An Internet Monk’s prediction and the ‘rise of the nones’

The coming evangelical collapse?

Five years ago, Michael Spencer of Internet Monk predicted “The Coming Evangelical Collapse” — something he said would begin with 10 years and occur “with astonishing statistical speed.” At least part of what he described seems to have begun. [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (8.10)

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Leslie Callahan on what Christians should be boycotting; a modest suggestion from Valerie Tarico; Samantha Pugsley on waiting and true love; Rebecca Gordon on torture; and the Gungors correctly predict the gatekeepers’ response. [Read more...]

The Fall of the House of Graham

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Some of us have been publicly complaining about Franklin’s hijacking and derailing of his father’s ministry for many years, but things got more interesting this week when the Rev. Tullian Tchividjian joined the chorus. [Read more...]

‘Liberal theology’ is not the opposite of political conservatives’ theology

Spectrum.

Every once in a while, this needs to be said: “Liberal” politics and “liberal” theology are not the same thing. “Conservative” politics and “conservative” theology are not the same thing. Right-wing politics do not make one theologically “conservative” or orthodox. Left-wing politics do not make one theologically “liberal” or heterodox. The theological spectrum does not mirror the political spectrum for many, many reasons, the most important of which being that there is no such thing as the “theological spectrum.” [Read more...]

Dear Thomas Kidd: Bite me.

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Oh my. I can hear the pearls being clutched from here. That’s not very “civil” is it? OK, let’s try this: Dear Thomas Kidd, With all due respect in re: your pronouncements regarding “The ‘Evangelicals’ Who Are Not Evangelicals,” You Are Henceforth Cordially Invited to Bite Me. Let’s not play games. There is nothing “civil” [Read More...]

Gatekeepers are losing their grip

Some gatekeepers keep outsiders out. Others keep insiders in.

The problem with banishing members of the tribe for this thought crime, though, is that it gets everyone else thinking about it too. And now, thanks to those hyper-vigilant gatekeepers and those hysterical fundraisers and apocalyptic political campaigners, everyone has had a chance to think about this a bit more for the past 10 years. It turns out that 10 years is a long time to think about something you’re expected and required to oppose without at some point along the way noticing the utter lack of any convincing argument against it. [Read more...]

Is Owen Strachan’s Bro-formed theology heretical?

The founding manifesto for the "biblical manhood" group is called "The Danvers Statement." That's never not funny.

Owen Strachan is wrong to believe that God is intrinsically, actually and exclusively male. The Bible doesn’t teach that and orthodox Christian theology doesn’t teach that. But this doesn’t mean that Owen Strachan is a heretic, just a sexist jerk. And that’s much, much worse than heresy. [Read more...]

Honoring liars & silencing gays: The NRB epitomizes the toxic pathology of white evangelical tribalism

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NRB is, in other words, a gatekeeper. It is, in some ways, the gatekeeper for the white evangelical tribe. It controls the spigot determining the flow of money, attention, awareness and, above all, permission. [Read more...]


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