Smart people saying smart things (6.9)

Charles C. Mann and David Roberts on the future of our species. Dianna E. Anderson on a Mohlerette’s attempt to make Jesus a right-winger. Alana Massey on white Protestantism and American racism. And Redditt Hudson, “I’m a black ex-cop, and this is the real truth about race and policing.” [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (5.12)

Candida Moss on the pedagogy of Hell. Libby Anne on “Orgies, Bisexuality, James Dobson, and Evangelicals.” Ronald Osborn on misreading Genesis and mistreating animals. Matthew Frost on the Bible on its own terms. And the Associated Press finds that “Your seafood might come from slaves.” [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (4.8)

Fred Kaplan on the outline of the deal with Iran. Mary Hunt on the Vatican Council on Women. Helaine Olen on the amnesia of the poor scolds. Marika Rose on the meaning of “Christianity.” And Ed Kilgore reminds us that “We’ve Used ‘Religious Liberty’ for Discrimination Before.” [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (3.20)

Conor Williams dissects David Brooks. Robin DiAngelo on white fragility. Kevin Kruse on the corporate creation of “Christian America.” And Rockstar Dinosaur Pirate Princess on the simplicity of consent. Plus, Christian leaders from across America come together to acknowledge that Franklin Graham is awful. [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (3.9)

Ta-Nehisi Coates on “The Gangs of Ferguson.” Mychal Denzel Smith and Elias Isquith also read and respond to the DOJ report. Amelia Boynton Robinson remembers Bloody Sunday in Selma. Derrick Jensen on the unmasking of hatred. [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (2.23)

Wendell Berry on the gospel of war; Addie Zierman wishes youth ministers would stop urging kids to “stay strong for God;” Elizabeth Stoker Breunig on religious authenticity; and Rod Dreher remembers his days as a Real, True Christian awaiting the Rapture. [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (2.11)


Molly Worthen, James Baldwin, Jeet Heer, and Natasha Chart all, in different ways, reflect on the “great emotional and intellectual dishonesty” of the middle of the road. [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (1.28)


Panti Bliss on what it is that homophobes are afraid of. Rachel L. Martin on “The Brave and Tragic Trail of Reverend Turner.” Scott Hancock and Alexandra Milano on the real rebels who overthrew the traitors. Anne Mellinger-Birdsong says, “Trust women.” Mark Danner on “Our New Politics of Torture.” [Read more...]