Tribune report contradicts Wheaton’s sanctimonious official story

This stinks to high heaven. Wheaton loves to think of itself as the “Harvard of evangelicalism.” It’s acting like the Bob Jones of evangelicalism. And Wheaton’s current president, Philip Ryken, seems determined to turn it into the Corinthian College of evangelicalism. [Read more…]

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Please be impotently polite in responding to our uncivil abuse of power

Suspending a tenured professor based on an implausible twisting of her words is not polite. Abusing administrative power is not polite. Attempting to intimidate your entire faculty is not polite. And scapegoating a professor as retaliation against student leaders for their commendable behavior is not polite. [Read more…]

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How popular worship songs help fund an abuser

Bob Smietana’s exposé of a spiritually, financially, physically and sexually abusive “prosperity gospel” cult in Nashville is a fascinating, devastating and disturbing read. But it’s the link between that cult and one of the most popular “worship song” writers in white evangelicalism that gives this story broader importance. [Read more…]

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More on Wheaton, aka, ‘the white evangelical Faber’

Insightful commentary from theologians Miroslav Volf and J.R. Daniel Kirk, Paul Moses of “Commonweal,” Wheaton alumnus Marty Troyer, and from the other Wheaton College — the one in Massachusetts that didn’t hire a bunch of anti-Muslim bigots as administrators. [Read more…]

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Breaking news: Wheaton College suspends King Christian X of Denmark for suggesting Christians and Jews worship the same God

How should Christian leaders respond to escalating violence and bigotry toward Muslims? The leaders of Wheaton College suggest the best course of action would be a monomaniacal focus on preposterous semantic hair-splitting premised on a willfully hostile and perverse reading of non-controversial remarks about the God of Abraham. I disagree. [Read more…]

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Wheaton College suspends its own credibility

It’s impossible to see Wheaton College’s abrupt suspension of Prof. Hawkins as anything other than an obsequious, groveling attempt to appease Rich White Donors. And as a not-so-subtle threat to the rest of the faculty, staff and students to get in line and settle down. Or else. This is a sin. And a total dick move. [Read more…]

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Creationists didn’t do all the reading

If you’ve ever taught a class with this kind of reading/discussion set up, you’ll likely recognize this maneuver. Or maybe you were a student in such a class and you were eager to get into something intriguing in chapter 6 and wound up frustrated that the whole session was spent parsing a few paragraphs in the first pages of chapter 1. Or maybe you were That Student — persistently dragging out the discussion of that first chapter and trying to run out the clock before anyone moves on to the other stuff you didn’t read and exposes you as unprepared. [Read more…]

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‘If X is not wrong, then nothing is wrong’

Throughout all those years of refusing to admit that we had been wrong, and were still wrong — and of compounding that wrongness by failing to explore how and why we could have been so thoroughly, utterly, and monstrously wrong — white evangelical Christians sometimes tried to distract ourselves and others by changing the subject. We did this by borrowing Lincoln’s formula: “If X is not wrong, then nothing is wrong.” If we could find some other value for X — anything other than the enduring disgrace of our wrongness about slavery — then we could hope to reclaim some measure of moral credibility. [Read more…]

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