No, no, no — we were fine with D’Souza’s racism, but the adultery is upsetting

A “sex scandal may spell the end for Dinesh D’Souza’s once rising star” in the evangelical subculture, Grace writes. “Note, not the fact that he’s been peddling racist and colonialist lies to white Christians for fun and profit for the past forever, but because of what’s assumed about his marriage and sex life.” [Read more…]

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Family Research Council warns against love, it ‘waters everything down’

Love, the Family Research Council says, is just squishy, namby-pamby liberal talk for abandoning absolute truth and biblical authority. The Episcopalians chose love over truth, so they’re shrinking. If you want your church to grow, according to the FRC, you have to be really, really anti-gay. [Read more…]

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Who’s afraid of Rachel Held Evans?

This is apparently a thing. Evangelical gatekeepers are terrified of Rachel Held Evans. Her next book, A Year of Biblical Womanhood, comes out later this month and already they’re panicking. [Read more…]

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‘A time to break down, and a time to build up’

When we encounter those clinging to cherished myths due to ignorance and misinformation, then gentle, gracious persuasion seems both kind and prudent. Those who do not know the truth can be gently introduced to it. But when we encounter those clinging to cherished myths due to a preference for such lies over the truth, well … bombs away. [Read more…]

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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.’

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…]

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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…]

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Good solid pro-family evangelical Southern Baptists

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…]

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When you tell them you still got to sell them

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…]

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