Identifying identity: Who gets kicked out, and why?

One way to understand such boundaries of identity is to look at who gets kicked out, and why. Trying to figure out who is — or who still is — an “evangelical” is notoriously slippery and difficult. But it’s far easier to determine who is no longer accepted within the group, and why. [Read more…]

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Shaking the dust off their feet

In the age of Trump, John Fea writes, many “evangelicals are experiencing a crisis of faith as they look around in their white congregations on Sunday morning and realize that so many fellow Christians were willing to turn a blind eye to all that Trump represents.” And the Rev. Lawrence Ware confirms this, explaining “Why I’m Leaving the Southern Baptist Convention.” [Read more…]

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When gatekeepers attack (first-century edition)

Take a moment to ponder that and to consider the staggering level of hypocrisy and ingratitude it takes for Gentile Christians today to play the role of that circumcision faction. Are we so foolish? Did we experience so much for nothing? [Read more…]

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When Christian Gatekeepers Attack

Dave Gushee writes about last week’s Eugene Peterson debacle as someone with first-hand experience of what it’s like “When the evangelical establishment comes after you.” It’s not a pretty story. [Read more…]

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Eugene Peterson Gets Ciziked

Peterson heard the gatekeepers’ threats and, it seems, he got “The Message.” [Read more…]

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We’ll build a wall — and yeast infections will pay for it

Steve King wants to pay for the “border wall” by redirecting funding from Planned Parenthood. That can only mean that the wall will need to be reimbursed for providing affordable health services to anyone who needs them. And if the wall’s reimbursements depend on people being able to get there for its health services, then the border wall will need to be relocated. I like this plan. [Read more…]

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Personal testimonies of toxic Christianity

Rebecca Stott talked with National Public Radio this weekend about her new memoir, In the Days of Rain: A Father, A Daughter, A Cult. The word “cult” is often misapplied, but Stott’s use of it there seems precise and accurate. She was raised in Brighton, England, among the Exclusive Brethren — a horror-show separatist sect [Read More…]

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Satanic baby-killers … in spaaaaace!

It’s appropriate to see the humor in this. After all, the same people who claim to believe that NASA is smuggling abducted children to a secret Martian colony also claim that NASA faked the Moon landing. And they also believe “Pizzagate” — which posits that there are child-abduction-sex-slave-blood-harvesting rings in secret tunnels beneath their neighborhood pizza parlors. Why build a colony on Mars if you’ve already got all the pedophilia-and-human-sacrifice you need just down the block? [Read more…]

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