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Brandi Miller on Twitter: "Christianity lessens it’s capacity to survive because it often fails to take on the perspective of science/scientists that essentially say “We didn’t know then what we know now, so we must change who we are, what we do, th
Christianity lessens it’s capacity to survive because it often fails to take on the perspective of science/scientists that essentially say

“We didn’t know then what we know now, so we must change who we are, what we do, the questions we ask, and the conclusions we draw.”
christianity  faith  by:brandimiller  religion  bible  theology  evangelicalism 
12 weeks ago by dirtystylus
Grappling with a Truly Fully Human Jesus of Nazareth
Expecting the words of Jesus to settle the evolution issue shows an insufficient grappling with the implications of the incarnation. Actually, it betrays how uncomfortable and “irreverent” (to borrow C. S. Lewis’s description) a doctrine the incarnation is—ironically, including for Christians.

For Jesus to be fully human mean not abstractly “human” but a human of a particular sort, fully participating in the Judaism of the 1st century.

The incarnation leaves no room whatsoever for the idea that Jesus in any way kept his distance from participating in that particular humanity. That means, among other things, that Jesus was limited in knowledge along with everyone else at the time.

That may sound irreverent or offensive, but it is an implication of the incarnation. Jesus wasn’t an omniscient being giving the final word on the size of mustard seeds, mental illness, or cosmic and biological evolution. He was a 1st century Jew and he, therefore, thought like one.

Was he more than a 1st century Jew? Yes, I believe he was—and working that out is the stuff of 2000 years of Christian theology. But however “more than human” Jesus may be, and whatever we might mean by that, he was certainly not one micro-millimeter less than fully human—and that, as I’ve been saying, has all sorts of implications, including for the evolution discussion.
by:peteenns  bible  jesus  science  christianity  theology 
november 2019 by dirtystylus
White evangelicals love Trump and aren't confused about why. No one should be.
When Trump used the term “American carnage” in his inaugural address, evangelicals listened; they too, believed America is in decline. Their imagined powerlessness, and the need for a strong authoritarian leader to protect them, is at the root of their racial and social animus. Their persecution complex is a heady mix of their fear of “socialists,” Muslims, independent women, LGBT people and immigration. Their feelings of fragility, despite positions of power, make them vote for people like Donald Trump — and morally suspect candidates like Roy Moore. Rhetoric, not morality, drives their voting habits.
evangelicalism  evangelicals  by:antheabutler  religion  christianity  donaldtrump  politics  unitedstates 
september 2019 by dirtystylus
Why I Created a Chapel Service Where People Confess to Plants | Sojourners
Thinking of Richard Powers’ “The Overstory” with this passage:

When we confess to plants, to forests, to each tree, every meadow, to birds, fish, rocks, animals, rivers, and mountains, we repent, mourn and reconnect ourselves to a much larger web of life, made of people, animals, creatures, and ecosystems that we have lost, taken away from our common home.
christianity  environment  climatechange  religion 
september 2019 by dirtystylus
Why I’m reading Nyasha Junior | The Christian Century
If we want our biblical interpretation—and the way we live it out—to come into alignment with the fullness of who Christ is, we need new lenses.
books  nyashajunior  by:christenacleveland  blackness  theology  womanism  bible  christianity 
may 2019 by dirtystylus
The confirmation class that protested Methodist LGBTQ politics reveals the huge split within the church.
Their confirmation service was set to take place that day. But this year, the class made other plans: Together, the students wrote a statement rejecting their membership as an act of resistance. Two class members read it in front of the church. “While we love our congregation,” they said, as their parents and other members watched from the pews, “we believe the United Methodist policies on LGBTQ+ clergy and same-sex marriage are immoral.”
church  church:umc  christianity  children  lgbtq 
april 2019 by dirtystylus
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