'We too fall with it'

So I'm working on collecting some of the older posts here, bundling them into categories of sorts and cleaning them up a bit in the hopes of producing that book-like thing I mentioned earlier. And that entails writing short introductions for the various sections. The following is my first shot at the introduction for the section on young-earth creationism. - - - - - - - - - - - - The oldest book in our Bible contains a hymn of praise to the Creator that rambles on for chapter after chapter. … [Read more...]

Sunday favorites

James 2:14-26 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill’, and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead. But someone will say, ‘You have faith and I have works.’ Show me your faith without works, and I by my works will … [Read more...]

Rick Warren and The Purpose-Driven Lie

Via David Atkins at Hullabaloo: Yesterday famed "Christian" pastor Rick Warren, wealthy author and megachurch leader, tweeted the following: HALF of America pays NO taxes. Zero. So they're happy for tax rates to be raised on the other half that DOES pay any taxes. Stupid or evil? Both. That's such an old lie, told so often by old liars and debunked so frequently that Warren can't have believed it unless he had spent the previous three decades somewhere with no television, no radio, no … [Read more...]

Sunday favorites

Isaiah 58:6-12 Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover them, and not to hide yourself from your own kin? Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up quickly; your vindicator shall go before you, the glory of the Lord … [Read more...]

Friday fragments

As scandal rocks Rupert Murdoch's media empire, the Murdoch-owned Zondervan Publishing House was forced to issue a statement. Zondervan, the world's largest Bible publisher, has not been implicated in any way in the unfolding sordid tales of telephone hacking, payments to law enforcement, and a too-cozy relationship with elected officials, but the company still wanted to reassure the public that while sales of its New International Version of the Bible may enrich Murdoch, he doesn't interfere … [Read more...]

Don't look at the finger

Molly Worthen's Slate piece -- "Sign Here, and Here, and Here" -- on the weirdly slavery-friendly "Marriage Vow" being promoted by the Iowa religious right group "FAMiLY LEADER," includes a shrewd summary of why such declarations and manifestos have become so common, and thus so meaningless, in the evangelical subculture: These Declarations and Calls and Vows underscore the ongoing problem of authority that has defined evangelicals ever since they first thumbed their noses at the pope and—in … [Read more...]

From the archives: The Gay-Hatin' Gospel

(I'm collecting and recollecting some older posts in the hopes of possibly bundling some of them into something book-like. So since I spent a chunk of yesterday revisiting the posts below, I figured I'd re-post them here in slightly repolished form.) A 2007 poll conducted by the Barna Group revealed some remarkable developments in the public perception of American evangelical Christians: Today, the most common perception is that present-day Christianity is “anti-homosexual.” Overall, 91 … [Read more...]

Quench not the Spirit

Rachel Held Evans responds to the recent Southern Baptist Convention resolution affirming belief in "conscious, eternal suffering" for all non-Christians, i.e., Hell. She quotes from Rustin J. Umstattd, a theology professor at Midwestern Baptist seminary, who criticizes author Rob Bell for not realizing that we Christians, apparently, are not supposed to listen when our conscience starts screaming in protest: It is clear that Bell is not comfortable with the idea that billions of people may … [Read more...]