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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Honoring liars & silencing gays: The NRB epitomizes the toxic pathology of white evangelical tribalism

NRB is, in other words, a gatekeeper. It is, in some ways, the gatekeeper for the white evangelical tribe. It controls the spigot determining the flow of money, attention, awareness and, above all, permission. [Read more…]

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Updated marriage maps

With the big news yesterday out of Pennsylvania and Oregon, we take a look at Wikipedia’s newly updated marriage equality map. And then, as a little reminder of the invisibility of privilege, we also take a look at the most up-to-date version of the Heterosexual Marriage Map. [Read more…]

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‘God and the Gay Christian’ — live webchat today at noon

Matthew Vines is speaking truth to power and so, naturally, tribal gatekeepers are responding by speaking power to truth. You may remember Vines from a viral video posted to YouTube in 2012. That video has been viewed more than 700,000 times — which is astonishing when you realize that, unlike most viral videos, it’s more than an hour long and consists entirely of a lecture on biblical exegesis. Yes, that’s right, Matthew Vines made substance go viral. [Read more…]

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