Month: April 2016

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

A lion in the coliseum represents the attack on your kids' Christian faith.

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 …

“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 …

“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 …

“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 …

“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 …

“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 …

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

Wrong side of history

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 …