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...]

Welcome Dan Wilkinson, UC’s new editor


Since its launching in June 2013 I’ve been editor of this blog, choosing, editing, and finding an image for each piece published here, interfacing with the folks at Patheos, etc. It’s work in which I’ve taken a great deal of pleasure. Running this blog, which has been viewed over 1,340,000 times,  has allowed me to recapture some of [Read More...]

Welcome to the Duggar’s world of Independent Fundamental Baptists


The Duggars belong to the nearly 8-million strong Independent Fundamental Baptists denomination, the most toxic Christianity there is. [Read more...]

“Go. Be apostles of this peace.”


Sometimes we feel like we are alone … like Horton Hears a Who: We are here! We are Here!! WE ARE HERE!!! [Read more...]

Heaven is not “up there” somewhere


God is when and where we recognize that we all belong, that we are all connected. [Read more...]

Shoe Polish, Gospel Gratitude, and Teacher Appreciation Week

Shoe Polish

Today (May 4) through May 8 is National PTA’s Teacher Appreciation Week. “Shoe polish,” he said. “Listen to the words. Consonants and vowels feel and sound a certain way when you say them. ‘Shoe polish.’ Don’t you just love that sound?” Mr. Rogers was my high school English teacher. He loved words and the artistic [Read More...]

Southern Baptists, Racism, and Biblical Inerrancy


While Southern Baptists believe that scripture is “truth without any mixture of error” it is obvious that Southern Baptists do not read the Bible without any mixture of error. Southern Baptists, along with everyone else, read the Bible as fallible, error-prone human beings who are about as likely to get things wrong as right. [Read more...]

To Christians who support RFRA laws: Grow Up!


Are you as weary as I am in hearing all these well-to-do, materially prosperous and secure American Christians whining about being religiously persecuted because they cannot act on their exclusive theology in the marketplace and deny services to our LGBT sisters and brothers? [Read more...]