If ‘evangelical morality’ harms others and can’t justify itself, is it ‘unfair’ to mention that it’s losing the argument?

Evangelical morality is not losing the argument because it is insufficiently “progressive.” Evangelical morality is losing the argument because it is insufficiently moral. Evangelical morality has demonstrated itself to be immoral — to be a source of harm to real people. Those people — rightly, justly, and understandably — are demanding that this harm stop. “Evangelical morality” insists that this harm continue, but has thus far been unable to offer any reason why it should. [Read more…]

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Whatever happened to the clobber texts for slavery? (Unlearning the lies, cont’d.)

When we see this text on the home page of this blog, we will know that WordPress’ excerpt function is functional, at which point we will replace this with an actual excerpt. [Read more…]

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Testifying to the truth: Real life vs. ‘pro-life’ lies

My plea to my fellow evangelical Christians is simple: Stop lying. Stop telling and spreading and pretending to believe lies just because they allow us to pretend we’re “pro-life” while others are, therefore, anti-life. Bearing false witness against our neighbors is something we were told not to do. It shouldn’t be the heart and soul and center of our identity as “Christians.” In contrast to that bearing of false witness, here are two women bearing witness and speaking truth. [Read more…]

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Smart people saying smart things (7.2)

Dietrich Bonhoeffer on the kind of humans loved by God; Joan Chittister and Randall Maurice Jenks on the kind of humans not loved by the church; Jonathan Rauch on “The Great Secession;” and Charles Darwin on one of the ways he disagreed with Jonathan Edwards. [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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They took down that post

Leadership Journal is decidedly and determinedly an institution at the heart of white evangelical institutionalism. That’s not an arena where the voices of women are usually able to make themselves heard. Especially not young women (and “young,” in Christianity Today terms, means anybody under 50). And not young women who don’t have a market or media platform or any formal, institutional support. And most especially not young women who ask too many questions, or who are too vocally critical of white evangelical purity culture, or who do not have the proper Official Stance opposing LGBT people and feminism. [Read more…]

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A preferential option for predators: Christianity Today hires the Rev. Humbert Humbert to serve as a spiritual adviser to its readers

The premier magazine for white evangelical clergy is facing powerful criticism for its decision to publish the self-justifying rationalizations of a sexual predator, and for presenting ministry to such former ministers as the No. 1 priority when dealing with sexual abuse by clergy. In doing so, Christianity Today seemed to share, and to reinforce, the abuser’s disregard for his victims. [Read more…]

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The Stupidest Thing I Have Ever Read

Some are born ignorant, some achieve ignorance, and some have ignorance thrust upon them. If achieving ignorance is your chief ambition, then study this hacktacular bit of unreason. Here is the key — the surest path to ensuring that nothing can ever be learned, that no mistake can ever be admitted and therefore no error can ever be corrected, no wrong ever righted, no harm ever ended, no injustice ever overturned. [Read more…]

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