Inerrancy, white evangelicals, ‘and the sin of racism’

The Oracle at Delphi was inerrant. Fat lot of good that did anybody.

Emma Green’s “Southern Baptists and the Sin of Racism” provides us a sharp image of the SBC’s long, ugly struggle with what its leaders now at last admit is a sin. But I think it’s a mirror image — accurate, but backwards. I don’t think their doctrine of “inerrancy” and their individualistic spirituality contributed to the sin of racism, I think those things are a product of it. [Read more...]

What’s the deal with this ‘Sunday WTF’?

BIBLE

I’m sure that some people will perceive my focus on these passages as an “attack” on the Bible. But I’m not attacking it, I’m just quoting it — accurately. Those who wish to “defend” the Bible from being quoted accurately need to recognize that it cannot be the Bible itself that they’re defending. [Read more...]

Postcards from the culture wars (4.9)

TexasWhitePeople

“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love.” [Read more...]

How fundies miss out on the fun (the Synoptic Problem is not that kind of ‘problem’)

Harmony1

Fundamentalists see the “synoptic problem” as the wrong kind of problem — as an embarrassing mistake that needs to be corrected by “harmonizing” the Gospels. But it’s not that kind of problem. It’s a literary detective story. It’s an ancient puzzle challenging us to try to solve it. And it’s really, really cool. [Read more...]

Duck Dynasty’s loveless ethics and why reaver jokes aren’t funny

Reavers

Phil Robertson isn’t just saying that his atheist neighbors are all sub-human reavers, he’s also saying that he would be a reaver himself if he hadn’t gotten “saved” at the right kind of church. His statement about those atheist neighbors is demonstrably ignorant. Let’s hope he’s equally ignorant about himself and that he doesn’t have any actual knowledge that what he’s accusing himself of might be true. [Read more...]

Duck Dynasty’s loveless ethics and … the Aristocrats!

SatanazisAgain

“Duck Dynasty” grandpappy Phil Robertson made an appalling confession, which he presented in the form of an accusation. Robertson revealed a horrific fantasy of his, wrapped up in a long story that was kind of like the old “Aristocrats!” joke, except he changed the punchline to “The Atheists!” What he was telling us, in sum, was that the only reason he doesn’t constantly torture, rape and murder is that he believes God would punish him for it. [Read more...]

The Satanic baby-killers of London

NoSheDoesnt

Here’s how to do it. First, look at The Guardian’s headline for the story above: “Claims of Satanic cult and child sacrifices in London are baseless, judge rules.” That seems like good news, but it also doesn’t say anything about you. And that’s the key to this process — learning to make it all about you. All that requires is a simple tweaking of that headline: “Judge refuses to prosecute Satanic cult and child sacrifices in London.” [Read more...]

Episcopalian and evangelical are not exclusive categories

TrinityLogo

This transparent heads-I-win, tails-you-lose cooking of the books happens all the time with all of the so-called “mainline” denominations. When it is convenient for evangelicals to do so, they dismiss the whole thing as a hive of post-Christian liberalism. And then, when it is convenient for evangelicals to do so, they argue that the denomination is actually mostly made up of good evangelicals. [Read more...]


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