Scholars have long debated the precise etymology of the word “Protestant.” While some have promoted the widely held view that it originated from its root word “protest,” others have advocated that the term is more properly translated as “proclaim.” Regardless of the initial meaning, the term Protestant throughout history has most certainly been synonymous with those who are unwilling to back down from a good… [more]
Love isn’t easy in the digital age and, apparently, neither is responding to criticism. Last week, Vanity Fair ran a piece by Nancy Jo Sales on “Tinder and the Dating Apocalypse,” the contents of which provoked the Tinder Twitter account into an “emotional meltdown” that ranged from accusations of shoddy journalism to invoking North Korean users as legitimation of its services. Although the title of the article… [more]
Anyone who follows Stephen Colbert as closely as we do won’t be surprised by the religious tenor of his recent interview with GQ, in advance of his Sept. 8 debut on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. The piece covers Colbert’s preparations for the new gig and the evolution of his comic persona, which leads to some provocative observations about the nature of suffering. Colbert discusses most of this in the context of the death of… [more]
It’s been a summer of suspiciously published books by iconic authors. First came the release of Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman amidst debate over her level of involvement. That was followed by What Pet Should I Get?, a long-completed but never-published book by the late Theodor Geisel – aka Dr. Seuss. Is the belated release of Seuss' work a capstone on his career or a besmirching of a literary legacy? I’ll leave that… [more]
Amnesty International, a global human-rights organization that works to protect people from various forms of injustice and violence, has recently made the controversial decision to support the decriminalization of prostitution. The effect of this is profound, as it will shape how Amnesty lobbies on the issue around the world. So what exactly is decriminalization? And why is the response to Amnesty’s decision so polarizing? In… [more]
Rectify is the best show on television you’re likely not watching. Showing on the largely unknown Sundance Channel and plotted at a pace that can generously be called “meditative,” Rectify has never built a large following. Which is a shame, because Rectify picks up the torch from Mad Men in terms of offering some of the most empathetic, honest and truly human character development on television. The show is about Daniel… [more]
As I lay snuggled under our gender-neutral down comforter the other night, I pondered Target’s plan to remove gender labels for its toys and bedding alongside a Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood blog post expressing dismay over the decision. I wondered where in the Bible it says that boys should have “their” toy guns and plaid bedding clearly identified for them, as that post implies. As my mind wandered, I imagined… [more]
If public opinion is any indication, we could have our first atheist president in a few years. Some 50 years ago, only 18 percent of Americans would vote for an atheist. But according to a June Gallup poll, that number has increased to 58 percent. (For comparison, 73 percent said they would vote for an evangelical Christian.) Some find this troubling because they don't think God would want them to vote for an unbeliever. Wouldn't… [more]
“When the reader hears strong echoes of his or her own life and beliefs, he or she is apt to become more invested in the story.” That line, taken from Stephen King’s On Writing, is a timeless truth that applies equally well to nearly every form of storytelling. But it is also a potentially dangerous truth when applied to the story of the Bible, authored by God Himself. Such is the inherent struggle demonstrated by the Parallel… [more]
"Company manners" is that set of cultural armor black people don as protection against racism. The breastplate is made of “Yes, ma’am” and “Yes, sir.” The shield is comprised of smiles and tips of the hat. The armor goes on in the presence of a person whose trustworthiness is questionable. In Harper Lee’s newly released novel, Go Set a Watchman, the irrepressible Jean Louise… [more]
Marie Griffith: Too many well-meaning Christian leaders talk about our happiness. How to get happy, stay happy, and put away sadness. As Christ followers our trials ... every painful moment ... allow us to experience God in a deeper way.
Steve V: I pray more Christians can mourn for the injustice that leads to the induced loss of life, and fight for better economic conditions for the poor, fight for better access to birth control, fight to keep families together, fight for better healthcare options for EVERYONE, etc.
Bonnie NIcholas: After doing some studying at the Dominican Center last year, I’ve come to the conclusion that some are called to a special kind of separation from the world.
Dawn: Symbolic, simple, serene, surrounded by their community.
gailvrice: I’ve been sickened by the statements of those who characterize the massacre as an attack on Christians and religious freedom, who I suspect do not want to talk about or work to remedy the evils of racism.
AlexBersin: I don’t think either Caitlyn or Rachel identify as they do because they feel dissatisfied with their existence, but rather, because they feel they don’t fit into the mold prescribed for them.