I was recently invited by Christopher Benson, who blogs over at www.bensonian.org, to contribute to a “blog book tour” sponsored by Yale University Press for Terry Eagleton‘s new book Why Marx Was Right. Basically, [...]
The New York Times published an article yesterday by Erik Eckholm that investigates the challenges that unmarried evangelical seminary graduates face when looking for a pastoral position. Bluntly: It ain’t happening.
My favorite part of the article, however, is the way it highlights how American evangelicals are so motivated by the construct [...]
When faced with a difficulty or a problem we often attempt to take stock of our situation in order to come to a solution. But taking stock can itself be a complicated process, and there are many ways to disagree about how this ought to be done – just what are the relevant factors? And [...]
Yesterday, Fitz argued that evangelicalism won’t split because it’s eroding instead. I agree, and I would add that this erosion factors heavily into the debate over whether young evangelicals are staying conservative or shifting to the left.
Christian conservatives have been trumpeting new numbers that show the evangelical kids are holding [...]
I have many friends and acquaintances who are not only life-long regular church goers, but also priests and bishops, including my college roommate, who was a highly-decorated soldier in Vietnam [...]
Over at Tony Campolo’s “Red Letter Christians” blog, Jimmy Spencer sees the release of Love Wins as signalling an imminent split in Protestant evangelicalism. It’s the old people, who tend to be reformed, along with their young recruits, against the rest of us young folks, as Spencer sees it. And though he [...]
Rob Bell is everywhere. Last night I heard him speak (and adeptly evade answering questions…more on that in a minute) at the New York Society for Ethical Culture (transcript at Patheos). Today, he was on Good Morning America and MSNBC. He is promoting his controversial-before-it-was-even-released-book
Join Patrol editor Jonathan D. Fitzgerald tonight at 7 at the New York Society for Ethical Culture for a live global event with Rob Bell. And stay tuned for our continuing coverage.
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the anti-abortion group Live Action and their undercover video stings at Planned Parenthood clinics. I was critical; I don’t think the videos show what Live Action claims they show, and they are spinning the circumstances to appear way more sinister than they actually were. Now, the group [...]
David Sessions and I are the newest columnists at the religion website Patheos, a wonderful resource that Newsweek calls “Smarter Religion.” I write every Wednesday on the various manifestations of Christianity in culture, and Sessions writes bi-weekly on American politics and culture.
Allow me to direct your attention to a blog post over at the wonderfully named “Hobo Theology.” Full disclosure: the blogger is my brother-in-law. That influences this response in two ways: the first is that I love him more than I love most other bloggers with whom I disagree. Second, I know that [...]
It is disappointing to see a Christian fulfill what I would have thought was a tired stereotype: asserting that a rival belief or argument is ultimately based on immorality. Aside from being a conversation-stopper, in today’s world it seems to exude the bunker mentality of a subculture that does not want to sincerely engage with [...]
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