‘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 … [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.)

"I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy." -- Acts 2:17 The late William F. Buckley described the mission of his conservative magazine, National Review, this way: "A conservative is someone who stands athwart history, yelling Stop."*Buckley didn't much care when critics said he was "on the wrong side of history." The way he saw it, that was his job.Al Mohler sees that as his job, too. Like Buckley, Mohler prides himself on "standing a … [Read more...]

I don’t expect you to explain

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• "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 see at Christianity Today: "Christian Universities Battle Transgender Students."• Here's everything you need to know about the current trajectory of white ev … [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.• The Friends have been seeking a religious exemption from war taxes since the days of colonial Governor William … [Read more...]

Dear Thomas Kidd: Bite me.

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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" about the gatekeeper power games Kidd is playing. From the scare-quotes of his title on through, this is a nasty piece of work and anyone who wants to defend that … [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.

Let's assume, for the sake of argument, that Alan Noble is not being disingenuous in his recent Atlantic essay, "Is Evangelical Morality Still Acceptable in America?"That stipulation is a bit of a stretch, since Noble generally seems like a fairly bright man, and thus the self-serving obtuseness he affects here seems to be a pose. But let's pretend the pretense is genuine and treat his faux-naive argument as genuine naiveté. Let us answer his question as though he didn't already … [Read more...]

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

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For centuries, Christians have been arguing over the clobber texts used to deny women's equality in the church and in society. Those Bible passages -- a dozen or so verses selected from the origin stories of Genesis, the laws of Moses, and the epistles of Paul -- are hotly contested in an ongoing argument over their meaning and interpretation. Every year we see a new crop of books devoted to the exegesis of those verses, granular studies of first-century Greek terms and their cultural … [Read more...]

Seeking ‘religious liberty’ just like Elijah at Kishon

Executing prisoners is a vital expression of religious liberty, Kishon style.

Robert Knight is kind of a journeyman utility infielder of the religious right. I forget which team he's with these days -- might be the Family Research Council, might be Concerned Women of America or one of the others. It's one of those groups that insists that good Christians must have no fellowship with unrighteousness and no communion with darkness.Except for the Unification Church, because the Moonies' newspaper is a reliable source of right-wing partisan hackery and that's what's most … [Read more...]


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