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: Seducing a virgin. [Read more…]

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White evangelicals: Three critiques and a clueless open letter

Chris Hayes says “the sense of persecution and siege that many white Christians feel down to their toes” is driving conservative policy in America. And Michael L. Brown illustrates what Hayes describes with an “Open Letter to Black Evangelicals” that has to be seen to be believed. [Read more…]

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‘Jesus jokes’ are nothing new

My sense is that jokes about Jesus were probably already well-established by the time the Alexamenos graffito was scratched into a Roman wall. [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: Selling your daughter into slavery. [Read more…]

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How evangelical tribal gatekeepers operate: ‘I want you to go after Campolo’

“I was given an assignment: write a booklet defending what we thought was the traditional view of biblical sexuality against the alternative view being promoted by supporters of the gay Christian community. One day, as I was in the middle of this assignment, my boss met me in the hall and handed me a manila folder. The tab read, ‘Campolo, Tony.’ My boss looked at me and said, ‘This is for the booklet. I want you to go after Campolo.'” [Read more…]

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Religious right splits: Hucksters say double down; true believers want to try something new

The hucksters of the religious right are urging their followers, supporters and partisan patrons to double-down on all the same things they’ve been doing all along. They want the same stances, same agenda, same strategies, same tone — but a different result. That different result, they say, will come from doing all the very same things even harder. The true believers, on the other hand, seem to realize that more of the same approach won’t produce the results they had hoped for. [Read more…]

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More on that ‘controversial’ book that scares patriarchal Christians so much

Rachel Held Evans is a joy to read, quite apart from the role that has been thrust on her as one of the first prominent voices of post-subcultural evangelicalism. But that larger context — and the grace, wisdom and, yes, valor that she’s shown in that role — is pretty cool too. [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: Isaac & Abimelech. [Read more…]

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