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Must read: On Cage Fighting, “Masculinity, Misogyny, and the Fear of Losing Control”

Must read: On Cage Fighting, “Masculinity, Misogyny, and the Fear of Losing Control”

Christian and former cage fighter Matt Morin has a fantastic article on mixed martial arts (or MMA, the technical title for cage fighting) and its implications for thinking about masculinity from a Christian perspective. It’s a brilliant and thorough takedown of Mark Driscoll.

by × July 2, 2011 × 4 comments

Why is Ann Voskamp’s “mysticism” a problem?

Since I started questioning my religious upbringing, I’ve been increasingly aware of how incredibly narrow and anomalous fundamentalist and reformed evangelical understandings of Christianity are from a historical perspective. The kerfuffle over Ann Voskamp’s book is a perfect example of this; some reformed evangelicals claim it promotes a dangerous, heretical, […]

by × April 2, 2011 × 3 comments

Mark Driscoll is not God

Trigger warning for the video in particular – emotional/psychological abuse. Mark Driscoll is at it again, making pronouncements from on high about who’s going to be damned to hell. There’s a lot that’s wrong here. He’s claiming yet again that a version of Christianity that teaches that the vast majority […]

by × March 29, 2011 × 38 comments
Rob Bell and the “heresy” of a loving God

Rob Bell and the “heresy” of a loving God

Religious fundamentalism is dangerous because it cannot accept ambiguity and diversity and is therefore inherently intolerant. Such intolerance, in the name of virtue, is ruthless and uses political power to destroy what it cannot convert. It is dangerous, especially in America, because it is anti-democratic and is suspicious of “the […]

by × March 3, 2011 × 24 comments

Substitutionary atonement is not forgiveness

Unreasonable Faith has a good post by Sola Ratione on how little sense it makes to claim Jesus’s crucifixion is some kind of “forgiveness” for sins. It reminded me of this video by NonStampCollector: It also reminded me of a realization I had the Easter before I finally accepted that […]

by × February 12, 2011 × 5 comments

Jesus’s ministry vs. church ministry

Just a quick thought – I was just reading this article Mark Driscoll tweeted about how Acts 29, his church planting network, fared in the last calendar year: “4000 saved and 133 new churches.” 2010 was Acts 29’s “biggest year yet” after “an explosion of growth over the last five […]

by × February 8, 2011 × 15 comments

Mark Driscoll: If you don’t believe in hell, you’re going there

Speaking of belief in hell, I found this little gem at Jesus Needs New PR (full transcript at the end of this post): Where to start. The whole “you must accept Jesus or you will BURN IN HELL” thing is abusive theology that preaches a tyrannical and capricious God. Driscoll […]

by × January 29, 2011 × 31 comments

Rethinking sex ed, pt. 2

Part 1 Most of the things I was taught about sex were lies, many of them deliberate.  Withholding information about sex and sexuality was seen as a virtue.  It was unquestioned orthodoxy that good Christians stay as far away from sexual expression as possible before marriage (after all, “purity is […]

by × January 5, 2011 × 4 comments

Strange priorities

Newsweek recently profiled Brian Brown, the president of the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage.  The article presents a very sanitized picture of Brown and his work; it gives the impression that he’s some sort of moderate homophobe, not as hateful or prejudiced as the other guys.  As Jeremy Hooper of […]

by × November 27, 2010 × 3 comments