Think Same Sex Marriage Isn’t Inevitable?

Then you’ve got your head in the sand.  Check out the numbers released by the Pew Research Center last week:

They write:

The gradual shift in public opinion on same-sex marriage largely reflects the changing views of successive generations. Over the last 15 years, each generation has been more supportive of gay marriage than its predecessor. As the younger generations make up a larger share of the public, the balance of opinion has shifted.

But the bump in support for gay marriage has been more pronounced in recent years because of significant attitude changes within generational groups. As recently as 2009, just 23% of Silents supported gay marriage; now 33% share this view. Notable increases in the past two years have also been seen among Boomers (from 32% to 42%), Gen Xers (from 41% to 50%) and Millennials (from 51% to 59%).

The Pew Numbers also show liberalizing trends in other social issues, from the legalization of marijuana to gun rights, but none is as pronounced as same sex marriage.

The question, I suppose, is how conservative the Millennials will become as they age.  Surely the Boomers were pretty liberal when they were in college, and they’ve moved right as a group — though not as far as their parents and grandparents.

HT: Bethany Stolle

Cyber Monday?

So, we all had a #HipsterHoliday and a #BuyNothingFriday. But does that extend to Cyber Monday?

Look Who’s a Methodist Poster Child!

Here’s the current homepage at

I’m ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille:

I have no problem being the poster child for service rather than consumerism on Black Friday, and I don’t even object to a denomination using my image for that purpose, but the story is about a few churches in South Texas that have started a ministry called “Bless Friday.”  The image is from a retreat for college students that I led in Las Vegas a couple years ago.

So I guess now I’m stock art.

HT: Shane Mullin (who, for some reason, was on the UMC homepage yesterday)

Note to Readers Who Want to Read

A couple weeks ago, I wrote about three books that I plan to read and blog about before the end of the year.  And I invited any of you to join me in the reading and conversation — I hope that some of you will.  The three books are below the jump, if you want more info about them.

I plan to post five times on each book, once per weekday.  Here’s the schedule:

  1. Next week: The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited by Scot McKnight
  2. Week of December 5: The Bible Made Impossible: Why Biblicism Is Not a Truly Evangelical Reading of Scripture by Christian Smith
  3. Week of December 12: Sweet Heaven When I Die: Faith, Faithlessness, and the Country In Between by Jeff Sharlet

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