This is a big deal: David Gushee’s ‘Changing Our Mind’

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“It is difficult to overstate the potential impact of Gushee’s defection. His Christian ethics textbook, Kingdom Ethics, co-authored with the late Glen Stassen, is widely respected and was named a 2004 Christianity Today book of the year. He serves as theologian-in-residence for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, a coalition of 15 theological schools, 150 ministries, and 1,800 Baptist churches nationwide. … Gushee is not someone who can be easily dismissed.” [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (10.22)

Greta Christina on “A Woman’s Room Online;” Isabel Wilkerson on “the haunting symmetry of a death every three or four days;” The Church for All Sinners and Saints on, well, the church for all sinners and saints; Yvette Cantu Schneider on the death of the “ex-gay” movement; and Alastair Roberts on (white) “evangelical folk religion.” [Read more...]

You can fight City Hall (but if you take them to court, they get lawyers, too)

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Fighting City Hall doesn’t automatically make you the Good Guy. But it doesn’t automatically make you the Bad Guy, either. Which kind of story is this one? Which kind of lawsuit is this one? Is City Hall the Good Guy or the Bad Guy in this case? Well, here’s what happened. [Read more...]

‘Are we capable of welcoming these people?’

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Tone is always irrelevant when you’re telling someone that you are not capable of welcoming people like them. It’s never possible to exclude people nicely. It’s the act that wounds, not the words that dress it up. Jesus is telling this woman that he is not capable of welcoming her. He is telling her that he will not heal her sick daughter. No words can make that worse and no words can make it better. [Read more...]

What’s going on with the Vatican?

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“Are we capable of welcoming these people?” the Synod on the Family asks. It’s a question Christians have been asking since at least the book of Acts. It’s also a yes-or-no question, and for the Vatican, both those answers still seem in play. [Read more...]

The case of the missing letter and the poisoning of the well

Warning: The denizens of urban coastal areas are trying to force Christianity to the margins of society.

Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry is not pleased with my forthright translation of his column at The Week. That’s understandable. After all, if he had wanted to be forthright, to own his words and his implications, and to make his nasty accusations directly and honestly, he would have done so himself. [Read more...]

Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry displays some sleazy ethics in his lecture on Christian ethics

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Writing for The Week, Gobry’s “Why so many Christians won’t back down on gay marriage” is a steaming pile of passive-aggressive insinuation. His preferred method of argument appears to be to avoid lying by direct assertion, opting instead to lie by passing reference to assumed “facts” that are actually unsupportable fabrications containing nasty accusations. To save time, I’ll only highlight three such lies from the article. [Read more...]

USC hires a good guy as a humanist chaplain, and you’ll never believe the surprising way that RNS chose to report it

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I hope that’s sarcasm, because if it’s not, then Jonathan Merritt is pointing to the facile Bildadism of a Sunday school teacher’s white-knuckled just-world fallacy — God “allowed” the torture of a 9-year-old — and rechristening it as an orthodox representation of the “the sovereignty of God” while further suggesting that any disagreement with that view is a rejection of a “cornerstone Christian belief” that puts one “substantially outside the evangelical fold.” Whether or not it’s meant ironically, that’s one of the harshest criticism’s I’ve ever read of white evangelicalism. [Read more...]


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