Complementarians see women and ‘gag’


Last week we discussed a vicious, hateful diatribe by Gospel Coalition blogger Thabiti Anyabwile, who argued that the best way to defend his idea of morality was by nurturing disgust for and toward gay men and lesbians. (See "50 Shades of the Gospel Coalition" and "The theology of assholes.") A couple of terrific posts this week -- neither directly related to Anyabwile's rant -- can help us to understand why Anyabwile and his fellow "Gospel Coalition" complementarians thought posting his … [Read more...]

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


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 or didn't use them -- then you've wandered into the realm of Bad Theology. Thabiti Anyabwile hasn't just wandered into the realm of … [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.

"Crazy Jane Talks With The Gospel Coalition" I met Thabiti Anyabwile And much said he and I. 'Those breasts are flat and fallen now, Those veins must soon be dry; Live in a heavenly mansion, Not in some foul sty.' 'Fair and foul are near of kin, And fair needs foul,' I cried. 'My friends are gone, but that's a truth Nor grave nor bed denied, Learned in bodily lowliness And in the heart's pride. 'A woman can be proud and stiff When on love intent; But Love has pitched his … [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (8.14)

Richard Rohr: "The Jesus Hermeneutic" To take the scriptures seriously is not to take them literally. Literalism is invariably the lowest and least level of meaning. Most Biblical authors understood this, which is why they felt totally free to take so many obvious liberties with what we would call "facts." In many ways, we have moved backwards in our ability to read spiritual and transformative texts, especially after the enlightenment of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries when religious … [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.

I want to follow up on a recent post about evangelical tribal boundaries -- "Bebbington, schmebbington." Part of what I'm getting at there is the way that white evangelicals scrupulously police their left-wing boundary, but the right-wing boundary is unmonitored. Because there is no right-wing boundary. Consider, for example, the ongoing "debate" over the full humanity equality of women in the church and in society. Some evangelicals are "complementarians" -- meaning they believe women must … [Read more...]

Postcards from the culture wars (7.20)


"He believes in order to be true to God he must be 'a bad guy' to me." "Both the longing for a Westminster Confession/Sola Scriptura/Inerrant Bible full of clear, theological guidelines and for an Infallible Magisterium and Tradition with a capital 'T' are ways of avoiding the hard work of thinking through the ambiguities and challenges of modern existence." "Let's just say that, based on the 100 or so signatories, an awful lot of the American religious community doesn't see it that … [Read more...]

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


At the Christian Century, Dennis Sanders echoes Skye Jethani's contention that evangelical hostility to LGBT people is an exaggeration -- a media creation resulting from disproportionate attention given to the loud voices of "politically rabid evangelicals" who "fit the narrative advanced by the news and entertainment media." It's certainly true that we're not all like that -- that all of us white evangelicals are not "politically rabid" right-wingers obsessed with anti-feminist and anti-gay … [Read more...]

7 things @ 11 o’clock (7.11)

1. Two videos -- both incredible, but in very different ways: One toke over the line. A flash of lightning. 2. Scot McKnight shares a story about how Justices Antonin Scalia and Elena Kagan have become "hunting buddies." I've often thought it would be constructive to organize hunting trips like this, sending NRA-beholden lawmakers out for a long weekend with, say, police officials who favor gun-safety laws. That might provide a chance for the cops to convince them that common-sense gun … [Read more...]