A change of tone requires a change of substance: Southern Baptists learning that others can hear them talk

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One phrase that came up again and again when the Southern Baptist Convention named its new spokesman was “media savvy.” Richard Land, who served for decades as chief of the SBC’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, was a media dinosaur. Russell Moore, who replaced him as the denomination’s primary public face, seemed to have a [Read More...]

The broken promise of biblical ‘inerrancy’

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This same pattern is repeated wherever any group of “inerrantists” gets together and claims that their inerrant, infallible Bible will be their supreme and final authority. It doesn’t work. The arbiter fails to arbitrate and the definitive authority fails to settle all their questions. So they add to it. … [Read more...]

Al Mohler: Standing athwart Pentecost and yelling ‘Stop!’

Pentecost stained glass windows at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Rochester, Minn., by artist Judy Jennings. (Click photo for full portfolio of Jennings' gorgeous work.)

Al Mohler’s main problem is not that he’s on the wrong side of history. His main problem is that he’s on the wrong side of Pentecost. That is his entire career, his entire agenda and mission statement: Standing athwart Pentecost, yelling Stop. [Read more...]

Is Owen Strachan’s Bro-formed theology heretical?

The founding manifesto for the "biblical manhood" group is called "The Danvers Statement." That's never not funny.

Owen Strachan is wrong to believe that God is intrinsically, actually and exclusively male. The Bible doesn’t teach that and orthodox Christian theology doesn’t teach that. But this doesn’t mean that Owen Strachan is a heretic, just a sexist jerk. And that’s much, much worse than heresy. [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things

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Rachel Held Evans on the strange exemption of Jesus’ teaching from “literal” interpretation. Dahlia Lithwick and William Lindsey on the Supreme Court’s decision that religious majorities should enjoy the majority of religious rights. Jane Mayer on “Ronald Reagan’s Benghazi.” And Kathryn Joyce on the pattern of sexual abuse in authoritarian, unaccountable Protestantism. [Read more...]

My boat’s a magic couch on remote control

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Roger Olson, Jonathan Merritt, Benjamin Corey, Michael Kimpan and Zack Hunt all weigh in on the Jesus vs. Al Mohler question. (They all take Jesus’ side.) Mona Sinclair runs for the North Carolina senate on an anti-gay platform. And another “Leading Authority on What Shouldn’t Be in Poor People’s Grocery Carts.” [Read more...]

You think I built this for me?

Baltimore

A few things: Flooding and train derailments are not acts of divine intervention sent to punish the sinful. Thanks a lot, Senate Republicans, for blocking a vote on giving me a raise. “Most Americans still believe that race invented racism, when in fact the reverse is true.” They are coming for your birth control. [Read more...]

Young-Earth creationism and the problem of telescopes (part 2)

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Young-Earth creationism involves more phlebotinum than any science fiction or fantasy epic ever written. And it functions exactly the same. It is a magical talisman made of Handwavium, a bit of techno-babble and mumbo jumbo tossed forth to induce the audience to continue suspending disbelief so that they can continue to enjoy an impossible story. [Read more...]


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