Obama also did not create a religious exemption permitting discrimination on the basis of race or sex

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The Rev. Canon Susan Russell, who blogs at An Inch at a Time, wound up changing her plans for the weekend when she was invited to attend Monday's White House signing ceremony for President Obama's executive order prohibiting LGBT employment discrimination for government contractors. Russell was one of many religious leaders present at the ceremony.Obama's executive order simply amends the existing policy prohibiting contractors from employment discrimination on the basis of race, creed, sex, … [Read more...]

Love and justice are what give us ears to hear

"If I understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith ... but do not have love, I am nothing."

Let me revisit what I'm trying to say in the previous post -- "Without justice, we're not reading the same book." Tony Jones points toward something similar in his recent discussion of Matthew Vines' book God and the Gay Christian: Vines’s book is oddly lacking in autobiography. He briefly recounts the day that he came out to his parents — “my dad’s worst day” — but then gets right to his argument that long-term, monogamous, same-sex relationships are not contrary to the Bible because they’re ne … [Read more...]

Without justice, we’re not reading the same book

KnowingGod

Chris Tilling points us to Adam Neder's 2009 book, Participation in Christ.I appreciate Neder's subtitle: "An Entry into Karl Barth's Church Dogmatics." Many readers have found Barth's huge, dense, multi-volume work to be impenetrable, so if Neder has really found some way in, then we should be grateful to him.Much of what Tilling shares from Neder is still pretty heavy stuff -- immensely Barthy and not easy going. But let me share just one tiny bit from the very first page of Neder's … [Read more...]

I don’t expect you to explain

BigChange

• "In its majestic equality, the law forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, beg in the streets and steal loaves of bread." (Anatole France, 1894)• Here's a headline from Christianity Today: "Transgender Students Battle Christian Universities." Here's a more accurate headline for that story -- and one you will never, ever see at Christianity Today: "Christian Universities Battle Transgender Students."• Here's everything you need to know about the current trajectory of white ev … [Read more...]

If ‘evangelical morality’ harms others and can’t justify itself, is it ‘unfair’ to mention that it’s losing the argument?

Pluralism does not mean bumper bowling.

Let's assume, for the sake of argument, that Alan Noble is not being disingenuous in his recent Atlantic essay, "Is Evangelical Morality Still Acceptable in America?"That stipulation is a bit of a stretch, since Noble generally seems like a fairly bright man, and thus the self-serving obtuseness he affects here seems to be a pose. But let's pretend the pretense is genuine and treat his faux-naive argument as genuine naiveté. Let us answer his question as though he didn't already … [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (7.12)

Farley

The Rev. Gay Clark Jennings on the Christians who would have turned Jesus and Mary away at the Egyptian border. Rachel Marie Stone on the death toll of anti-birth control sanctimony. William Lindsey on the cultural captivity of the anti-gay church. And Andrew Bacevich and E.B. White on the perils and the promise of American democracy.(And I'm still hoping the WordPress excerpt feature gets fixed.)The Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, "Christians worship a child who fled violence in his home … [Read more...]

Whatever happened to the clobber texts for slavery? (Unlearning the lies, cont’d.)

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For centuries, Christians have been arguing over the clobber texts used to deny women's equality in the church and in society. Those Bible passages -- a dozen or so verses selected from the origin stories of Genesis, the laws of Moses, and the epistles of Paul -- are hotly contested in an ongoing argument over their meaning and interpretation. Every year we see a new crop of books devoted to the exegesis of those verses, granular studies of first-century Greek terms and their cultural … [Read more...]

Gatekeepers are losing their grip

Some gatekeepers keep outsiders out. Others keep insiders in.

"Evangelicals Are Changing Their Minds on Gay Marriage," Jim Hinch reports for Politico: Increasingly, even evangelical Christians, long known for doctrinally condemning homosexuality, are embracing gay people, too.Over the past decade, evangelical support for gay marriage has more than doubled, according to polling by the nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute. About a quarter of evangelicals now support same-sex unions, the institute has found, with an equal number occupying what r … [Read more...]


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