June 17, 2021

Hi and welcome back! Last time we visited Hell, we checked out what the second wave of Christians (2nd – very early 4th century) thought of the idea. And we saw these Christians slowly embellishing and extending the initial ‘lake of fire’ idea. Today, let’s see what the third wave of Christians in the 4th century proper thought of Hell. (Previous Journeys Into Hell: 2nd-4th Century Thoughts on Hell; Hell in Early Christian Writings; The Night My Fear of Hell Died; But… Read more

June 16, 2021

Today, let’s look at the SBC meeting, the election of Ed Litton, and just the sheer audacious state of these guys. Read more

June 15, 2021

We tracked the prehistory of Hell already, so today, let’s look at what 2nd-4th century Christians did with the idea of it.  Read more

June 14, 2021

Years ago, I used to be so scared of being proven wrong. In my old (authoritarian) crowd, if someone got discovered to be wrong, that meant they were vulnerable to attack — and inevitably they got attacked. But in science, it’s okay if something turns out to be wrong. Read more

June 13, 2021

I had not yet learned that authoritarianism itself precludes sincerity or faithfulness in Christianity. Individual Christians might cultivate these traits, but there is no way to have a whole group of them reliably doing the same thing. Sooner or later, a bad-faith actor gets into that group — and wrecks it, often before it’s even really gotten off the ground. Read more

June 12, 2021

In these two letters, Moore tries very hard to portray himself as a man of deep principles and great morality: a hero in every sense of the word, fighting hard against the enemies of good in the halls of power in his denomination. Alas, his actual behavior doesn’t quite support that portrayal. Today, we’ll see how Russell Moore fits into his own self-presentation as a big damn hero. Read more

June 11, 2021

Yesterday, we talked about the sheerly vicious racism on display in these leaked letters. Today, let’s talk about the mind-blowing but entirely unsurprising sexism he reveals in them. Read more

June 10, 2021

Hi and welcome back! Lately, we’ve been talking about the two leaked letters from Russell Moore. Until recently, he worked for the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) as the leaders of their Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC). But a few weeks ago, he resigned from that position (and left the SBC iself) amid a firestorm of controversy. Since then, two letters of his have leaked to the public (first archive link; second archive link). These letters offer Moore’s absolutely devastating criticisms… Read more

June 9, 2021

Today, let me show you a bit about the leaked letters’ provenance, what they cover, and who they name — and then, let’s talk about why Russell Moore wrote them like he did. Read more

June 8, 2021

Hi and welcome back! The other day, we talked about how Russell Moore ended up as the president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). Mostly, we talked about the absolute state of the ERLC in 2012 — and why the masters of the SBC needed Russell Moore to lead it after the previous president’s string of scandals. Russell Moore rehabbed the ERLC’s tattered image nicely for a while, yes. Alas for them both, something… Read more

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