Wheaton College moves closer to its goal of an all-white faculty

Dr. Larycia Hawkins, Dave Gushee, and J.R. Daniel Kirk all have a hard time believing Wheaton College’s weird theological pretext for firing a tenured professor. That’s probably because Wheaton College administrators are lying their lily-white behinds off in claiming that this nakedly political, racist power-play has anything at all to do with Christianity. [Read more…]

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A Ted Cruz win could further Bartonize ‘mainstream’ white evangelicalism

If the Republican Party winds up rallying behind Ted Cruz, then the gatekeepers of white evangelicalism will fall in line. They’ll do so partly out of reflexive partisan loyalty, but partly out of financial necessity, because many of the same big donors who have contributed more than $38 million to David Barton’s pro-Cruz super-PAC are the same rich white guys who write big checks supporting mainstream white evangelical institutions. And that will be bad news for the evangelical critics of Barton and Bartonism. [Read more…]

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Toddlers on a treadmill: Why evangelicals can’t even take baby steps toward justice

That doesn’t mean they’ll be allowed to say “Do justice.” But — provided the anti-gay and anti-abortion stuff remains in good order — they may be allowed to suggest that doing justice is one possible optional extra that some Christians might optionally be permitted to consider as a hobby, just so long as they get their homework done first and it doesn’t otherwise interfere with their support for TAOTS or their opposition to gay baby-killing. [Read more…]

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InterVarsity takes a firehose to Pentecost in a rush to quench the spirit

A remarkable, prophetic moment took place at Urbana — the big student missions conference held by InterVarsity. And then, with dazzling speed, InterVarsity set to work quenching the spirit, backpedaling furiously and releasing an official statement intended to reassure white Christians who are terrified of black people. The pattern holds. [Read more…]

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‘Ed Dobson loved homosexuals’

Ed Dobson was a lieutenant in Jerry Falwell’s Moral Majority and helped to create the religious right. The Michigan pastor also worked with ACT UP to find ways that his fundamentalist mega-church could help people suffering from AIDS. [Read more…]

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Run, Franklin, run.

“In denouncing the Republican Party this week, Graham made a pitch for the prayer rallies he will hold in every state next year, starting in Iowa in January shortly before the crucial first presidential primary.” That almost sounds like Franklin Graham is organizing for an independent run for president. [Read more…]

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Do white evangelicals and Jews ‘worship the same God’?

However they got there, and whatever it is they think they mean, this is a Very Bad thing, Nothing good has ever come from Christians asserting that they and Jews worship different gods. This is an ideology that has fueled centuries of oppression, injustice and bloodshed — including the monstrous genocide of the 20th century. This notion also has far-reaching implications for Christians themselves, including the basic assertion that God is untrustworthy. [Read more…]

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More voices on Wheaton’s white gospel

Wil Gafney on Wheaton’s whitening of faith; Wheaton student Ellie Roth and alumnus Tobin Grant discuss the school’s shame; Susan Campbell and Ivy George examine this fear-driven “orthodoxy;” and John Schmalzbauer provides more historical context. [Read more…]

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