Warning! This World Has Redefined the Word Love


A UC reader recently shared this image via our Facebook Page. Since we’ve tackled “Christian” memes in the past, and since this one conveys sentiments that we regularly hear from our friends on the (far) right of the political and theological spectrum, I thought I’d take a moment to address its not-so-subtle points. [Read more...]

Christian Fundamentalism’s Grand Illusion


I often tell my conservative friends that their belief in an inerrant Bible is just as subjective as my subjective belief in an errant Bible. But they just can’t see it. They continue to shout the same refrain that their position rests on objective truth and mine subjective. [Read more...]

A Transgender Christian Loses Her Church but Keeps Her Faith


Because I live “simply open” about who and what I am, at some point when our relationship deepens, the fact that I am a married Christian woman of transgender experience will become apparent in natural, relaxed, and even winsome ways — in God’s time… [Read more...]

A Christian Response to the Transgender Discussion

Trans solidarity rally and march, Washington, DC, May 17, 2015 / Ted Eytan / CC BY-SA 2.0

Caitlyn Jenner’s public transformation on the cover of Vanity Fair last week forcefully pulled the “T” from the end of “LGBT” and placed it squarely at the forefront of public discourse. [Read more...]

Churchgoer Sees Jesus in a Mocha

Photo © 2015 by Sheila G. Hunter. Used by permission.

“Churchgoer Sees Jesus in a Mocha.” Can’t we picture such a headline in our news feeds? We have seen announcements like it before: “‘Virgin Mary Grilled Cheese’ Sells for $28,000.” The now-famous grilled cheese was reported to have an imprint of the Virgin Mary’s face on it. It had been stored in a baggie in [Read More...]

The Duggars: Privilege and Personal Irresponsibility


Nothing has laid bare how obviously conservatives’ own privilege trumps the “personal responsibility” they demand of everyone else than the ongoing saga regarding Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s oldest progeny and his apparent teenage preoccupation with molesting young girls. [Read more...]

Being Born Again in Unfundamentalist Fashion


It is unfortunate that the phrase “born again” has come to be associated with a particular kind of Christianity generally known for its belief in biblical inerrancy, its literal interpretation of scripture, its condemnation of our LGBT sisters and brothers, and its entrenchment in right wing politics. [Read more...]

Again: Raping Angels and Being Gay Are Not the Same Thing

The Destruction Of Sodom And Gomorrah, John Martin, 1852, public domain

There is perhaps no more abused passage in the Bible for condemning gays and lesbians than the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. We’ve discussed other major anti-gay clobber passages on this blog multiple times, including the ambiguous Romans 1 with its mysterious interlocutor, and the equally perplexing 1 Corinthians 6:9 with its invented terms for [Read More...]