ERLC-Watch-Watch: The Watchdog blog against watchdog blogs that might keep Southern Baptist leaders accountable

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One way to avoid the kind of scandal that forced Richard Land out of the Southern Baptist ERLC would be for Southern Baptist leaders, going forward, to not spout racist garbage on the radio and not commit serial plagiarism. But Samuel James suggests another approach: suppressing all dissent and smothering public accountability under a fluffy pillow of sanctimonious blather. [Read more...]

A closed circle of squares: Hipster costumes can’t make exclusion cool

Skinny jeans, Red Wing shoes, and Brooklyn beards still wouldn't make these guys "cool."

The uncoolness of Q Ideas, I think, stems from its desire to attain insider status — its need for permission and approval and influence. Insider status always depends on a willingness to accept the rules of the insiders, which means a willingness to keep the outsiders outside. And excluding outsiders is the definition of uncool. Excluding outsiders precludes the possibility of coolness. [Read more...]

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...]


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