The white evangelical tribe is, itself, post-evangelical

GrahamCracks2

Bebbington Schmebbington. American white evangelicals no longer identify themselves according to the kinds of religious temperaments described in David Bebbington’s “quadrilateral” of biblicism, crucicentrism, conversionism and activism. That’s not how the tribe defines or enforces its own boundaries. Those boundaries have become political and defiantly partisan — anti-abortion, anti-gay, Christian nationalism, and a belief in “small government” in the Atwaterian sense of the term. [Read more...]

Who do you say that I am?: Putting the ‘post-’ in ‘post-evangelical’ (part 1)

LydiaBean

American evangelicals changed the way they answer the question “Who do we say that we are?” And that means, inevitably, that they have also — consciously or not — changed the way they answer the question “Who do you say that I am?” For Christians, that’s a rather important question. Changing our answer to that bedrock question shouldn’t be something that happens without serious, conscious consideration. And yet that’s what happened. [Read more...]

The name doesn’t make the band, the band makes the name

Flo

The new currency for the label “Progressive Christian” is something of an accident. It’s the label settled on for a bunch of Christians whom other Christians weren’t sure they wanted to share a label with. [Read more...]

Are you ready (to buy a T-shirt)?

FlyAway

See, here’s the plan: you put on your spiffy new Left Behind T-shirt and matching baseball cap with the lofted embroidery and everyone will see that question, “Are You Ready?” and be intrigued. They’ll come up to you — friends, relatives, neighbors, strangers on the bus, all the popular kids at your school — and they’ll ask you, “Ready for what?” And then you can share the gospel with them. [Read more...]

‘Christian Mingle: The Movie’ and the Magic Jesus Dream Boy

MrRight

Romantic comedies are supposed to be about two people coming together — they both have to move toward each other. The set-up for “Christian Mingle: The Movie” suggests that one side of this couple doesn’t move — that he cannot and should not change because he’s already got all the answers. She pursues him because she’s lonely (and because, the trailer seems to suggest, no woman is complete without getting married). Why does he pursue her? [Read more...]

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)

AricClark

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

GrahamCracks

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...]


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