Complementarians see women and ‘gag’

George

For these folks, men’s authority over women and women’s submission to that authority is a central, essential keystone to their whole understanding of Christianity. Take it away and everything falls apart. [Read more...]

The theology of assholes: More on ‘the insolent and sicklily squeamish mind’ of The Gospel Coalition

EverybodyHasOne

Everybody has one. I have one. So do you. So’s your mother. Jesus had one. Adam and Eve both had them, even before the Fall. God made them. And “God saw everything that God had made, and indeed, it was very good.” So if you’re skeeved out by the existence of assholes — if you wish you didn’t have one, or if you wish that other people didn’t have them — then you’ve wandered into the realm of Bad Theology. [Read more...]

50 Shades of The ‘Gospel Coalition’

The Rev. Anyabwile makes his "O Face." You don't want to know what was cropped out of this photo.

The “Gospel Coalition’s” Thabiti Anyabwile imagines — in great detail — what other couples may do together in private, and then suggests that their private acts are somehow more shameful than his public fascination with other people’s private acts. The man is a peeping tom — and also, apparently, the World’s Most Awkward Sexter.
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Smart people saying smart things (8.14)

Richard Rohr explains his hermeneutic, which is about Jesus, not literalism; Kiese Laymon on “The Worst of White Folks;” Helaine Olen on the victim-blaming “tyranny of personal finance;” Erik Loomis on outsourcing slave-wages and poison; and Cheryl Overs on how dehumanizing sex workers dehumanizes us all. [Read more...]

Evangelical gatekeepers and conservative holiness

Gatekeepers police the fortified boundaries of evangelicalism, but only on the "liberal" border. There is no conservative border.

Evangelicals scrupulously police their left-wing boundary, but the right-wing boundary is unmonitored. Because there is no right-wing boundary. “Egalitarians” are permitted to remain in the tribe, but not if they get TOO egalitarian. But complementarians need not worry about getting too complementarian because “too complementarian” is not a category the tribe recognizes. [Read more...]

Postcards from the culture wars (7.20)

Colbert

Those who believe God wants them to be “a bad guy.” What the Ultra-Neo-Reformed and the paleo-Catholic have in common (spoiler: it has to do with penises). Helping the poor a distraction from hating the gay. Reading the Lord’s Prayer in public — but not the verses that precede it. “Of course it’s a war on birth control, abortion, everything.” [Read more...]

Bebbington, schmebbington: Evangelicals’ politicized animosity to gays and women is not a media invention

HidelyHo

Theological definitions don’t matter. You will never be branded as “controversial” or banished from the evangelical tribe for insufficient biblicism. Or because your enthusiasm for crucicentrism, conversionism or missional activism is regarded as suspect. But if you’re feminist or pro-gay, you’re out. Do not pass Go, do not collect $200. [Read more...]

7 things @ 11 o’clock (7.11)

High times with Lawrence Welk. Justices packing heat. Dianna Anderson channels Nina Turner. Old Man Potter : Locusts :: George Bailey : Bees. A hedge fund manager tries and fails to convince his smarter son that homelessness is caused by homeless shelters. The self-satisfied obliviousness of an anti-gay “intellectual.” If you’re going to take bribes, just get cash, not an inscribed Rolex, a de la Renta gown and a Ferrari. [Read more...]


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