Identifying identity: Who gets kicked out, and why?

One way to understand such boundaries of identity is to look at who gets kicked out, and why. Trying to figure out who is — or who still is — an “evangelical” is notoriously slippery and difficult. But it’s far easier to determine who is no longer accepted within the group, and why. [Read more…]

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When gatekeepers attack (first-century edition)

Take a moment to ponder that and to consider the staggering level of hypocrisy and ingratitude it takes for Gentile Christians today to play the role of that circumcision faction. Are we so foolish? Did we experience so much for nothing? [Read more…]

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When Christian Gatekeepers Attack

Dave Gushee writes about last week’s Eugene Peterson debacle as someone with first-hand experience of what it’s like “When the evangelical establishment comes after you.” It’s not a pretty story. [Read more…]

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Eugene Peterson Gets Ciziked

Peterson heard the gatekeepers’ threats and, it seems, he got “The Message.” [Read more…]

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Jesus never read ‘The Bible’

“How can we know the way?” Thomas asks.

“Read the Bible,” says the evangelical preacher down the block from me.

“Read the Bible as absolutely true and authoritative, in every word,” says Tim Keller.

But that’s not what Jesus said. Not at all. [Read more…]

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The unjust piety of ‘safe evangelical environments,’ from Oney Judge to Larycia Hawkins

“She says that the stories told of Washington’s piety and prayers, so far as she ever saw or heard while she was his slave, have no foundation. Card-playing and wine-drinking were the business at his parties, and he had more of such company Sundays than on any other day. I do not mention this as showing, in my estimation, his anti-Christian character, so much as the bare fact of being a slaveholder, and not a hundredth part so much as trying to kidnap this woman; but, in the minds of the community, it will weigh infinitely more.” [Read more…]

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Christian colleges and ‘Christian’ nationalism (part 2)

The conversation between historians Adam Laats and John Fea on the relationship between evangelical colleges and Christian nationalism is interesting on its own, but it’s also a terrific model of how to have such a conversation here in the realm of “social media” where the mutual respect and candor they’re showing isn’t always the rule.* [Read More…]

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Christian colleges and ‘Christian’ nationalism

In a biology classroom at most evangelical colleges, professors teach the truth of evolutionary science without qualification or defensiveness. But this science becomes a kind of shared secret. Here in this classroom, we all agree that the Earth is 4.5 billion years old. But don’t go home and talk about this with your parents or the church you grew up in. That might get us all in trouble. [Read more…]

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