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 [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 [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 [Read More...]

Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection

Russell Crowe as Noah, Earl of Locksley

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 [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 [Read More...]

‘Stuff that you long ago forgot isn’t general public knowledge’

“What do Christian fundamentalists have against set theory?” asks Maggie Koerth-Baker at BoingBoing. She goes on to answer why — basically for the same reason that Christian fundamentalists do everything: Us-vs.-Them tribalism. But don’t let me spoil the ending, go read the whole thing (the kicker is terrific). What I want to highlight here, though, [Read More...]

Religious right pretends that Obama has a ‘God-talk’ problem

So here’s a common urban legend on the religious right, stated here by Phyllis Schlafly: Every time [President Obama] recites the Declaration of Independence, he omits the word “Creator.” Now we all know what’s in the Declaration and it’s very strange, you can’t blame it on a slip of the tongue or blame it on [Read More...]

Setting the world on fire for Jesus

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Perhaps you’ve seen the video. A peculiar fellow in a pink shirt stands on the lawn in front of General Mills headquarters. He holds a box of Honey Nut Cheerios and a propane torch. The man says: One out of every eight boxes of cereal in this country is Cheerios. This is really the treat [Read More...]


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