‘What is an evangelical?’ part 3,947 …

If you want to reclaim the word "evangelical," you'll have to take it back from the people who own it right now. And that means people like Pat Robertson, Tony Perkins, David Barton, Bryan Fischer and Cindy Jacobs.

The word “evangelical” no longer belongs to the old mainstream of Christianity Today and Billy Graham and Wheaton College. Today that word belongs to people like Pat Robertson, Tony Perkins, James Dobson, Bryan Fischer, David Barton and Cindy Jacobs. If the old mainstream evangelicals want to reclaim that word, they’re going to have to take it back by taking it away from Robertson & Co. [Read more...]

Gatekeeper gatecrashes a wedding (stay classy, Get Religion)

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The tribal guardians of evangelicalism want you to know that Jesus was “being literal” when he said “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” And if anyone ever says otherwise, well then, the guardians will just have to escort that person into exile. The tribe, after all, must be kept pure, even if that means using somebody’s son’s wedding as a pretext for an inquisition. [Read more...]

‘The Right Club’ and what offends God

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A local church goes tribal in reaction to an atheist billboard. Here’s what their failed attempt at a snappy comeback tells us about the difference between serving God and scoring points for Team God. And that verse — “Fools say in their hearts, ‘There is no God’” — really needs to be read in the context of the whole chapter, because Psalm 14 isn’t about God being offended by atheist billboards. [Read more...]

3 things you can do if you want to be a big jerk

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Here are a few recent stories in which various people — including some public officials — demonstrate how to be a really big jerk. I don’t recommend being a big jerk, mind you, but if that’s your goal, then study these stories carefully. These folks are putting on a clinic in jerkitude. 1. Walk into [Read More...]

More smart people saying smart things

Emily C. Heath: “How to Determine If Your Religious Liberty Is Being Threatened in Just 10 Quick Questions” I’ve come up with this little quiz. I call it “How to Determine if Your Religious Liberty Is Being Threatened in Just 10 Quick Questions.” Just pick “A” or “B” for each question. 1. My religious liberty [Read More...]

Evangelical tribalism: 3 more data points

Life inside the evangelical tribal bubble is a wondrous place. Come with me inside, through the un-looking glass, wherein we will learn that the oldest churches aren’t sufficiently traditional, that a 47-year-old white rapper is the pinnacle of Christian art since “Butterfly Kisses,” and that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are more authentically evangelical than [Read More...]

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 [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 [Read More...]


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