Should I not be concerned?

Or we could look at it this way. What we're really talking about here in our dispute with Team Hell isn't just "What about Gandhi?" — it's also "What about Ninevah?" Scores of evangelical pastors and authors have condemned Rob Bell for asking "Will billions and billions of people burn forever in Hell?" and for [Read More...]

The epistemology of Team Hell

What I particularly like about that Rob Bell video that caused all the ruckus this weekend is the way Bell grounds his discussion in the character of God. "What is God like?" Bell asks. Not, mind you, "What does God like?" or, worse, "Who does God like?" but "What is God like?" What do we [Read More...]

Team Hell gets loud

The evangelical blog world seems all atwitter over a forthcoming book by Rob Bell, pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church in Grand Rapids, Mich. The book's title, "Love Wins," is apparently regarded by many American evangelicals as an astonishingly heretical and controversial claim. Love wins? How dare anyone suggest such a thing? Even more controversial [Read More...]

A Vindication of Democracy

Another quick note in response to the Rev. John MacArthur's strange belief that Reformed theology compels one to be an apologist for autocrats. After all, who said democracy’s the best form of government? No matter what the form of government is, the Bible doesn’t advocate anything but a theocracy. The Bible proclaims God to be [Read More...]

Expelling the Quakers from Plymouth

Here's the exact quote from Southern Baptist Hierarchy spokesman Richard Land on Thursday on NPR's All Things Considered, discussing the Obama administration's announcement that it will no longer fight to defend the Defense of Marriage Act. Every time the people have had an opportunity to vote on it, they have voted to defend marriage as [Read More...]

The Beastly Counter-revolutionary Counter-Revelation

Revelation 13 In amazement the whole earth followed the beast. They worshipped the dragon, for he had given his authority to the beast, and they worshipped the beast, saying, ‘Who is like the beast, and who can fight against it?’ The beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed [Read More...]

Evangelicals and the politics of spite

The headline is depressingly unsurprising: "Polling Evangelicals: Cut Aid to World's Poor, Unemployed." The combination of stupidity, selfishness and resentment for resentment's sake here is an unholy abomination that makes me want to scream and throw things. And I would, if I thought screaming and throwing things would help get through to these folks, but [Read More...]

The Apostate and Me

I've finally finished reading "The Apostate: Paul Haggis vs. the Church of Scientology," Lawrence Wright's extensive, exhaustive profile in The New Yorker. It's a fascinating, provocative and revealing look at both the Academy Award-winning screenwriter and the religious empire created by the late L. Ron Hubbard. One comes away with a less-than-flattering sense of Haggis, [Read More...]


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