Evangelicals revise their way to LGBTQ acceptance

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Today, well-known and widely traveled Christian social activist, Tony Campolo, released a statement saying he is now calling for the full acceptance of gay and lesbian couples in the church. While this will certainly seems like a very belated and insubstantial concession to many, Campolo's stature in the evangelical community makes this a significant move.Tony Campolo, father of the post-theist, USC Humanist Chaplain, Bart Campolo, has long been a champion for the oppressed and marginalized, … [Read more...]

Caitlyn Jenner calls the question on Christian anthropology

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Emma Green at The Atlantic published an excellent summary of the negative--and revolting--reactions from conservative Christians that we have have become familiar with over the past few days, from the hateful rhetoric of Matt Walsh* to the disturbingly rapey comments of Presidential candidate (I know!) Mike Huckabee who said in February that he wished he could have identified as a female when he was in high school so he could shower with the girls.Green then puts her finger on the core … [Read more...]

“Mommy, can I draw Muhammad?”

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Fellow Patheos Atheist Channel blogger, Wendy Thomas Russell, invited a group of people to participate in a group blogging project. As she writes, "Occasionally this blog features a series called “Mommy, What’s That?” — aimed at giving secular parents some simple, straightforward and open-minded ways to describe religious concepts. We’ve covered Satan, souls, the Bible — you know, run-of-the-mill Judeo-Christian stuff.But a couple of months ago, I began thinking about a particularly tricky ( … [Read more...]

American Christians scramble for silver lining in Pew religion poll

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Pew Research report shows Catholics and Evangelicals both declining, but it’s still good news, they say. Or at least okay.by Ryan Bell and Dan ArelAmericans are losing their religion. At least that is what a new study released this week by Pew Research has shown. The study polled more than 35,000 Americans from all 50 states and mapped changes to the country’s religious diversity over the past eight years.The study found, to many people’s surprise, that religiously unaffiliated adults … [Read more...]

Adventist “Holy Sexuality Conference” cancelled

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UPDATE: Further clarification from the South England Conference of Seventh-day Adventists below----My former denomination continues to make headlines, though not in the way they'd like, I think. Ben Carson has been saying things like homosexuality "absolutely" is a choice. Though he later apologized I don't think he suddenly changed his mind. It's more like the apology I used to offer my parents: I'm sorry I got caught. Or worse, I'm sorry some people were offended. The classic … [Read more...]

Different era, same injustice

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I'm completely geeking out right now! I'm sitting at the Mark Twain House in Hartford, CT (actually, in the Carriage House next door) where I'm speaking tonight at 7 pm about my Year Without God. I've spent a fair bit of time with some of Mark Twain's writings about religion over the past year. A few days ago I posted a link on my Facebook page to a piece entitled "Bible Teaching and Religious Practice" from Europe and Elsewhere."The Christian Bible is a drug store," he writes. "Its contents … [Read more...]


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