The Defenders of Slavery Taught us How to Bible

Consider the actual mechanism at work in that “Bible debate” over slavery. Consult the concordance and look up passages containing the words “slavery” or “slave.” But don’t look up passages containing the words “kidnap” or “captive” or “rape” or “oppression” or “bondage” or “justice” or “theft” or “wages” or “children.” [Read more…]

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The Scary Story racket is a two-part grift

The private jet is the detail that really jumps out at everybody. As it should — it’s such an extravagant example of the kind of crassly self-indulgent excess and exploitative corruption at the heart of this story: Meanwhile, a company run by Gary’s wife, Kim Sekulow, has received $6.2m since 2000 in fees for media [Read More…]

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Christian nationalism and white nationalism

Kelly J. Baker studied one of the darker corners of American history, writing Gospel According to the Klan: The KKK’s Appeal to Protestant America, 1915-1930. Baker wishes this was simply the esoteric specialty of a historian, but her topic of study remains disturbingly relevant today. She’s written about that continuing relevance in a Religion & Culture [Read More…]

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Pew Research finding calls for sackcloth and ashes

Some would adamantly disagree that white evangelicalism has, in any way, “gone wrong.” (It’s those liberal mainline Protestants who went wrong, doncha know, with their fancy seminaries and their Darwinism and whatnot.) But the more important and more interesting disagreement is among those who perceive that, yes, white evangelicalism has gone wrong, but who approach what that means in two very different ways. [Read more…]

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Southern Baptists still think of white supremacy as a ‘stain’

The Southern Baptist Convention has passed an official resolution on racism. I’m happy to report that they’re against it. Alas, they also demonstrated that they don’t understand what it is they’re against and up against, or what it will mean for them to oppose it in substance and not just in rhetoric. [Read more…]

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Baptist ‘Resolutions’ Aren’t Usually Newsworthy, but the Struggle to Pass One is

Resolutions and the votes on them tend to get reported as official Southern Baptist pronouncements — as analogous to papal encyclicals or edicts issued by the bishops of formal denominational churches. That’s misleading. These resolutions don’t present official denominational dogma because there is no official denomination. [Read more…]

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Ralph Reed still betting on white evangelical suckers

Ralph Reed avoided prison for his role in the Jack Abramoff casino-lobbying scandal. That’s the best you can say for him. He managed to participate in Abramoff’s schemes and scams, and to get very rich doing so, yet somehow skated by as an unindicted co-conspirator. [Read more…]

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A groovy relic of the forbidden evangelical past

For my birthday I bought myself a book that’s almost as old as I am. It’s from 1975, as you may be able to tell from the groovy cover design. Even Zondervan Press covers were groovy in the ’70s. [Read more…]

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