American evangelical Christianity, ca. 2012

Social Darwinism? Perfectly mainstream, respectable, perceived as compatible with the Bible. Actual Darwinism? “Controversial,” only marginally acceptable, perceived as disrespectful of the Bible. And there you have it. [Read more…]

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Rick Warren: An ignorant claim, a dishonest claim, and a tribal claim

1. The ignorant claim. This isn’t specifically from Rick Warren’s appearance Sunday on ABC’s This Week, but from a tweet following that depressing interview: The Church has helped the poor far more than any govt, & for 2000 yrs longer! In 2011 our 1 church fed 70,000 unemployed. OK, first, let’s say yes, good, yay, [Read More…]

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Rick Warren: Feeding the hungry robs them of ‘dignity’

So the Rev. Rick Warren was on TV. It didn’t go well. Warren, who was interviewd by Jake Tapper on ABC’s This Week, spent much of his time attempting to reconcile right-wing hostility to the social safety net with his Christian faith — an effort that earned him the Tea Party Jesus treatment borrowed here. [Read More…]

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Smart people saying smart things

Anthea Butler: “Days of Reckoning for the Philadelphia Archdiocese“ In order to receive justice, the victims must face their accusers, and are vilified by the very institution that has allowed sexual abusers to remain in its ranks. Local Catholic dioceses Kansas City and St. Louis have upped the ante by going after the organization that [Read More…]

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On Gagnon’s ‘The Bible and Homosexual Practice’ and the Canaanite woman’s daughter

Those with a high view of the authority of the inerrant, infallible scriptures can’t be wishy-washy about the status of Canaanites. Those people are unclean, unwanted, excluded. The Bible is very clear on this point. Jesus knew that. He knew what the scriptures said about Canaanites. But that didn’t matter to him as much as [Read More…]

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Bless my heart and bless yours too

“Four months ago we couldn’t even get a gig in our own home town.” “People are commemorating Mike Wallace’s death at 93 by quoting his entertainingly rude questions. But unlike many askers of rude questions, Wallace often got pretty interesting answers.” “Using Satan as an explanation for everything you personally do not like is not [Read More…]

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The Bible Is Not a Rulebook for Other People

Tony Jones recently invited Scot Miller to blog about Robert A.K. Gagnon’s massive, circle-the-wagons text on The Bible and Homosexual Practice. The link above there is to Tony’s wrap-up, which links back to all six parts of Miller’s review, which is thorough and incisive. Miller gets to the heart of his disagreement with Gagnon — [Read More…]

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The imaginary war against imaginary Satanazis has real consequences

The reason I make fun of this stuff is because, as ridiculous as the lies and the posturing of these folks are, their fever-dreams and the false witness they bear have real-world consequences. And I don’t just mean the obvious political consequences — like for example 130,000 low-income women in Texas losing their access to [Read More…]

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