Smart people saying smart things

Neil Williams: "Does Christianity promote tribalism?" What I am concerned about is something different — an exclusive mentality that leads to indignation, shunning, meanness, oppression, violence, and even murder. Again, Christianity’s record is sullied. Common examples include the Crusades, Inquisition, and witch-hunts. But there are many others. For example, Philip Jenkins in “Jesus Wars” mentions an even greater bloodshed that occurred between Christians in the 5th and 6th … [Read more...]

Chik-fil-A Flustercluck: Missing links

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Hey, remember that time when Christians lined up to eat chicken to defend their religious freedom? No, not that time, the more recent one, at the beginning of this month, after legitimate Todd Akin fan Mike Huckabee declared "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day," remember that? Yeah, well, I didn't ever finish linking to -- or even reading -- all of the sharp commentary and follow-up posts in response to CfAAD. So let's take a trip back to those days of yesteryear, all the way back to four weeks … [Read more...]

Evangelical tribalism is not healthy for children and other living things

Jason Pitzl-Waters is a wise man. In his regular music round-up, he captures just why so-called contemporary Christian music is not something to be emulated: The yearning to develop something akin to “Contemporary Christian” music within our own communities is, I believe, counter-productive to the impulses that actually move us into sacred territory. When I construct A Darker Shade of Pagan each week I don’t think about the Pagan pedigrees, I think about what inspires and envelops me. … [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things

Kevin Miller: "Talking to Christians About Hell: It's Not as Easy as You'd Think" Experience has shown me that too many Christians have a strong emotional investment in a doctrine of hell they’re unable to articulate, much less defend against rival interpretations. Worse, they’re not even aware such interpretations exist. And then they treat their subjective, ill-informed beliefs about hell as the litmus test for orthodoxy. For example, another common question I get after someone watches … [Read more...]

When ‘evangelism’ intends to alienate and exclude

That Truth for Youth culture-war Bible we discussed yesterday is destined to be poorly received. I think that's by design. The purpose of this new, improved Bible, allegedly, is to "reach youth with the gospel." By the "gospel," unfortunately, these folks mean the culture-war gospel -- not the good news of Jesus the Christ, but a collection of sermons condemning abortion, homosexuality, sex, drugs & rock 'n' roll. But set aside that little matter of blasphemy and let's just consider … [Read more...]

Culture warriors produce a new, improved Bible

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Fundamentalist Christians are fond of the final verses of the book of Revelation: The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all the saints. No, not that one, of course. They don't tend to think of "grace" as a defining characteristic of the Lord Jesus. Nor do they believe such grace should be extended to all the saints (at least not to all the people who claim to be among the saints -- certainly not to the egalitarians, liberals, homosexuals, Episcopalians, papists, peaceniks, etc.). No, they're … [Read more...]

Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection

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I've mentioned before that I love the story of Rainbow Crow, the beautiful Lenape tale of how the crow got its black feathers and hoarse, croaking caw. It's a terrific story. But I do not want to see "Rainbow Crow: The Movie." The story is perfect as it is -- as a story that can be told in less than five minutes, 10 if you really milk it. It shouldn't be turned into a 90-minute movie or into a three-hour epic because it is not a 90-minute story or a three-hour epic. Trying to turn it into one … [Read more...]

Cruciform dildo-swords decorate church lawn in Tennessee

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Those are not crosses on the lawn of Grace Baptist Church in Murfreesboro, Tenn. The man in this photo, Mack Richards, explained that to reporter Scott Broden of The Tennessean. Richards, photographed here by the newspaper's John A. Gillis, explained that these giant cruciform objects on his church's lawn are actually anti-crosses. “It was more or less to make a statement to the Muslims about how we felt about our religion, our Christianity,” said Mack Richards, a Middle Tennessee … [Read more...]


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