“Progressive evangelicalism” is basically what you get when white evangelicals start treating Matthew 25 and Isaiah 58 as clobber texts too. The underlying formula — look up “what the Bible says” and apply that literally — is the same formula that shapes the rest of white evangelicalism. Read more

So, OK, let’s talk about “progressive evangelicals.” That’s not a perfectly accurate description, but it might be the best attempt to give a name to something real and identifiable. Thirty years ago the phrase would have been “liberal evangelicals.” This wasn’t what they called themselves, but a label assigned to them by others. It was meant to be dismissive — a way of further marginalizing the few voices within white evangelicalism who were emphasizing economic justice, or “concern for the… Read more

“Slaves who have escaped to you from their owners shall not be given back to them. They shall reside with you, in your midst, in any place they choose in any one of your towns, wherever they please; you shall not oppress them.” Read more

Throughout her life, my grandmother insisted that she, as a woman, must never “usurp authority” by teaching men in the church. But a lot of men in the church could learn a lot from my grandmother. Read more

Tim LaHaye could not understand warnings against a false peacemaker because he did not believe there was ever such a thing as a genuine peacemaker. Read more

As Norwegian metal bands desperately invent whole new sub-genres in their effort to be denounced as Satanic, the Satanic Panic instead shifts its sights toward … Mariah Carey? Read more

It would be fine if the commandment said something like “Thou shalt not deliberately bear false witness against thy neighbor,” or if it said “Thou shalt not create/invent/fabricate false witness against thy neighbor.” But that’s not what it says. Read more

I imagine it went something like this: (inhales deeply) “No, dude, no. What if Trump’s actually, like, a genius. What if he’s actually good and smart and secretly working with Robert Mueller to save the world?” Read more

“Views that range from the bizarre to the bigoted” are no longer obviously disqualifying. Not that they really were in 1994, either. Read more

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me.” Read more

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