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

KingRustin

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

Campolos

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...]

Mr. Chesterton, Tear down that fence! (more on ‘accommodating the prevailing culture’)

BerlinWall

“Don’t ever take a fence down until you know the reason it was put up,” G.K. Chesterton said. That’s good advice. But Chesterton’s maxim works backwards as well as forwards. If we come to know that there’s no good reason for the fence — or only bad reasons for it — then we’re obliged to take it down. [Read more...]

If you’re fighting to preserve the status quo, you cannot accuse those who seek to change it of ‘accommodating to the prevailing culture’

AKCP

Defending the status quo of the prevailing culture by accusing those trying to change it of “cultural accommodation” is self-refuting nonsense. It makes no sense — particularly when coupled with the narrative/assertion that says those seeking change are dangerous revolutionaries. Those two things cannot both be true. These people cannot both be radical revolutionaries threatening to overthrow the prevailing culture and also squishy conformists so desperate to be affirmed by that prevailing culture that they will redefine themselves to accommodate it. [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (9.25)

Woods

Lt. Col. William J. Astore (USAF, ret.) on the American cult of bombing; James Woods (not that one) responds to an anti-abortion survey; Amy-Jill Levine on the parable of the son who refused to be taken in; Josh Marshall reminds us that the Reformation was a bloody mess; and Rachel Held Evans on the big sins crippling the white evangelical church. [Read more...]

Again, ‘liberal theology’ is not theology as done by people with ‘liberal’ politics

StupidJuice2

I did not become an LGBT-affirming Christian because of some scholarly research on the best way to translate “arsenokoitai” or because I learned to interpret Romans 1:26-27 in the larger context of the surrounding sentences in Romans 1:18-2:16. Nor did I come to see the full equality of women in society and in the church as a Good Thing due to the excellent exegetical work of folks like Scot McKnight in interpreting 1 Timothy 2:12. All of that is fascinating, but ultimately beside the point. [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (9.8)

Dahlia Lithwick on the exoneration of Antonin Scalia’s poster-child for the death penalty. Nancy Wilson on the book of Acts. Adam Kotsko on “political correctness” (i.e., what jerks call not being a jerk). Greg Boyd on religious pride. And Scott Woods on the American air we breathe. [Read more...]


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