Must Christians Believe in a Second Coming?

detail from The Last Judgment by Michelangelo (1541)

The physical, bodily return of Jesus Christ was declared one of the five essential doctrines of Christian belief by the Conference of Conservative Protestants that met in Niagara Falls in 1895 (the other four doctrines were biblical inerrancy, the virgin birth, the divinity of Jesus, and substitutionary atonement). These five beliefs formed the foundation Christian [Read More...]

Kicking the Samaritan: Christianity and the Anti-Muslim Backlash


By now, the anti-Muslim backlash we witness after every fresh terror attack is not all that surprising. Bigots will be bigots, and they are not known for complexity or nuance in the face of … well, anything. [Read more...]

How the Traditional Doctrine of Hell Undermines Christian Character

John Martin, Pandemonium, 1841

The doctrine of eternal conscious torment presents a real problem for the Christian who is serious about developing a Christlike attitude. The problem, in short, is that acceptance of the doctrine of eternal conscious torment encourages attitudes which are, as Parry put it, “vicious.” [Read more...]

Jesus-Deniers Still Don’t Get It


Despite what New Testament scholar Bart Ehrman calls a “cottage industry” promoting the claim that Jesus of Nazareth never existed, the existence of a guy by that name in first century Palestine who was crucified by the Romans remains a matter of historical consensus among ancient historians and philologists. [Read more...]

Three Reasons Why We Don’t Pray the Sinner’s Prayer With Our Children


Praying the prayer to ask Jesus into their hearts with children is the seminal moment in evangelical families. It is believed to be the moment they are saved into securing eternity in heaven, and a commitment to follow Jesus for the rest of their lives. It is a significant and momentous event, one worthy of [Read More...]

A Gay Pastor Explains What the Bible Really Says About Homosexuality


Unfundamentalist Christians founder John Shore recently shared a letter from a gay Christian who is struggling with his sexuality and faith. Among the many encouraging comments on that post was one from a gay pastor who beautifully explained his understanding of the Bible, Christianity, and sexuality. [Read more...]

No One Else Is Entitled to Our Bodies


In China, millions of women have been forced to have abortions, whether they wanted them or not. Because their government felt entitled to women’s bodies. In many nations throughout the world, female genital mutilation is commonly practiced. Because their communities feel entitled to women’s bodies. In the US between 1900 and the 1970s between 100,000 [Read More...]

Putting Words in Paul’s Mouth: “Women: Shut Up!”


“Women should remain silent in the churches.” Few Christians actually follow Paul’s command. It’s often explained away as a cultural artifact, perhaps addressing a specific situation involving a group of unruly wives in Corinth. But an across-the-board prohibition against women speaking that’s applicable to the modern church? Surely not! [Read more...]