Things that are not in the Bible: ‘In the creation account, God creates Adam and Eve, the world and everything in it in six days.’

This is not a scene from Genesis 1.

Adam and Eve are not part of the story of God creating “the world and everything in it in six days.” The book of Genesis never says that “Adam and Eve” were created on the sixth day. The first chapter of Genesis tells a six-day creation story and Adam and Eve do not appear in it. OK, then. [Read more...]

The clobber verses of slavery & the slavery of clobber verses


This argument — proof-texting vs. a more comprehensive reading of the Bible — has been going on here in America for centuries. And this argument began in earnest around this very subject: slavery. Long before the Civil War — and even before the Revolution — Americans fought over slavery by fighting over how to read the Bible. [Read more...]

Good solid pro-family evangelical Southern Baptists

Charlie Fuqua is an anti-abortion Southern Baptist and, therefore, a good evangelical.

Charlie Fuqua says he’s just reading the Bible like any good Christian should. And the Bible, he says, teaches that “God’s Law” should be American law. So Fuqua supports a biblical, pro-family agenda of outlawing abortion, reinstating school prayer, deporting all Muslim citizens, abolishing the minimum wage, and executing rebellious children and any prisoner not rehabilitated after two years. [Read more...]

When you tell them you still got to sell them

"Too often, its leaders traffic in flatly untrue statements."

Christianity Today’s headline style is to capitalize all words. The headline style of the Baptist Press, on the other hand calls for them to capitalize only the first word, followed by lying nonsense pretending that contraception and abortion are the same thing. Yes, this contradicts scientific and medical fact and bears false witness against the HHS while gorging on the delusional, smug self-righteousness that comes from pretending everyone else is a Satanic baby-killer. But hey, that’s what the Baptist Press stylebook requires in a headline. [Read more...]

Ninevites are not ‘God’s children’

"Jesus loves [some of] the little children, [some of] the children of the world ..."

“And should I not be concerned about Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than 120,000 people who do not know their right hand from their left, and also many animals?” [Read more...]

‘Identity that sends us toward the other with love’

Brian McLaren: “Our biggest problem, though, isn’t our differences. Our biggest problem is that we build identity — whatever our religion — we build identity by enforcing hostility toward the other. In other words, I learn who I am by learning who I’m against. I learn who I am by learning who’s against me.” [Read more...]

‘What is an evangelical?’ part 3,947 …

If you want to reclaim the word "evangelical," you'll have to take it back from the people who own it right now. And that means people like Pat Robertson, Tony Perkins, David Barton, Bryan Fischer and Cindy Jacobs.

The word “evangelical” no longer belongs to the old mainstream of Christianity Today and Billy Graham and Wheaton College. Today that word belongs to people like Pat Robertson, Tony Perkins, James Dobson, Bryan Fischer, David Barton and Cindy Jacobs. If the old mainstream evangelicals want to reclaim that word, they’re going to have to take it back by taking it away from Robertson & Co. [Read more...]

Culture warrior baffled by symbol with two short parallel lines


Being a culture-warrior means pretending you’ve never heard of equality: “When I moved to Washington I noticed these small blue stickers with two yellow lines permeating the city. They were on cars, t-shirts, and lamp posts. It wasn’t long before I Googled ‘blue sticker yellow lines’ and discovered it is the logo of the Human Rights Campaign.” [Read more...]