It’s Heresy Sunday — don’t fall for the trap

TrinityTrap

The doctrine of the Trinity is a mystery. Or, more specifically, it’s an attempt at articulating mystery. You’re expected to affirm it, but anything you try to say beyond that can and will be used against you to convict you of heresy. It’s a trap, an efficient machine for the manufacture of “heresies” — with “heresy” there being defined as a failure to define the infinite in the way that orthodoxy supposes it has somehow managed to do. [Read more...]

Walmart.indricotherium

WalmartIndricotherium

Some 50 million years ago, the ancestors of the rhinoceros ruled the world. But they’ve tapired off since then. Also: Greenland looks good on the map; the incomprehensible claim of Christianity; and how the market for donations from credulous and fearful white Christians is like the market for fizzy sugar water. [Read more...]

The ‘CharlieCharlieChallenge’ doesn’t lead to demonic possession — but it can nurture credulity and willful ignorance, which is worse

SellSoul

The “CharlieCharlieChallenge,” like Ouija boards, is pretty dumb. But neither of those is as bad as the overwrought condemnation of such things by Christians who fear them because they believe they’re actually supernatural. See, Robert Johnson folklore is not actually orthodox Christian theology. And even if you play “CharlieCharlie” at midnight at a Delta crossroads and sign a contract in blood, you can’t actually sell your soul to the devil. That’s not an actual thing. [Read more...]

Episcopalian and evangelical are not exclusive categories

TrinityLogo

This transparent heads-I-win, tails-you-lose cooking of the books happens all the time with all of the so-called “mainline” denominations. When it is convenient for evangelicals to do so, they dismiss the whole thing as a hive of post-Christian liberalism. And then, when it is convenient for evangelicals to do so, they argue that the denomination is actually mostly made up of good evangelicals. [Read more...]

‘I was homeless, and you chased me away …’

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“There is a way to keep safe, clean grounds while helping our homeless neighbors — and it’s both easier and harder than installing sprinkler systems or putting up fences. It requires the investment of time and resources to build relationships, listen and help.” [Read more...]

24 warning signs that your evangelical friend might be about to ‘depart’ for the Episcopal Church

Agents of Shield

Evangelical gatekeepers have been wringing their hands over the departure of yet another once-saved Christian, now lost to the clutches of the Episcopal Church. Are your evangelical friends safe from the menace of creeping Episcopalianism? Here are 24 warning signs to watch out for. [Read more...]

I wish that everybody had a friend like my second-best friend

"Hell is other people." -- Jean Paul Sartre

A Florida “church” takes that whole “become all things to all people” a bit too far. We’re spending billions for an inferior version of tap water — how is that not really dumb? Plus: evangelical primitivism, the edges of worship, and more on the zombie lie of the narrative of decline. [Read more...]

Appalling results from a small study of college men highlight a public safety emergency

UND

First, let’s be clear — this is a single study from a single location with a tiny sample size. I mention this not as a criticism of the study, but because it’s something I’ve been repeating over and over to try to reassure myself that maybe the world isn’t as horrible as this study seems [Read More...]


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