Postcards from the culture wars (8.18)

Murded

“Everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.” [Read more...]

‘It’s a hard world for little things’

Mitchum

“One Million Moms” — the media watchdog arm of the right-wing Christianist American Family Association, whose name is inaccurate by several orders of magnitude — is upset with the latest ad from Guinness because it features the great old hymn “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms”: Guinness & Co. is currently airing a commercial for its beer [Read More...]

‘Liberal theology’ is not the opposite of political conservatives’ theology

Spectrum.

Every once in a while, this needs to be said: “Liberal” politics and “liberal” theology are not the same thing. “Conservative” politics and “conservative” theology are not the same thing. Right-wing politics do not make one theologically “conservative” or orthodox. Left-wing politics do not make one theologically “liberal” or heterodox. The theological spectrum does not mirror the political spectrum for many, many reasons, the most important of which being that there is no such thing as the “theological spectrum.” [Read more...]

Al Mohler: Standing athwart Pentecost and yelling ‘Stop!’

Pentecost stained glass windows at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Rochester, Minn., by artist Judy Jennings. (Click photo for full portfolio of Jennings' gorgeous work.)

Al Mohler’s main problem is not that he’s on the wrong side of history. His main problem is that he’s on the wrong side of Pentecost. That is his entire career, his entire agenda and mission statement: Standing athwart Pentecost, yelling Stop. [Read more...]

I don’t expect you to explain

BigChange

• “In its majestic equality, the law forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, beg in the streets and steal loaves of bread.” (Anatole France, 1894) • Here’s a headline from Christianity Today: “Transgender Students Battle Christian Universities.” Here’s a more accurate headline for that story — and one you will never, ever [Read More...]

I see the skull beneath the skin

Oy. (Click for story.)

Pacifists still have to pay for bullets, but they’re allowed to discriminate against LGBT students. Profiles of two delusional nativists. Why some Christian colleges refuse to be trustworthy. Plus Johnny Cash proclaims woe unto the rich, Junia is a little less alone, dubious decor from Sears, and, oh, also too, the excerpt function on WordPress still isn’t working on my front page. [Read more...]

Dear Thomas Kidd: Bite me.

aaz63

Oh my. I can hear the pearls being clutched from here. That’s not very “civil” is it? OK, let’s try this: Dear Thomas Kidd, With all due respect in re: your pronouncements regarding “The ‘Evangelicals’ Who Are Not Evangelicals,” You Are Henceforth Cordially Invited to Bite Me. Let’s not play games. There is nothing “civil” [Read More...]

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

Pluralism does not mean bumper bowling.

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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