David Benham: ‘Persecution Is Coming!’

There’s a powerful narrative circulating that Christians are on the brink of persecution in America.

(Let’s set aside, for the moment, that white American Christians are arguably the most powerful, wealthiest group of human beings in human history.)

Here, ancient Rome is held up as a direct example of what American Christians may soon face.

And here’s my response: this comparison is a disgrace to the martyrs.

Haven’t you the least amount of shame? As you prance around the country raking in speaking fees, you dare to desecrate the suffering and death of the martyrs by comparing yourself to them?

Sickening.

We need to do better than this. We have to do better than this.

We Need Better Ideas

It’s hard to believe that this blog post exists on a christian blog in 2015 – because it confirms that there are Christians asking these questions of Christian thinkers.

How is this possible?

We absolutely must have new and better ways of thinking about science and how it interacts with our faith.

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We Need Better Ideas: Inerrancy

Nailed it.

At the very least, this proves that an inerrant Bible doesn’t amount to much without inerrant readers who can understand and interpret it inerrantly.

For the sake of argument, let’s grant the idea that the Bible is inerrant — that it provides “truth, without any mixture of error.” That still wouldn’t allow the Bible to function the way inerrantists want it to, because the humans reading such an inerrant Bible are not themselves inerrant. None of us approaches the text “without any mixture of error.” We humans are all — demonstrably as well as doctrinally — flawed, fallible and finite creatures who come to the text as mixtures of error. Even if the text were perfect, we would never be capable of reading it perfectly.

We Need Better Ideas: Higher Education

Evangelical Christian colleges are developing a nasty habit of expelling professors who accept the science of evolution, and in this case, Open Theism as well.

Here’s an interesting aside from the main point of Karl W. Giberson’s recent opinion piece on the issue:

And, if we add the victims of witchhunts in other evangelical traditions, we could staff a major research university.

We need better ideas about Christian higher education. Maybe it’s time to make hypothetical research university this a thing.

Judge lifts Michigan’s ban on gay marriage

Wow, this is a big deal. And a very good thing.

“Many Michigan residents have religious convictions whose principles govern the conduct of their daily lives and inform their own viewpoints about marriage,” Friedman said. “Nonetheless, these views cannot strip other citizens of the guarantees of equal protection under the law.”

http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/story/25041569/judge-lifts-michigans-ban-on-gay-marriage