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Evangelicalism

Jesus And Trump Are Utterly Irreconcilable

Zack Hunt | Posted 02.16.2017 | Religion
Zack Hunt

He said his personal motto is "eye for an eye." He unrepentantly declared he doesn't ask for forgiveness. He said he wants to bomb half of the Midd...

A Hard, But Simply Truth For Non-Affirming Christians

Zack Hunt | Posted 01.19.2017 | Religion
Zack Hunt

This isn't a call for religious freedom. We already have that in the United States and have ever since the Constitution was ratified in 1788.

Silence: A Gut-Wrenching Look At Faith

Zack Hunt | Posted 01.12.2017 | Religion
Zack Hunt

The early 20th century French Catholic philosopher Jacques Maritain once wrote, "If you want to make a Christian work, then be Christian, and simply t...

Jesus, Fully This And Fully That

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 10.23.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Three hundred years after Jesus left Palestine, Christian leaders held heated debates about his nature, rejecting some ideas about Jesus and finally s...

Evangelicalism & Trumpism

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 12.05.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Some Evangelicals I know are among the best people I know. And yet, Evangelicalism, the religion, demands critique. So let's review: Evangelicalism i...

Evangelical Leader Tweets Pic Of Himself, Trump, Playboy Magazine

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 06.23.2016 | Politics

Jerry Falwell Jr. is probably wishing they'd staged this photo just slightly more to the right. The evangelical Christian leader and son of televangel...

Evangelicalism Needs to Die, So It Can Live

Randall Frederick | Posted 03.03.2016 | Religion
Randall Frederick

There's really nothing new to be said here, because it has already been stated in every combination and permutation possible; Evangelicalism in Americ...

I Used To Be A Republican, And Then I Studied Religion

Susie Meister | Posted 02.23.2016 | Politics
Susie Meister

Once I removed the dogmatic lens that had informed my biblical interpretations, I found a figure that defended a prostitute and ate with the poor. The life of Jesus simply didn't reflect the agenda of the political right, so now neither could I.

Conservatism Is No Cure for Fascism

James Peron | Posted 12.11.2016 | Politics
James Peron

Throughout his column, Douthat speaks of how libertarian values restrain fascism--they do. To equate them with conservative ideology, however, is a bit of stretch. Conservatives are not libertarians. Conservatism is not the ally of liberty. It is first and foremost the ally of the status quo and the past. Every attempt to expand human liberty was opposed by conservatives of the day.

Top 10 Reasons Trump Is the Perfect American Evangelical

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 09.04.2016 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

Strongly believes a woman (Megyn Kelly) should not be permitted to teach a man (Trump) and must be quiet (shut up).

Crossing the Globe in Search of Authentic ​Evangelicalism

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.15.2016 | Religion
Jim Wallis

How refreshing it was to be in the presence of leaders of faith -- heads of these huge churches that represent millions -- who are more interested in the needs of the poor and the call of Christ than in being "conformed to this world" and its shallow interests or reducing gospel concerns to a few hot-button social and sexual issues.

Why Proof-Texting Is Not Like Other Sins

Zack Hunt | Posted 06.27.2015 | Religion
Zack Hunt

Proof-texting is an intentionally deceptive practice that offers out of context proof while ignoring the greater witness of scripture and any other evidence that might rufute the desired (and predetermined) theological conclusion.

Why Rachel Held Evans Isn't A Big Deal

Randall Frederick | Posted 05.30.2015 | Religion
Randall Frederick

While Evans migration away from this kind of Evangelism is not news (rather, it is evidence of a strong advertising campaign that has painted her as a misunderstood victim), it is deeply disappointing that mainstream religious news sources and left-of-center bloggers have focused on her.

Reading The Bible Like We Read The Quran

Zack Hunt | Posted 04.12.2015 | Religion
Zack Hunt

Only 0.6% of the population in the United States is Muslim. Most of us in the 99% haven't even held a Quran in our hands. Yet, remarkably, we are a country full of Islamic experts; many of whom are self-professed Christians.

When Fey/Poehler Are My People

Cindy Brandt | Posted 03.15.2015 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

As our lives take a turn this way and that, with expected milestones and unexpected setbacks, my hope is that we are involved not so much in the business of drawing lines, but expend our efforts investing in the search for our people.

Born Again, or Blind?

Cindy Brandt | Posted 03.08.2015 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

I want to explore the beauty in the dark recesses of our world. I want to talk with with those outside of the spotlight, the unheard voices muttering in the dark. I want to settle in the shadows. I no longer wish to bring light to those in the darkness.

'Violent Night': A Post-Christmas Meditation for the Cosmos Generation

Russ Pierson | Posted 03.01.2015 | Religion
Russ Pierson

That first Christmas was a precursor to the science-fiction convention used over and over again in Doctor Who, Star Trek and every "galaxy far, far away" -- a "rip in the time-space continuum" -- as infinity takes on finitude, as the creator of the stars embraces a body made of stardust. Flesh and blood, this earthy God.

Nobody Is Getting Left Behind (Because the Rapture Is Never, Ever Going to Happen)

Zack Hunt | Posted 12.03.2014 | Religion
Zack Hunt

While the idea of believers being "caught up in the air" is mentioned, it is metaphorically describing the Second Coming. Paul is not claiming, nor even implying that Christians will disappear before all hell breaks loose on earth. In fact, the very idea of the rapture is antithetical to the narrative of scripture.

Mark Driscoll Needs a Prophet of His Own

Jack Levison | Posted 10.14.2014 | Religion
Jack Levison

Mark Driscoll should take some of his royalties and hire a full-time prophet. Not a friend but an opponent. Not a pushover but a person of incisive intellect. Maybe not even a man but a woman. Someone like Deborah, who exercised enormous power among Israel's early judges. Like Huldah, whose prophecies led to intense reform.

How I Kissed Evangelism Goodbye

Cindy Brandt | Posted 10.11.2014 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

Proselytizing limits the wildly beautiful story of God and God's people into a sample script. I agree we need more conversions in this world, but at least as many conversions need to take place within the Church as outside of it.

Apostle Paul and the Bible: Fundamentalism = Anti-Intellectualism

Robert Orlando | Posted 09.13.2014 | Religion
Robert Orlando

Inerrancy, literalism, or unexamined belief in the Bible, why does Fundamentalism still have a strong hold on so many Christians today?

When Your Own College Wouldn't Want You Because You're Gay: Evangelical Leaders Ask for Right to Discriminate

John-Manuel Andriote | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
John-Manuel Andriote

After the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision, conservative religionists tried seizing the opportunity to exclude people from their midst whose non-heterosexuality troubles them. The president of my own alma mater was one of them.

How to Be Evangelical After World Vision

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 06.15.2014 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

I want to suggest an evangelicalism that truly values mercy over sacrifice, restorative justice over religion, neighbors-as-people over theological gnats. In other words, an evangelicalism after World Vision.

New Wineskins: Why the Church Needs to Abandon Evangelicalism

Zack Hunt | Posted 06.02.2014 | Religion
Zack Hunt

I believe the church is in need of new wineskins. As the past few years have hinted at, and last week made crystal clear, evangelicalism is an old wineskin that is long past its expiration date. It was a new wineskin once and served the church well for a time, but it has become dry, brittle and broken.

Culture Wars and the Crisis in American Christianity

Eric Simpson | Posted 01.26.2014 | Religion
Eric Simpson

The reason it cannot be won is because it isn't real. It's a false issue used by political pundits and cynical politicians to energize an attitude of victimhood for a privileged group who otherwise could not reasonably claim victim status.