Smart people saying smart things (6.20)

Flannery O’Connor assesses Ayn Rand. Christian Piatt and Carolyn Dupont on churches grappling with equality. Jim Wright asks what it was all for. Claire Gordon interviews the victims revictimized by Bob Jones University. [Read more…]

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My interview with N.T. Wright on marriage equality

Well, that was … disappointing. I apologize for presuming that Wright was going to have something thoughtful to say on this subject. If N.T. Wright ever does articulate a meaningful argument against same-sex marriage — one that doesn’t contradict the vast body of his impressive published theology — I will be sure to let you know here. [Read more…]

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Smart people saying smart things (6.17)

Dr. Jen Gunter responds to the odious George Will; Marika Rose on women in systematic theology; Richard Burridge on those evil, unbiblical abolitionists; Danny Cortez won’t lead a church that won’t accept his son; and more from Joyce Arthur. [Read more…]

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I am always praying through my vanities

A few things, including: Commencement commences; Molly Worthen on the incredible shrinking Southern Baptist Convention; Christianity Today and gender disparity; everybody’s got a black cousin; Limax maximus porn; new study confirms an old trick; an atheist Advent hymn. [Read more…]

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Smart people saying smart things (5.30)

Julian of Norwich says, “so verily God is our Mother.” Vixen Strangely on “Men Who Hate Women.” Plus the Episcopal bishops of Michigan, Ed Kilgore on religious liberty, and more from Joyce Arthur. [Read more…]

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We the people, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice …

“We are a better people than these laws represent, and it is time to discard them into the ash heap of history.” [Read more…]

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‘God and the Gay Christian’ is not a new thing

To hear the politicians, marketeers and fundraisers of the religious right talk, you’d think that Matthew Vines’ book God and the Gay Christian is full of of startling, unprecedented new ideas. It’s not. As Randy Potts reminds us at Box Turtle Bulletin: There have been books on gay apologetics for as long as there have [Read More…]

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Smart people saying smart things (5.25)

The Rev. Dr. Kapya Kaoma on colonial homophobia; Natalie Burris on white evangelical gatekeepers; Heath Bradley on celibacy and “the church that changes;” plus Kurt Vonnegut, TBogg and Joyce Arthur. [Read more…]

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