The pros and cons of becoming a Prosperity Gospel televangelist

Should I become a Prosperity Gospel televangelist? I’ve done what it’s often helpful to do when contemplating this sort of major life decision: I’ve begun putting together a pro and con list of the potential advantages and disadvantages it would entail. [Read more...]

Donald Trump, ‘Playboy,’ and when bigots were kids


The world is supposed to be just like it was before — back when we were kids. That means bedtime stories, playing in the back yard, prayer in schools, leaded gasoline and lousy lightbulbs, women and minorities who knew their place, gays in the closet, white men in the White House, and centerfolds in Playboy. [Read more...]

Do surgeons wear latex gloves in Catholic hospitals?


I’ve heard and seen this claim endlessly repeated by apparently well-meaning white evangelicals for decades. In their circles, this is something that Everyone Knows to be true — even though it’s completely false. And even though it’s transparently false — a bogus claim that can’t withstand even a momentary bit of scrutiny. [Read more...]

Wise as serpents and innocent as doves

"He broke in pieces the bronze serpent that Moses had made, for until those days the people of Israel had made offerings to it; it was called Nehushtan."

A nice university professor has studied “Why some religious Americans see same-sex marriage as a threat.” And I’m sure his findings accurately describe SOME religious Americans. But I think his study misses at least two of the major reasons that many white American Christians oppose same-sex marriage. For many, I think, such opposition is mostly an abstract proxy for a separate debate about the meaning of the Bible. And for others it’s just a scary story that makes for a lucrative fundraising pitch. [Read more...]

Each night I wait to get caught

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Speaker of the House John Boehner is stepping down and resigning from Congress next month to take what surely has to be a better job. Any job would be a better job than trying to lead a governing party that hates the idea of governing. Plus: Theology in Chicago, style guides for the apocalypse, and NASA’s live-stream above the clouds. [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (9.21)

GOP analyst Steve Schmidt analyzes the GOP. Amy Davidson on the right’s backwards Dred Scott analogies. Reggie L. Williams on the whiteness of American theology. Benjamin Park on Kim Davis’ Christian nationalism. And the New England Journal of Medicine on Planned Parenthood. [Read more...]

Baptism is always a political act


Believer’s Baptism requires the separation of church and state. More than that: Believer’s Baptism defiantly asserts the separation of church and state. It declares and demands and demonstrates the separation of church and state. [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (9.3)

Jon Corvino on why renegade Kentucky clerk is not a conscientious objector. Julie Ingersoll on David Barton and Reconstructionism/dominionism. Elias Isquith on Trump and white male anxiety. Derek Penwell on fundamentalism. And T. Christian Miller’s long, depressing investigation on why nobody’s using ViCAP. [Read more...]