This is a big deal: David Gushee’s ‘Changing Our Mind’

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“It is difficult to overstate the potential impact of Gushee’s defection. His Christian ethics textbook, Kingdom Ethics, co-authored with the late Glen Stassen, is widely respected and was named a 2004 Christianity Today book of the year. He serves as theologian-in-residence for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, a coalition of 15 theological schools, 150 ministries, and 1,800 Baptist churches nationwide. … Gushee is not someone who can be easily dismissed.” [Read more...]

Gatekeepers and clumsy magicians

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Watching Ricky Jay perform will teach you what magic tricks are supposed to look like, but no matter how closely you watch him, you won’t ever learn how the trick is done. To learn that, you need to watch someone who isn’t a master at the craft. The clumsier and more inept the magician, the more you’ll be able to see how the trick works. That’s why it can be instructive, sometimes, to check in with our old friends at the Institute on Religion and Democracy. [Read more...]

The white evangelical tribe is, itself, post-evangelical (cont’d.)

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The fundamentalist retreat, according to this narrative of history, meant a withdrawal from society, from politics and from public life. That retreat lasted for several decades until the post-war rise of the “Neo-evangelicals” — a term meant to hark back to the glory days from before the great split in which evangelicals had devolved into either fundamentalists or modernists. [Read more...]

The white evangelical tribe is, itself, post-evangelical

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Bebbington Schmebbington. American white evangelicals no longer identify themselves according to the kinds of religious temperaments described in David Bebbington’s “quadrilateral” of biblicism, crucicentrism, conversionism and activism. That’s not how the tribe defines or enforces its own boundaries. Those boundaries have become political and defiantly partisan — anti-abortion, anti-gay, Christian nationalism, and a belief in “small government” in the Atwaterian sense of the term. [Read more...]

Who do you say that I am?: Putting the ‘post-’ in ‘post-evangelical’ (part 1)

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American evangelicals changed the way they answer the question “Who do we say that we are?” And that means, inevitably, that they have also — consciously or not — changed the way they answer the question “Who do you say that I am?” For Christians, that’s a rather important question. Changing our answer to that bedrock question shouldn’t be something that happens without serious, conscious consideration. And yet that’s what happened. [Read more...]

The name doesn’t make the band, the band makes the name

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The new currency for the label “Progressive Christian” is something of an accident. It’s the label settled on for a bunch of Christians whom other Christians weren’t sure they wanted to share a label with. [Read more...]

Are you ready (to buy a T-shirt)?

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See, here’s the plan: you put on your spiffy new Left Behind T-shirt and matching baseball cap with the lofted embroidery and everyone will see that question, “Are You Ready?” and be intrigued. They’ll come up to you — friends, relatives, neighbors, strangers on the bus, all the popular kids at your school — and they’ll ask you, “Ready for what?” And then you can share the gospel with them. [Read more...]

‘Christian Mingle: The Movie’ and the Magic Jesus Dream Boy

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Romantic comedies are supposed to be about two people coming together — they both have to move toward each other. The set-up for “Christian Mingle: The Movie” suggests that one side of this couple doesn’t move — that he cannot and should not change because he’s already got all the answers. She pursues him because she’s lonely (and because, the trailer seems to suggest, no woman is complete without getting married). Why does he pursue her? [Read more...]


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