Anxious, overbearing parents glad for return of ‘Brio’

Brio is back. Focus on the Family is resurrecting its magazine targeting the teenage girls of white evangelicalism, because if anyone has his finger on the pulse of what’s hip and cool for teenagers, it’s long-time religious-right patriarch, spanking enthusiast, and proven false prophet James Dobson. Those who remember reading Brio back in the ’90s fall [Read More…]

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Rayford Pence and ‘the Billy Graham rule’

“Is there anything sadder – and ultimately more repellent – than a clean-minded pornographer?” That was Pauline Kael reacting to Kubrick’s “Clockwork Orange,” but it’s also an apt description of the so-called “Billy Graham rule,” which fosters the creepy obsessiveness of the habitual cheater and attempts to re-brand it as vigilance. [Read more…]

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I guess we’ll have to wait and see

Let’s relax and take a deep breath with an almost completely Trump-free post, featuring the music of the Old 97’s, a new documentary on Reinhold Niebuhr, and the sense of recognition that comes from realizing that comedian Pete Holmes is a Gordon College grad and a recovering evangelical (that explains a lot). [Read more…]

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Science, reality and ‘persecuted Christians’

Science reports like this make listening to “secular” news radio just one more thing that’s being taken away from them. And so this feeds into the weird (but also delicious) delusion that white Christians in America are being persecuted for their faith. [Read more…]

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The audacious claim that we are not shaped by history

Every facet of white evangelical Christianity as it exists in America today is based on this unspoken belief. It is the bold claim that defines the tradition, the bedrock of everything that white evangelical Christianity is and strives to be. That claim is this: Hundreds of years of slavery and a century of Jim Crow oppression had no effect on the shape of American Christianity.

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Causes and effects

The very same survey data they’ve collected might demonstrate something very different from what they’re arguing. They say this data shows that church-attendance makes it less likely for people to wind up divorced or addicted or in financial distress. But it’s just as possible — and far more likely — that it simply proves, instead, that our churches are really, really bad at welcoming people who are divorced, addicted, or in financial distress. [Read more…]

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On Satanic baby-killers: From TruNews and Full Frontal

Wacky fringe broadcaster Rick Wiles here is simply saying the quiet parts loud. He’s saying directly what the rest of white evangelical culture says indirectly — what that culture believes, and what it requires its members to believe. What Wiles offers is a distillation of that belief — the central, bedrock foundation of contemporary white evangelicalism — in its starkest form. [Read more…]

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How did a ‘heart for missions’ lead to contempt?

The “10/40 Window” used to be a big deal in mission conferences at white evangelical churches. Nowadays, white evangelicals seem to view these countries differently. The “10/40 Window” is the region from which white evangelicals want to ban refugees and immigrants. It’s the region white evangelicals want their chosen president to carpet bomb, invade, and steal oil from. [Read more…]

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