Denver Post Declares Emergent Church UnDead

Highlands Church in Denver, prides itself on accepting anyone and everyone, whether they are married, divorced, single, conservative, liberal, gay, straight or bisexual. "(This movement) is just disentangled from the belief that 'if you take the Bible seriously, you have to be a Republican,' " says the Rev. Mark Tidd, pastor of Highlands Church. (Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post)

From a Denver Post article on the (not-dead-yet) emergent church:

For a rising tide of the righteous young, faith is more about doing right than being right, including being politically “Right.”

This growing representation of young Christians — who either formerly or currently identify with aspects of evangelicalism — are drifting away, and sometimes divorcing themselves from the conservative politics handed down to them by their generational predecessors.

Frequently discussed in the past decade, but often dismissed as a temporary wave of angst, the metamorphosis of this Christian movement has been subtle but strong. What surfaced at the dawn of the 21st century as an amorphous dialogue of questioning, has gradually organized and established itself as a cultural game-changer, now reaching a level of political relevance.

Read the rest: Younger Colorado voters are united by faith, but divided by politics – The Denver Post.

Holding Hands Is a Gateway to Sex in Tennessee

The Tennessee Legislature has update their abstinence-only education bill. Public school teachers will now warn students that holding hands and kissing are gateways to sexual activity.

MEMPHIS, TN - (WMC-TV) – Tennessee senators approved an update to the state’s abstinence-based sex education law that includes warnings against “gateway sexual activity.”

In a new family life instructions bill, holding hands and kissing could be considered gateways to sex.  Planned Parenthood said that allowing state government to define local sex education curriculum could backfire.

via Bill would define holding hands, kissing as “gateway sexual acti – Action News 5 – Memphis, Tennessee.

Rest Easy. Bristol Isn’t Living with her Boyfriend

Bristol Palin

Bristol Palin blogs here at Patheos. You knew that, right? So, she and I are, like, colleagues. I cannot wait to see Bristol and Scot McKnight yucking it up at the office Christmas party.

This week, she took to the blog to put some rumors to rest:

In fact, you may have even recently heard rumors I’m living with my boyfriend.  As that gossip spread a couple of weeks ago, people all over America were applauding me for –finally! – coming to my senses and abandoning my no-sex-until-marriage policy.  Others are saying that me shacking up with my boyfriend is the height of hypocrisy.

Here’s the thing.  It’s not true. As I mentioned before, I recently bought a home across the lake from my parents’ house.  While it’s under renovation, I’m actually living in an apartment on their property.  Rest assured — there’s no way on earth my mom and dad would allow a guy to spend the night here with me.

via Bristol Palin —.

Study: Millennials Leaving Faith

You’ve heard it, and now it’s been confirmed by a major survey from Georgetown University and the Public Religion Research Institute: the Millennial Generation is leaving church, faith, and orthodox belief. Everyone who reads this blog should read this study:

Younger Millennials report significant levels of movement from the religious affiliation of their childhood, mostly toward identifying as religiously unaffiliated. While only 11% of Millennials were religiously unaffiliated in childhood, one-quarter (25%) currently identify as unaffiliated, a 14-point increase. Catholics and white mainline Protestants saw the largest net losses due to Millennials’ movement away from their childhood religious affiliation.

Today, college-age Millennials are more likely than the general population to be religiously unaffiliated. They are less likely than the general population to identify as white evangelical Protestant or white mainline Protestant.

Millennials also hold less traditional or orthodox religious beliefs. Fewer than one-quarter (23%) believe that the Bible is the word of God and should be taken literally, word for word. About 1-in-4 (26%) believe Bible is the word of God, but that not everything in the Bible should be taken literally. Roughly 4-in-10 (37%) say that the Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God.

Read it here: Survey | A Generation in Transition: Religion, Values, and Politics among College-Age Millennials | Public Religion Research Institute.