

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‘The Supreme Court’ doesn’t mean abortion — it means Shelby County

White evangelicals vote based on the Supreme Court. The best that can be said for this voting strategy is that it intended to produce an overturn of Roe v. Wade but instead, accidentally it produced the Roberts Court’s ruling in Shelby County, ripping out the guts of the Voting Rights Act. That may be overly generous, though. If we consider the real history of the religious right, it seems Shelby County was the real goal of this Supreme Court voting strategy all along. [Read more…]

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‘Vote for the crook. It’s important.’

Although David Duke won the Republican nomination, he was not endorsed by Republican officials in Louisiana. Instead, they condemned him as “unfit for office,” urging Louisiana voters to stop him by voting for Edwards. Louisiana Republicans famously distributed bumper stickers reading “Vote for the Crook. It’s important.” [Read more…]

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Tim LaHaye: dead fundamentalist

“Fundamentalist” is a word that means something. It is a useful and necessary descriptive word that conveys meaning and distinction. It is a useful and necessary word that has a definition, and Tim LaHaye fits that definition. Tim LaHaye — separatist, inerrantist, literalist, dispensationalist, creationist — fits that definition definitively. [Read more…]

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How to make a fortune (and lose your soul) prophesying the End Times

Want to make some easy money? A bit of creatively implausible exegesis and some conveniently elastic numerology can give us a new-and-improved End Times countdown that starts next year. There’s a fortune waiting to be made for anyone who doesn’t mind that this would entail becoming a soul-less, blasphemous, predatory monster. [Read more…]

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