A preferential option for predators: Christianity Today hires the Rev. Humbert Humbert to serve as a spiritual adviser to its readers

Like Leadership Journal, the profilers on "Criminal Minds" seek to understand how sexual predators think. The difference is that these FBI agents don't consider ministering to those predators to be their No. 1 priority.

The premier magazine for white evangelical clergy is facing powerful criticism for its decision to publish the self-justifying rationalizations of a sexual predator, and for presenting ministry to such former ministers as the No. 1 priority when dealing with sexual abuse by clergy. In doing so, Christianity Today seemed to share, and to reinforce, the abuser’s disregard for his victims. [Read more...]

Feedly Hell

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I do not believe in the existence of Hell, but I do believe in “Hell” in the biblical sense. My statement here — “There’s a very special room in Hell” for these hackers — employs the term in precisely that biblical sense, conveying no more and no less than what the small handful of biblical passages mentioning “Hell” also convey. [Read more...]

Participating in deception: ‘Narrative can become fact’

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Joseph Laycock’s description of “ostension” and the “corrupt play” dynamics that fueled the Slender Man stabbing seem accurate to me. I think this is an insightful way of grasping what happened with those two little girls and also a perspective that helps us to understand what went so horribly wrong with Jerad and Amanda Miller. It also helps us to understand the Satanic baby-killer fantasy that has deformed so much of American religion and politics. [Read more...]

Conversion to what? Conversion from what? The unanswered questions of ‘Great Commission Baptists’

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“Conversionism” is one of the defining characteristics of white evangelicalism — part of the famous “Bebbington quadrilateral” that attempts to define this amorphous stream of Protestant faith. But conversionism is an empty set, a cipher, a blank slate. It is meaningless unless we can first answer two unasked and unanswered questions: Conversion to what? And conversion from what? [Read more...]

Anti-abortion activist says Obama’s presidential library will be just like Heaven

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Erasing those women — eliminating them from our imagining — is probably the second-most horrifying thing about the ghost story that Michael Bresciani has assigned us to imagine. Perhaps even worse than that, though, is this terrifying realization: Bresciani’s surreal imaginary haunting of the Obama presidential library provides an image of what the majority of white evangelicals insist that Heaven is like. [Read more...]

Creationist counterfeit teams up with genuine Neo-Confederate

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This spectacular, 30-foot-long, 10-foot-high specimen clearly doesn’t belong in the Creation Museum. It clashes. The allosaur is actually awe-inspiring and wondrous. Set there amidst the rest of the Creation Museum, it can only highlight the shoddy papier-mâché propaganda of the rest of the place. It’s undeniable reality can’t help but serve as a foil to emphasize the unreality of everything else in the museum. [Read more...]

‘God and the Gay Christian’ is not a new thing

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To hear the politicians, marketeers and fundraisers of the religious right talk, you’d think that Matthew Vines’ book God and the Gay Christian is full of of startling, unprecedented new ideas. It’s not. As Randy Potts reminds us at Box Turtle Bulletin: There have been books on gay apologetics for as long as there have [Read More...]

Is Owen Strachan’s Bro-formed theology heretical?

The founding manifesto for the "biblical manhood" group is called "The Danvers Statement." That's never not funny.

Owen Strachan is wrong to believe that God is intrinsically, actually and exclusively male. The Bible doesn’t teach that and orthodox Christian theology doesn’t teach that. But this doesn’t mean that Owen Strachan is a heretic, just a sexist jerk. And that’s much, much worse than heresy. [Read more...]


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