You might be an evangelical …

In addition to our unexpected hospital adventure this week we've also been puppy-sitting for my brother-in-law's 6-month-old poodle (energetic, mischievous, adorable). Whenever there's a quiet moment around here it seems that means someone is probably eating something that isn't food. My brother-and-law and his family are on vacation in Costa Rica. I was initially confused when told where they were going because, as an evangelical, I instinctively got fixated on the idea that this must be a … [Read more...]

'Growing Up Fundamentalist'

Last weekend, after months of pestering, I got my old Christian Service Brigade uniform shirt out of the attic. My wife never quite believed it was real, so finally I had to show it to her, struggling to remember what all of the various achievement patches I had earned were for. The slacktivixen finds the whole idea of Christian Service Brigade hilarious. "Fundamentalist Boy Scouts?" she says, laughing. "What -- the Boy Scouts were too worldly?" Yep. For our church, they were. But I'm still … [Read more...]

'We too fall with it'

So I'm working on collecting some of the older posts here, bundling them into categories of sorts and cleaning them up a bit in the hopes of producing that book-like thing I mentioned earlier. And that entails writing short introductions for the various sections. The following is my first shot at the introduction for the section on young-earth creationism. - - - - - - - - - - - - The oldest book in our Bible contains a hymn of praise to the Creator that rambles on for chapter after chapter. … [Read more...]

Movieguide approves of blue material

Movieguide, "the family guide to movies and entertainment," weighs in on The Smurfs. They smurfing loved it. It received three out of four stars, with a +1 content acceptability rating for BBB, C, CapCap, Ho, L, V, N, A. For those unfamiliar with Movieguide's unique content rating system: BBB: "Very strong biblical or moral worldview, principles, perspective or character" C: "Mild or light Christian worldview or elements, Gospel witness, redemptive elements, or positive reference to Jesus … [Read more...]

Don't look at the finger

Molly Worthen's Slate piece -- "Sign Here, and Here, and Here" -- on the weirdly slavery-friendly "Marriage Vow" being promoted by the Iowa religious right group "FAMiLY LEADER," includes a shrewd summary of why such declarations and manifestos have become so common, and thus so meaningless, in the evangelical subculture: These Declarations and Calls and Vows underscore the ongoing problem of authority that has defined evangelicals ever since they first thumbed their noses at the pope and—in … [Read more...]

From the archives: The Gay-Hatin' Gospel

(I'm collecting and recollecting some older posts in the hopes of possibly bundling some of them into something book-like. So since I spent a chunk of yesterday revisiting the posts below, I figured I'd re-post them here in slightly repolished form.) A 2007 poll conducted by the Barna Group revealed some remarkable developments in the public perception of American evangelical Christians: Today, the most common perception is that present-day Christianity is “anti-homosexual.” Overall, 91 … [Read more...]

The Gospel Blimp

PZ Myers encounters Spire Christian Comics and is predictably -- and appropriately -- horrified by Al Hartley's aggressively preachy and condescending take on the Archie Comics. I had most of those Spire comics when I was a kid, and Myers is right that Hartley's take on Archie and Riverdale seems like the work of a "demented fundamentalist." He links to a post by Josh Dobbin exploring some of Hartley's other overt proselytizing in the pages of the non-Spire Archie comics. They show a … [Read more...]

Orthodoxy and ignorance

Mike Todd, writing about Rob Bell's Love Wins and the (over)heated condemnation it has received, offers an insight into this fierce defense of rigid orthodoxies that collides neatly with our most recent Tribulation Force discussion. In particular, he explains why it is that real, true Christian heroes like Rayford Steele and Buck Williams cannot learn, change or grow. Here's Mike, writing about "Love Hell, Conciousness and the (Current) Impossibility of 'Church Unity'": If your spirituality is … [Read more...]