Chick-fil-A Biblical Family of the Day

“We support biblical families,” Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy says of his fast-food corporation. So let’s take a look at some of those biblical families. Today’s entry: Gideon. [Read more…]

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Evangelicals vs. Persons With Disabilities: The real dangers of fighting against imaginary monsters

Evangelicals led the fight to block the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities. Because of abortion and the Antichrist. Did this treaty have anything at all to do with abortion or the Antichrist? No. Nothing at all to do with either of those, but American evangelicals aren’t going to let a little thing like reality get in the way of some oh-so-enjoyable self-righteous masturbation. [Read more…]

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#progGOD: Incarnation and the problem with Aslan

Aslan doesn’t really work as a Jesus figure. The Pevensies may be the sons of Adam and daughters of Eve, but Aslan is not. Narnia, in other words, is an allegory that lacks incarnation. And you can’t have a Christ figure without incarnation. [Read more…]

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Chick-fil-A Biblical Family of the Day

“We support biblical families,” Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy says of his fast-food corporation. So let’s take a look at some of those biblical families. Today’s entry: Jacob and Esau. [Read more…]

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Patriarchal Christian boys will only allow Priscilla to smile and nod silently as Aquila speaks

The Apostle Paul must have been furious. Priscilla broke his rule requiring her to sit “in silence with full submission.” She violated his rule by teaching a man, wielding authority over and correcting a male preacher. But if Paul found any of that upsetting, he never said a word about it. [Read more…]

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Why C.S. Lewis was wrong about ‘sixpence none the richer’

What would it mean, actually, to try to give sixpence to God? I don’t mean a figurative or an allegorical sixpence here, with the coins symbolizing good works or our attempts at righteousness or some other such abstraction. I mean the actual sum of sixpence in cash money. [Read more…]

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Chick-fil-A Biblical Family of the Day

“We support biblical families,” Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy says of his fast-food corporation. So let’s take a look at some of those biblical families. Today’s entry: Joash. [Read more…]

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The all-or-nothing lie of fundamentalist Christianity (part 2)

The form of fundamentalism taught by my family’s church was utterly incompatible with the form of fundamentalism taught by the churches of some of my classmates and teachers. Our church taught that they were not legitimate Christians, and their church taught that we were not legitimate Christians. Both sides took this disagreement very seriously, with the denial/acceptance of speaking in tongues regarded as a theological disaster equivalent to embracing evolutionary science or textual criticism. Each side regarded the other as violating the all-or-nothing package-deal of fundamentalist Christianity. [Read more…]

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