Love and justice are what give us ears to hear

"If I understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith ... but do not have love, I am nothing."

Let me revisit what I’m trying to say in the previous post — “Without justice, we’re not reading the same book.” Tony Jones points toward something similar in his recent discussion of Matthew Vines’ book God and the Gay Christian: Vines’s book is oddly lacking in autobiography. He briefly recounts the day that he came [Read More...]

Without justice, we’re not reading the same book

KnowingGod

We will never produce justice as a result of better biblical understanding unless we also produce better biblical understanding as a result of justice. [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...]

A whiskey priest is not the same as a Nazi

Greene

Did Luther’s anti-Semitism “affect” his theology, or did his theology foster his anti-Semitism? Yes, both. Did George Whitefield’s slave-owning shape his otherworldly revivalism or did his otherworldly revivalism rationalize his slave-owning? Yes, both. [Read more...]

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

appomattox

When we see this text on the home page of this blog, we will know that WordPress’ excerpt function is functional, at which point we will replace this with an actual excerpt. [Read more...]

Darn Darn Floor Bad Bite: Happy Birthday Koko

a24ch

Our cousin Koko is fascinating in part because of her way with words. When she was just a teenager, she begged for a kitten for her birthday, naming her first pet “All Ball,” which was a brilliantly apt name for a kitten. She didn’t know the sign for a ring, but she knew “bracelet” and she knew “finger,” so Koko began to call rings “finger bracelets.” And when shown a video of an earthquake, Koko described what she saw as best she could: “Darn darn floor bad bite. Trouble trouble.” [Read more...]

A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump (Unlearning the Lies, part 4)

Hirsch

Emanuel Hirsch’s complicity indelibly taints his writing and theology. How, precisely, does it do that? Well, that’s the difficult thing. It’s not compartmentalized, not a distinct, discrete ingredient that can be easily separated from the rest of Hirsch’s theology. It’s pervasive, a leaven that leaveneth the whole lump. We can’t simply read Hirsch’s theology, subtract the Nazi bits, and cheerfully keep the rest. [Read more...]

Unlearning the lies we learned from the theologians of slavery (part 2)

LOA

Jonathan Edwards’ understanding of “total depravity” illuminates our task when evaluating the heritage of American Christianity bequeathed to us from the theologians of slavery. The rot is pervasive — infecting every aspect of white Christianity in America. As Edwards argued, this depravity is not confined to a single location — a single misstep that can be identified and excised with surgical precision, leaving the remainder intact and unperturbed by that correction. Its roots are woven and interwoven throughout the whole. The depravity is total. [Read more...]


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