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We’re Accelerating Toward Persecution. Hold On To Joy!

We’re Accelerating Toward Persecution. Hold On To Joy!

With this post I will (at last) echo some of my own writing at The Stream here at Thinking Christian. If there’s a tipping point coming soon for Christians in America to experience real persecution, we’ve just moved a lot closer to it this week. I’m not trying to predict the future, and I’d be glad to be totally wrong. But it seems possible that one day we’ll look back at Charlottesville as the hinge it all turned upon…. All of this is completely startling…

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George Yancey: “Hostile Environment: Understanding and Responding to Anti-Christian Bias”

George Yancey: “Hostile Environment: Understanding and Responding to Anti-Christian Bias”

Book Review Some time ago I reviewed the book So Many Christians, So Few Lions, sociologist George Yancey’s academic report on anti-Christian hostility in the United States. Having had some social science training I found it fascinating. Since then Dr. Yancey has released a follow-up for the rest of us: Hostile Environment: Understanding and Responding to Anti-Christian Bias. Plenty of books have been written about increasing anti-Christian hostility in the United States. Most are based in anecdotal information, lending themselves…

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Is There Christianophobia in the United States?

Is There Christianophobia in the United States?

Is there Christianophobia in the United States? According to recent sociological research, yes, in some circles there is virulent anti-Christian animosity. How widespread is it? We don’t really know. Does that mean it’s trivial, or even a paranoid persecution-complex figment of Christians’ imagination? Not at all, because of the unique demographics of anti-Christian hostility. Where does this information come from? George Yancey’s recent book, So Many Christians, So Few Lions: Is There Christianophobia in the United States?, which I reviewed…

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Must-See Movie Opens March 21: God’s Not Dead | Ratio Christi

Must-See Movie Opens March 21: God’s Not Dead | Ratio Christi

From the Ratio Christi website: Must-See Movie Opens March 21: God’s Not Dead | Ratio Christi: “Must-See Movie Opens March 21: God’s Not Dead ” I saw the movie in a pre-screening several weeks ago, and I can only tell you that it’s very, very good. I recommend it highly. I’ve been asked whether it resorts to cheap or cheesy plot manipulations, and whether the circumstances portrayed in the trailer are realistic. I’ve addressed both of those questions in a…

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Atheist Bullying: Three Perspectives for Christians

Atheist Bullying: Three Perspectives for Christians

Anti-Christian, atheist bullying has been a roiling American undertow whose waves are surfacing ever more often into plain view. Mikey Weinstein is belligerently beating up on the world’s most powerful military, some of whose leaders (not all of them!) are yelling “Dive and hide!” when he speaks a word to them. Jerry Coyne and others of his ilk are trying to swamp a fellow professor’s boat — that of Ball State’s Eric Hedin — because he dared to teach something…

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Leadership for Post-Comfortable Christianity

Leadership for Post-Comfortable Christianity

Some writers have described America as moving into a post-Christian era; others have spoken of religious persecution. There is truth in both views. There are large and influential segments within our country that consider Christianity a culturally interesting but otherwise irrelevant vestige. There are pockets of persecution, and some genuine threats to religious freedom in America. But Christianity remains too vibrant here for America to be truly post-Christian after the European model. And although persecution is on the increase—and for…

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Post-Comfortable Christianity

Post-Comfortable Christianity

My November Worldview and You column at BreakPoint: Post-Comfortable Christianity: We stand at a turning point. Some Christian thinkers have described this month’s elections as symbolizing America’s decisive turn into post-Christianity. Respectfully I disagree, though my assessment is no less somber…. I’m describing this new phenomenon as “post-comfortable Christianity.” I’ve tried to come up with another name for it with more zing; I’d be gratified, after all, if I could coin a new term that would catch on widely. I…

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How Prepared Are You?

How Prepared Are You?

As I said at the close of my last post, the reason I chose homosexuality as a topic for discussion is because it’s the most glaring example of our unpreparedness. It is a very difficult topic. It is also impossible to ignore. We have to deal with it, but we cannot deal with it well unless we (pardon the repetition) learn to deal with it well. Our position and reasoning cannot be explained in sound bites. The ideas don’t sit…

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