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John Piper Is Wrong. Sexual Abuse Is Not a Result of Egalitarianism

On Friday, John Piper released a podcast in which he said “The Egalitarian Myth” is partially to blame for sexual abuse.“Egalitarian assumptions in …

Only the Mystics Can Save Christianity Now

January 29, 2018 by Jayson D. Bradley<p>For the 25 years that I’ve been a Christian, the “God-shaped vacuum” is one of the most consistently used …

Understanding the fake historian behind America’s religious right

Sam Brownback, new ambassador for religious freedom, is an admirer of controversial “scholar” David Barton.<p>With a tie-breaking vote cast by Vice President Mike Pence, the Senate confirmed longtime religious-right figurehead and outgoing (and unpopular) Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback to be the US’s …

There's No Way Out

Trump’s presidency may be a dysfunctional disaster, but there’s no apparent way to end it.<p>Last week, which brought the release of Michael Wolff’s <i>Fire and Fury</i>, was rough for the White House. But this week has been worse still, and the damage has been almost entirely inflicted by the president …

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The Last Evangelical

From the Editor: For centuries, the movement of evangelicalism has been a home for those across the globe who devoted themselves to love of God, love …

Still Evangelical? - InterVarsity Press

Evangelicalism in America has cracked, split on the shoals of the 2016 presidential election and its aftermath, leaving many wondering if they want …

Faith

The Museum of the Bible Is a Safe Space for Christian Nationalists

LOOKING at it, you’d think that the Museum of the Bible was, in fact, a museum. But the organizers of Revolution 2017, a recent gathering at the museum featuring speakers who intend to “transform nations” by “igniting a holy reformation in every sphere of society,” know better.<p>“We wholeheartedly …

A pastor admitted a past ‘sexual incident’ with a teen, saying he was 'deeply sorry.' His congregation gave him a standing ovation.

On Dec. 1, as headlines across the country blared with news about Matt Lauer’s surprise firing from the “Today” show for sexual misconduct, a woman named Jules Woodson tapped out a short email. It ran only about 80 words but was nearly 20 years in the making. “Do you remember?” the subject line …

I can’t bear a modern American church service

So how intolerable do you think a Nazi church service would be?In contrast to the post-war myth-making that tried to paint the Nazis as pagans and …

A Field Guide to the Musical Leitmotifs of “Star Wars”

The film-music scholar Frank Lehman, an assistant professor at Tufts University, works fast: within a day of the opening of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” he had updated his “Complete Catalogue of the Motivic Material in ‘Star Wars,’ Episodes I-VIII,” which can be found online. The catalogue now …

Core Values the Religious Right Taught Me, But Abandoned in the Age of Trump

I was a child of the Religious Right. From my 777 “To Hell With The Devil” t-shirt, to reading Like Lambs to the Slaughter so I could explain to my …

Christmas turned the world upside down

When you ponder what Christmas celebrates, the holiday's claim is staggering.<p>N.T. Wright, the widely read biblical scholar and retired Anglican bishop, captures its import by noting that the Gospels do not cast Jesus as "parachuting down from a great height to dispense solutions to all problems nor …

Theology

Can Evangelicalism Survive Donald Trump and Roy Moore?

For centuries, renewal movements have emerged within Christianity and taken on different forms and names. Often, they have invoked the word “evangelical.” Followers of Martin Luther, who emphasized the doctrine of salvation by faith alone, described themselves in this way. The Cambridge clergyman …

America’s New Religion: Fox Evangelicalism

To hear the Christian right tell it, President Trump should be a candidate for sainthood — that is, if evangelicals believed in saints.<p>“Never in my lifetime have we had a Potus willing to take such a strong outspoken stand for the Christian faith like Donald Trump,” tweeted Franklin Graham, the son …

Religion

Thank Goodness for Donald Trump

The 45th U.S. president has jolted us out of a profound amnesia and complacency.<p>Donald Trump’s first year in office seems to have been marked, above all, by his verbal incontinence. America’s tweeter-in-chief kept several continents rapt with his early-morning offerings. In his lack of inhibition …

Roy Moore’s story is unraveling.

A month ago, when Roy Moore was accused of having pursued teenage girls while in his 30s, he equivocated. “Do you remember dating girls that young?” …

Orrin Hatch just made the Republican agenda startlingly clear

We can afford a trillion dollars in deficit-financed tax cuts. But "we don't have any money" for children's health care.<p>On the Senate floor last week, just hours before Republicans passed a $1 trillion tax cut, Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown challenged Senate Finance Committee Chair Orrin Hatch: Why …

God’s Plan for Mike Pence

Will the vice president—and the religious right—be rewarded for their embrace of Donald Trump?<p>No man can serve two masters, the Bible teaches, but Mike Pence is giving it his all. It’s a sweltering September afternoon in Anderson, Indiana, and the vice president has returned to his home state to …

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If You Could Capture Contemplation on a DVD, It Might Be a Lot Like This…

If You Could Capture Contemplation on a DVD, It Might Be a Lot Like This…<p>November 14, 2017 by Carl McColman<p>One of my favorite movies is finally …

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Repent And Believe In The Gospel! Over 300 Christian Theologians Challenge The Corruption Of U.S. Christianity

The Boston Declaration, condemning the abuse of the Christian faith by many conservatives today, was just written, signed and released by over 300 hundred Christian theologians attending the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature, an annual meeting of nearly 10,000 …

The new Museum of the Bible tries really hard to be apolitical. But is that even possible?

Evangelicals embrace ecumenism. Sort of.<p>The most surprising thing about the Museum of the Bible, the newest addition to the string of museums dotting …

A Prayer Service of Lament for Race & Injustice

Last week I led a prayer service of lament at my church for the racial injustice and violence experienced in our country. I put together the below …

The Christian Right and the Rise of American Fascism

This movement will not stop until we are ruled by Biblical Law, and an authoritarian church intrudes in every aspect of our life.

Words Matter: Donald Trump, Jesus, Terrorists, and Morons

Word clouds are not just for fun, as most people who work in the humanities know. They allow us to visualize important information, namely the …

How Trump Team Twists The Torah In War On Knowledge

It was strange to hear the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday, October 31, quote the Book of Joshua as justification for …

Turns Out the Republicans Just Weren’t Ready to Govern

It’s not all Trump’s fault. He’s exploiting a pre-existing condition within the GOP base. These people need help.<p>When a supporter once told Adlai …

Republicans

Stand-up Comedian Explains White Privilege, Totally Nails It

<b>It’s always a struggle to explain White privilege in a way that makes sense.</b> You might have like this incredible explanation, but some people — …

It’s official—fidget spinners are a million times more fun in space

Just when you thought the fidget spinner craze was over, astronauts in the International Space Station have reminded the internet that we still …

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Before Thor: Ragnarok Comes to Theaters, Hang It On Your Wall

When a movie is as visually extravagant as <i>Thor: Ragnarok</i>, it almost demands to be made into art. Well, thanks to the Fandango FanShop and Hero …

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