Cloud of Witnesses: Not all Christian bloggers are white


Here’s the third list that I’ve started compiling, and so far it’s embarrassingly short. That’s evidence, I take it, that my own blog-reading habits have been even more culturally circumscribed than I had realized. [Read more...]

‘Change is a mofo’: The GOP and white evangelicalism are in the same situation

When this picture was taken, these men had at least four things in common. And now they have five things in common.

The Republican Party and white evangelicalism face the same problems. Both have become dominated by white male perspectives and have come to serve primarily the interests of those who share that perspective. Both have attained and maintained power by marginalizing everyone else — everyone who is not a straight, white, Christian male. [Read more...]

I’ll be the church, you be the steeple


Some Monday morning links, featuring Christ the King, where God begins, Jerry Falwell’s Jesus, evangelical resentment narratives, Scottish witch-prickers, Cary Grant, Seamus Heaney and proselytizing Presbyterians. [Read more...]

Chick-fil-A Biblical Family of the Day


“We support biblical families,” Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy says of his fast-food corporation. So let’s take a look at some of those biblical families. Today’s entry: “She has hidden her son.” [Read more...]

The religious liberty right to believe that algebra is an abortifacient


The student’s beliefs are factually wrong — demonstrably so. Her beliefs are based on poor exegesis, scientific ignorance, a haughty disdain for others, and a preference for fearful lies over objective truth. Yet they remain her beliefs. And thus, Rutherford says, she has a legal right to be foolishly, fearfully wrong. [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things

Uwe Reinhardt says Europeans visiting the U.S. marvel at infrastructure that reminds them of the 1960s; Alex Knapp points out that if the Earth is only 9,000 years old, then none of our technology should work; Rachel Held Evans discusses her least-favorite adjective; and Richard Beck discusses the economy of submission. [Read more...]

Sunday salmagundi


A week’s worth of leftovers, including: The horrifying nexus of “capitalism, Texas and cable television;” Charisma magazine defends a literal interpretation of the Monster Manual; a would-be prophet shrugs off his latest failure; the heart of darkness in southern California. [Read more...]

Sunday favorites

Matthew 25:31-46: “Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” [Read more...]

With friends like Caesar, the church doesn’t need enemies


Two red-state stories about the dismal state of church and state, both of which feature pious government officials “helping” the church by treating it as servant and subsidiary the state. [Read more...]

Black Friday

No shopping. Just lots of leaves and the sorts of errands one has to run before going to one’s wife’s 25th high school reunion in the evening. Hope your Black Friday was more enjoyable. Have an open thread and some Mumford. (Left Behind will resume next Friday.)   [Read more...]