The evangelical mind must obey the moneyed enforcers of the tribe

Peter Enns offers a powerful one-two punch on the subject of what Mark Noll called The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind. First up was a post by Enns himself, titled, “‘If They Only Knew What I Thought’: The Sad Cycle of Evangelical Biblical Scholarship.” He discusses both the frustration of students at evangelical institutions, who [Read More...]

Tribalism and the cruelly weird idea of zero-sum human rights

Anti-gay activist Peter LaBarbera said this recently on a conservative radio show: All of a sudden Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have turned the United States into a pro-homosexual regime and it’s just despicable. That’s as clear an expression as you’ll find of the zero-sum notion of human rights that underlies so much of the [Read More...]

The battle against the culture wars II

More smart people saying more smart things about the “culture wars” and the culture warriors who fight them. Chris Clarke: “An open letter to the right wing in the wake of the passage of Amendment One in N.C.“ We are people who would really rather be left alone to live our lives. And we would [Read More...]

The battle against the culture wars

Three smart people saying smart things about the “culture wars.” John Aravosis: “Mr. Cantor, your culture war is my life“ Brad Dayspring, the former spokesman for the number two Republican in the US House, Eric Cantor, had the following to say about President Obama’s support for same-sex marriage: “With the economy in stagnation and crippling [Read More...]

Will the majority allow minority rights in N.C.?

The citizens of North Carolina vote today on Amendment One, a ridiculous exercise in “Scissors for Hitler” silliness that makes the Tarheel State look just as foolish as if they were voting on a ban against left-handedness or an amendment decreeing that people with blue eyes can’t be licensed to drive. It’s ugly, stupid and [Read More...]

Is Billy Graham being exploited for political gain?

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Both Alvin McEwen and Jan Edmiston wonder if the Rev. Billy Graham is being exploited and manipulated. The iconic evangelist, who is now 93 years old and has been in poor health, has a long history of avoiding taking sides on partisan political disputes, fearing that doing so would distract from his primary concern of [Read More...]

Three commentaries on N.C. that are far more moral than Billy Graham’s cruel embrace of ignorance

Each of these commentators also offers a far better understanding of the Bible than you’ll find in Billy Graham’s shameful, pandering advertisements. … Leonard Pitts Jr.: “Don’t Blame the Bible“ Sometimes, people hide inside the Bible. That is, they use the Christian holy book as authority and excuse for biases that have nothing to do [Read More...]

The ‘Big Four’ markers of the evangelical tribe

Not all of the Big Four carry equal weight. I’ve commended Jonathan Dudley’s excellent book, Broken Words, for his frank and insightful assessment of the four tribal markers that characterize the boundaries of American evangelicalism: abortion, homosexuality, evolution and environmentalism. Opposition to all four of those constitutes evangelical tribal identity. Such opposition need not be [Read More...]


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