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Month: April 2016

Ten Ways Your Kids’ Christian Faith Is Under (Im)Moral Attack, and What You Can Do About It

Ten Ways Your Kids’ Christian Faith Is Under (Im)Moral Attack, and What You Can Do About It

This is serious. The lions are metaphorical. Depending on where in the world you’re reading this, you’re probably not at threat for your life. But your Christian faith is certainly under attack. And your kids’ Christian faith is under even harsher attack. It’s being attacked in ways you never even imagined when you were growing up. Believe me? If you’ve got kids (or students to teach) age 10 or 12 and up, ask them whether any of these gay-rights slogans seem to…

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“Hate Is Not a Family Value!” — Christian Faith Under (Im)Moral Attack, Part Ten

“Hate Is Not a Family Value!” — Christian Faith Under (Im)Moral Attack, Part Ten

Challenge Number Ten: “Hate Is Not a Family Value! (Last in a series of ten,  from my new book Critical Conversations!) Have you seen this slogan — on a bumper sticker, or a billboard, or someone’s t-shirt maybe? The answer to this one is considerably less involved than others in this series, even though the rest of them  haven’t been all that complicated either. But this one needs only one word to answer it: “Yup.” Or, to extend the philosophical, social and cultural…

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“You’re a Bigot!” — Christian Faith Under (Im)Moral Attack, Part Nine

“You’re a Bigot!” — Christian Faith Under (Im)Moral Attack, Part Nine

Challenge Number Nine: “You’re a bigot!” (Ninth in a series of ten, from my new book Critical Conversations!) I know some Christians can be bigoted. I’m sure I am some times. I can’t claim to be perfectly free of that error. But this charge isn’t directed toward my behavior in off moments. It’s global. It’s about all of me, and all of you, too, if you feel any hesitancy toward gay rights or the gay activist movement. Only bigots have any doubts about gay rights,…

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“You’re Anti-Gay Just Like You’re Anti-Everything Else!” — Christian Faith Under (Im)Moral Attack, Part Eight

“You’re Anti-Gay Just Like You’re Anti-Everything Else!” — Christian Faith Under (Im)Moral Attack, Part Eight

Challenge Number Eight: “Anti-this, anti-that, you’re just anti-gay!” (Eighth in a series of ten, from my new book Critical Conversations!) This one often comes in a form like: “You Christians are against sex, against choice, against equality — you just like to be against things. Your beef with LGBT is just more of the same: you’re anti-gay because being ‘anti-‘ is what Christians do best!” This is a distorted view. Sure, Christianity stands against a lot of things. But Christianity is a positive answer, not a negative…

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“How Could You Be So Opposed To Marriage Equality?!” — Christian Faith Under (Im)Moral Attack, Part Seven

“How Could You Be So Opposed To Marriage Equality?!” — Christian Faith Under (Im)Moral Attack, Part Seven

Challenge Number Seven: “What’s wrong with you people, that you could be so opposed to marriage equality?!” (Seventh in a series of ten, from my new book Critical Conversations!) More than any other slogan, it was “Marriage Equality” that carried the day for gay marriage in the United States. Christians still carry the stigma of having stood against equality — the modern Western virtue above all other virtues. Which is ironic, because everyone believes in marriage in equality, and no one believes in marriage equality….

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“You Think Your Morality Is So Perfect!” — Christian Faith Under (Im)Moral Attack, Part Six

“You Think Your Morality Is So Perfect!” — Christian Faith Under (Im)Moral Attack, Part Six

Challenge Number Six: “You think your morality is so perfect!” (Sixth in a series of ten, from my new book Critical Conversations!) Smug religionism is ugly. There’s no denying that. Jesus spent loads of time combatting it. That might have been the one thing he did above all else that got him in trouble with the authorities, and ultimately killed on the cross. Smug irreligion isn’t much better, though, and since I wrote on this topic in Critical Conversations last year, secular moral superiority has gone…

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“Keep Your Beliefs Out of Our Bedrooms!” — Christian Faith Under (Im)Moral Attack, Part Five

“Keep Your Beliefs Out of Our Bedrooms!” — Christian Faith Under (Im)Moral Attack, Part Five

Challenge Number Five: “Keep Your Beliefs Out of Our Bedrooms!” (Fifth in a series of ten, from my new book Critical Conversations!) Short answer: Fine. We’re quite content to keep out of your bedrooms. We’re not content to ignore public policy, though. I’m only doing 10 out of 27 topics of this sort from Critical Conversations, and I might have passed this one by if not for a supremely silly story at MSNBC.com yesterday. I’m not going to link to it, because the story is patently distorted:…

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“You’re Intolerant!” — Christian Faith Under (Im)Moral Attack, Part Four

“You’re Intolerant!” — Christian Faith Under (Im)Moral Attack, Part Four

Challenge Number Four: “Why are you so intolerant?!” (Fourth in a series of ten, from my new book Critical Conversations!) Tolerance used to mean accepting other people’s right to be who they are and believe what they believe. Frequently now, though, it means considering their opinions and values to be just as valid, good, and true as our own. That’s impossible—not just for Christians, but for everybody. Those of us who get accused of intolerance have trouble seeing how this isn’t obvious. If…

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“You’re on the Wrong Side of History!” — — Christian Faith Under (Im)Moral Attack, Part Three

“You’re on the Wrong Side of History!” — — Christian Faith Under (Im)Moral Attack, Part Three

Challenge Number Three: “You’re on the wrong side of history — gay rights is an idea whose time has come.” (Third in a series of ten, from my new book Critical Conversations!) Time keeps marching on. Science and technology move forward. Does that mean everything progresses over time? No. Today’s poets and playwrights haven’t exactly progressed beyond Aeschylus and Sophocles the way our physicists have advanced beyond Archimedes and Aristotle (speaking of Aristotle strictly as a physicist, that is.) Even “scientific” progress sometimes turns…

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