Top Theoblogy Posts of 2012

Time to look back on the posts that generated the most pageviews this year. But before I get to that, here are the top posts from some previous years:

2004-2006: [I did not keep stats]

2007: Rejected by Wheaton

2008-2009: [The lost years - aka, Beliefnet]

2010: Is Sojourners for Straights Only?

2011: What’s Up with Rob Bell?

And now, the top posts of 2012:

10. The Best TED Talk Ever?

9. Shane Hipps Leaving Mars Hill

8. Mormonism No Longer a Cult According to Billy Graham

7. Brian McLaren Clarifies His Views on Homosexuality

6. Where Are the Women?

5. Possibly the Worst Church Website in the World

4. Don’t Blame the Bible for Your Bad Views on Homosexuality

3. Death to Homeschooling

2. Mark Driscoll’s House of Cards

1. Would John Piper Excommunicate His Son?

Thanks again for reading, everyone. I’d love to hear your comments on what this list says about A) this blog, and B) the state of American Christianity.

  • http://antichristaliens.com/ Lock Ledger

    I wish you would list the number of page views.

  • Curtis

    Given that at least half of these stories either directly or indirectly are about sexuality and sexual identity, I’d say these results show that American Christianity is obsessed with sex. Maybe it always has been?

  • http://www.somuchshoutingsomuchlaughter.com/ suzannah | the smitten word

    #6 indicates that the people who care about that answer are more numerous than those merely looking to have their “anger satisfied” or those over whom you have the authority to “release.”

    • http://tonyj.net Tony Jones

      Glad somebody got that parable.

      • http://www.somuchshoutingsomuchlaughter.com/ suzannah | the smitten word

        what was the point of your broaching a discussion about underrepresented women’s voices here if it all ends with a shrug of the shoulders and passive-aggressive kiss-off?

        i picked up a book for my sister for christmas, and it had an essay of yours in it about, of all things, a hermeneutic of humility, listening to oppressed groups, and working alongside christians with whom you disagree. i can’t fathom how your parable works in that framework or shows that your original question was an honest one.

        • http://tonyj.net Tony Jones

          My friend, I have listened. And I will continue to listen. I have, for example, listened to you. I think this blog has changed as a result.

          I simply want the people who hate me to have the permission to stop reading. If you despise me, my writing, my theology, or this comment section, I wish you well as you discover blogs that suit you.

          Suzannah, I hope that you, for one, stick around.

          • http://www.somuchshoutingsomuchlaughter.com/ suzannah | the smitten word

            i appreciate that, tony. you’ve said that you don’t want to be dismissive and are listening, and i’m thankful to hear it, but you’re smart guy, and i hardly think this is a case of being misunderstood.

            you have to know that writing a parable giving female critics (whose feedback you solicited) permission to stop reading come across a lot less like “i’m listening” than “get the hell out, haters.” the criticism has been a bit more nuanced, and no one’s seeking your permission to be anywhere.

            i’m sure this is a can of worms you never intended to open, but these conversations are important. thanks for engaging.

            • http://tonyj.net Tony Jones

              Critics and haters are distinct categories. Let us at least agree on that.

              And you’re wrong about the can of worms. I loves cans of worms.


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