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Evangelical Prof’s ‘Biblical Comma’ Tweet Exposes Paradox of ‘Respectable’ Evangelical Anti-Intellectualism

…he Word of God. You’d only ruin perfection. Keep your edits on the shelf.” https://twitter.com/ostrachan/status/1416565381649555463?s=20 The backlash was immediate and extensive. Of course, Strachan may have been trolling for exactly the sort of reaction he got, as he’s launching a book on Christianity and “wokeness,” which he’s described as “a major threat to the Christian faith” and “a different religion altogether.” But even so, some of the res…

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RD News Round-Up—Oct.14, 2008

…appe Election Prayers: On behalf of the National Day of Prayer Task Force (http://www.ndptf.org/home/index.cfm), which coordinates the annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, Dr. James Dobson and his wife Shirley are calling on Christians to pray for the election. “The future of our country is too important not to pray,” said Mrs. Shirley Dobson, chairman of the task force, in a recent interview. “As Christians, we’re in a unique posi…

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Christian Nationalism Was the Loser of Tuesday’s Debate

…e it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” https://twitter.com/ewarren/status/1232503545120935936 It is not at all a bad thing if, alongside the full recognition of the dignity and equality of non-believers, the Democratic Party embraces leaders who find personal meaning in passages of the Bible associated with social justice Christianity, in sharp contrast to the Christian Right’s ugly and vicious politics toward m…

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Is Criticizing Mitt Romney an Excommunicable Offense? No.

…ir faith. That question of openness—the matter and manner in which the LDS community sorts through its own history and practices—is a source of tension among Mormons today. It’s complicated by so many factors—among them the youth of the Church, Mormon feelings of vulnerability to persecution from and misunderstanding by outsiders, the historical value assigned to secrecy when Mormon lifeways were under threat and from the US government in the nine…

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There’s Nothing Wrong with ‘Prayer’; But There’s Every Reason to be Skeptical of Pence’s Coronavirus Prayer Circle

…ed those critical of the VP’s public response to the Coronavirus outbreak: https://twitter.com/JonathanMerritt/status/1234309386467708929?s=20 Graham and George are clear proponents of a “Christian nation,” but Merritt should know better. Did he pause to consider the broader context, one wonders, before tweeting that “mocking [Pence] for praying—like 79% of Americans have done in the past 3 months—is why so many regular Americans despise wine-and-…

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Is Proselytizing Ever Okay? Are We All Proselytizing All The Time?

…systematic murder of some six million Jews by the mostly Christian Nazis. https://twitter.com/cherriesandgin/status/1480225544683859973?s=20 If centuries upon centuries of Christian violence perpetrated against Jews and the resulting generational trauma don’t constitute a serious enough reason to object to proselytizing for Kristian and her fellow travelers, perhaps they’re beyond hope. It’s important to consider power dynamics here, and how conv…

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Republican Lauren Boebert Jokes About AR-15s and Jesus — And Yes, She’s a ‘Real’ Christian

…witterdom leapt at the chance to dunk on the theological heterodoxy of the comment: https://twitter.com/ndrewwhitehead/status/1537028907152588804?s=20&t=3MwrM_U34Ow5MGlki1Ge3g https://twitter.com/originalspin/status/1536865780368801793?s=20&t=3MwrM_U34Ow5MGlki1Ge3g https://twitter.com/clairecmc/status/1537133642706714631?s=20&t=3MwrM_U34Ow5MGlki1Ge3g https://twitter.com/AdamWeinstein/status/1537118021113765891?s=20&t=3MwrM_U34Ow5MGlki1Ge3g Sometim…

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Why the ‘Confession & Redemption’ Path is Unlikely to Help Falwell Recover from Sex Scandal

…cal Twitter. https://twitter.com/RobGeorge/status/1297948042218426371?s=20 https://twitter.com/NormOrnstein/status/1298042172432949253?s=20 On Sunday night Falwell apparently attempted to get ahead of Reuters’ explosive scoop dropped Monday morning by blaming everything on his wife Becki, claiming she’d had an affair with business partner Giancarlo Granda (now forever known as the Falwells’ Pool Boy), “in which I was not involved.” Granda, however…

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6 Overlooked Takeaways From a Reviewer of Controversial Texas Textbooks

…ianity around the globe.”⁹ Again, while factually correct that statement becomes deceptive when compared with the account of Islam just one page later: “In the centuries after Muhammad’s death, Muslims spread their religion by conquest.”10 Students reading those pages would naturally come away with the idea that Christianity’s spread was more peaceful than that of Islam. In fact, Islam spread at times by conquest (for instance, in North Africa), a…

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“Digital Discipline”: Five Questions on #ReLent2016

…k or engage at our in-person events, social media gives them a chance to make their voice heard. Those people really benefit from social media interactions in addition to extroverts like me. It also attracts those who would never set foot in a church normally. https://twitter.com/TheSlateProject/status/699659532352368642 https://twitter.com/RevSistahGirl/status/703229824475594753 https://twitter.com/lutheranSLP/status/707028749158580224 https://tw…

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