Larry Pratt: Still dishonest and violent, and still an upstanding pillar of the white evangelical community

So obviously, that debate nearly 20 years ago was seen as controversial for Christian family radio. Because of Ron Sider. He’s a pacifist, urges rich people to give money to feed the hungry, and he once voted for McGovern. It was quite a bold move, then, for this radio station to ask a fine, upstanding pillar of the white evangelical community like Larry Pratt to agree to debate such a dangerous, fringe character. [Read more…]

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‘Duck Dynasty’: White evangelicals rallying for racism

Instead of denouncing the hateful racist bullshit, white evangelicals rose to defend the celebrity’s right to spout hateful racist bullshit without being criticized. Instead of denouncing the hateful racist bullshit, white evangelicals rallied to defend the celebrity himself because any criticism of him is a criticism of their whole tribe. Instead of denouncing the hateful racist bullshit, white evangelicals rallied to defend the hateful racist bullshit. [Read more…]

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‘Duck Dynasty’: November wines, December whines

In the December case, a cast member from the show sat down with a reporter and compared being gay to bestiality. And he also said black people were happier before the Civil Rights Movement, but have since become unhappy welfare-moochers with a sense of entitlement. In the November case, cast members from the show reached a business deal with a Napa Valley winery. White evangelicals seem confused about which of those is more offensive. [Read more…]

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Mark Driscoll: If you’re gonna steal, steal better stuff

The charge that Mark Driscoll plagiarized a big chunk of Peter Jones’ “Pagan Lies, Gospel Truth: Can You Tell the Difference?” in his own latest book seems both well-substantiated and quite serious. But just as serious is this: The passage in question from Jones’ book is awful. It’s not worth reading, let alone plagiarizing. [Read more…]

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The persecution of Christians: 4 ways to respond

Religious persecution is not a function of the religious character of the majority nor a function of the religious character of the minority. The only variable that matters is whether or not there is a legal framework guaranteeing the rights, freedoms and safety of minorities. [Read more…]

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‘Heaven Is for Real’ is not for real

Trailers have been released for “Noah” and for “Heaven Is for Real.” The screwy, backwards thing about these two movies is that white evangelicals are probably going to be upset by the wrong one. [Read more…]

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Reformed seminaries ought to understand Reformed political theology

Michael Kruger is a Reformed theologian. He teaches, and serves as president, at the Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte. Yet Kruger seems wholly unfamiliar with, and wholly ignorant of, Reformed political theology. That’s more shocking than the credulous falsehoods Kruger swallows and regurgitates as his talking points against universal health care. [Read more…]

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Worth 1,000 words: The awful state of American evangelical Christianity after Billy Graham

This is evangelical Christianity in America in 2013. White. Rich. Right-wing. Dishonest. Predatory. Outwardly pious, inwardly corrupt. [Read more…]

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