Wheaton College and creationism (part 2)

“We should not rush in headlong and so firmly take our stand on one side that, if further progress in the search of truth justly undermines this position, we too fall with it. That would be to battle not for the teaching of Holy Scripture but for our own, wishing its teaching to conform to ours, whereas we ought to wish ours to conform to that of Sacred Scripture.” [Read more…]

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Welcome J.R. Daniel Kirk to Patheos

Theologian J.R. Daniel Kirk’s terrific Storied Theology blog is now part of the line-up on Patheos’ progressive Christian channel. Writing that sentence makes me smile. [Read more…]

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The faithless promises of God’s covenants and evangelical tenure

This is not a minor problem. It’s a huge theological mistake with implications that pervade just about every aspect of Christian teaching. When you’re stating that Jews and Christians do not “worship the same God” — which is what Wheaton’s leaders are implying and what many of their #ThankYouWheaton supporters are explicitly stating — you’re doing Very Bad Theology that has a long track record of leading to Very Bad Things in history. [Read more…]

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Epiphany: Jesus wept

But also — and here’s a wonderful part of the story we too often forget — the epiphany that unfolds from this freaky incarnation works both ways. If the person and the life of Jesus Christ taught us humans everything we need to know about God, that life also taught God what it is like to be one of us. [Read more…]

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Do white evangelicals and Jews ‘worship the same God’?

However they got there, and whatever it is they think they mean, this is a Very Bad thing, Nothing good has ever come from Christians asserting that they and Jews worship different gods. This is an ideology that has fueled centuries of oppression, injustice and bloodshed — including the monstrous genocide of the 20th century. This notion also has far-reaching implications for Christians themselves, including the basic assertion that God is untrustworthy. [Read more…]

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That time when five women sued God and won

Everybody is familiar with the story of Noah in the Bible, but many people don’t seem to realize that the Bible actually gives us two Noahs — two different stories about two very different people named Noah. That’s odd, in part, because the story of the other Noah appears three times. And because it’s a way better story. [Read more…]

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‘Bring in the candles’

According to a ridiculously incoherent Internet rumor, an alignment of the planets will cast the entire earth into darkness for 15 days, starting tomorrow. That’s not going to happen, but it reminds us of a time when something like it really did happen — New England’s Dark Day, on May 19, 1780. The sun failed, the sky grew dark at noon, and no one had any idea why. [Read more…]

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The various endings of the Gospel of Mark (part 1)

Mark’s Gospel seems like a rough first draft, like the work of someone racing to get everything down on paper as quickly as possible. That’s reflected in the book’s abrupt ending, where it just sort of stops, mid-story. That ending was so frustrating for some later Christians that they felt compelled to give the book a proper conclusion, and now it has more endings that Peter Jackson’s “Return of the King.” [Read more…]

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