January 2013

Review: The Revisionaries

January 31, 2013

The Revisionaries is a 2012 documentary film about the Texas State Board of Education and its recent battles over science and U.S. history curricula. Director Scott Thurman explores the intersection of politics, religion and science as seen through the school board debates, spending considerable time with school board member, full-time dentist and conservative Christian Don […]

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Not So Super Bowl

January 30, 2013

In light of this weekend’s pending festivities, it seems relevant to mention the truly horrific nature of this “sport.”

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The Parable of the Good Samaritan: NRA Edition

January 24, 2013

On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” He answered, “‘A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of […]

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Zombie Kingdom

January 23, 2013

A critical exploration of the cinematic work of Fleischer and Anderson and its function in American mythopoeics. I recently watched the 2009 horror-comedy Zombieland (directed by Ruben Fleischer) and the 2012 comedy-drama Moonrise Kingdom (directed by Wes Anderson). Moonrise Kingdom is classic Anderson, a carefully cultivated cornucopia of kitsch that unwinds into a surreal coming-of-age […]

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Review: Journeys of Faith edited by Robert Plummer

January 21, 2013

Journeys of Faith is both an exciting and a frustrating book. Exciting, because it furthers robust ecumenical dialogue; frustrating, because it still only explored limited perspectives. The book is a series of personal essays that recount each author’s move from one particular stream of Christianity to another: Wilbur Ellsworth tells of his migration from Baptist […]

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On Guns

January 17, 2013

Guns, gun control, gun rights — these are hot topics these days, and rightly so. They’re complex social and political issues and the rhetoric on both sides is often off-putting and entirely unhelpful. As with abortion, arguing about the extreme ends of the issue does little to address the enormity of the problem in the […]

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Review: Evolution’s Purpose by Steve McIntosh

January 15, 2013

Evolution’s Purpose: An Integral Interpretation of the Scientific Story of Our Origins by Steve McIntosh is a heady brew of science and philosophy. This isn’t a quick-and-easy guide for practical spiritual growth. Rather, it’s a dense and thorough explication of an integrative understanding of evolution. For McIntosh, evolution is not a strictly scientific, materialistic subject; […]

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Steve Chalke is Wrong About Junia (but right about some other things)

January 15, 2013

Steve Chalke — the so-called “Billy Graham of England” — recently came out in support of same-sex marriage. This is huge news. It is exciting news. It is hopeful news. Chalke wrote an article for Christianity magazine espousing his views — you can read the short version of his article here and the longer version […]

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Some thoughts on Sola Scriptura

January 14, 2013
Sola Scriptura

In my post “The Bible Alone” I offered a definition of sola scriptura as “the belief that the Bible alone is the final and infallible authority in matters of Christian faith and that tradition, reason and emotions, though important, must ultimately be evaluated in light of Scripture.” I later deleted the words “and infallible” from […]

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Review: The Enoch Factor by Steve McSwain

January 13, 2013

Steve McSwain’s book, The Enoch Factor, is about knowing and walking with God, not in the sense of gaining theological knowledge about God, but rather about knowing him in terms of true “intimacy and inspiration.” This isn’t the “personal relationship” of evangelicalism, it’s the spiritual experience of progressive Christian spirituality. It’s about discovering a connection […]

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