Confident Pluralism, Princeton Seminary, and Tim Keller

John Inazu, a law professor at Washington University and the author of Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving Among Deep Differences, has weighed in on Princeton Theological Seminary’s decision to rescind the Kuyper Prize from evangelical Presbyterian minister Tim Keller.  Get some background on this story here. Inazu raises some interesting questions in his post at the website … Continue reading Confident Pluralism, Princeton Seminary, and Tim Keller

Confident Pluralism

I have been reading Washington University law professor John D. Inazu‘s challenging and refreshing book Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving through Deep Difference (University of Chicago Press, 2016).   Here is a passage from the Introduction that really hit me between the eyes: Wellesley College, an all-women’s school, now confronts internal challenges around its growing transgender student population. … Continue reading Confident Pluralism

Confident Pluralism

I am looking forward to reading and possibly reviewing John Inazu‘s new book, Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving Through Deep Difference (University of Chicago Press, 2016). If Inazu’s argument in the book is anything like his recent piece with Tim Keller at the Christianity Today website, I think I am going to enjoy it. Here is … Continue reading Confident Pluralism

Confident Pluralism

Portland, Oregon How do we live with one another despite our deepest differences? Over at The Hedgehog Review, Washington University law professor John Inazu introduces us to “confident pluralism.”  He writes:Confident pluralism insists [that] our shared existence is not only possible, but necessary. Instead of the elusive goal of E pluribus unum (“Out of many, one”), confident pluralism suggests … Continue reading Confident Pluralism

What Happens When a Culture Warrior and a Confident Pluralist Exchange Tweets About Trump’s Border Wall?

Last week I did a post on evangelical theologian Wayne Grudem’s biblical defense of Donald Trump’s border wall. Here is what a couple of smart people tweeted about Grudem’s defense of the wall: I admire much of Wayne Grudem’s work. But this is crass politicization of biblical interpretation. It helps confirm secular critics’ worst caricatures … Continue reading What Happens When a Culture Warrior and a Confident Pluralist Exchange Tweets About Trump’s Border Wall?

Christian Political Engagement in the Age of Trump

As some of you know, I spent the last couple of days in Regina, Saskatchewan.  The Canadian Society of Church History (CSCH)  invited me to deliver the keynote address at its annual conference.  (Thanks for everything Stuart Barnard!).  The collegial historians associated with the CSCH made me feel very welcome and I thoroughly enjoyed getting … Continue reading Christian Political Engagement in the Age of Trump

What Looms on the Horizon for Christian Colleges?

Over at First Things, church historian Carl Trueman argues that Christian colleges need to prepare financially for a bleak future in a post-Christian age.  He writes: The specific point of conflict is likely to be (once again) Title IX legislation that prohibits sexual discrimination at any institution of higher education receiving federal funding. The law does … Continue reading What Looms on the Horizon for Christian Colleges?

Answering “Secular Purism” With “Religious Purism”

Alternative title for this post: “The heroes of Rod’s book are almost all monks.” David Brooks has reviewed Rod Dreher’s The Benedict Option.  Here is a taste: Rod is pre-emptively surrendering when in fact some practical accommodation is entirely possible. Most Americans are not hellbent on destroying religious institutions. If anything they are spiritually hungry … Continue reading Answering “Secular Purism” With “Religious Purism”

The Benedict Option and Christian “Persecution” in America

Are American Christians being persecuted for their faith?  I am not sure persecution is the right word.  No one is coming into the homes of Christians with weapons threatening to kill them if they do not publicly denounce their faith. But if this was happening, wouldn’t it be a good thing? Didn’t Jesus say “Blessed … Continue reading The Benedict Option and Christian “Persecution” in America

Religious Leaders Oppose California Senate Bill 1146

Christianity Today’s website has published a statement, signed by Christian, Muslim, and Jewish leaders, opposing a bill sitting before the California State Senate that will essentially punish religious colleges that uphold traditional views of human sexuality. Here is the statement, in full: The California Assembly has proposed legislation that is harmful to the free exercise … Continue reading Religious Leaders Oppose California Senate Bill 1146

What Would It Take for Anti-Trump Evangelicals to Vote for Hillary Clinton?

A lot. Some evangelicals will never vote for Hillary Clinton.  She is connected to Barack Obama. She supports a women’s right to choose.  She promises to appoint Supreme Court justices that will undermine religious liberty. She is married to Bill Clinton, a man who cheated on her in the White House and was impeached.  She … Continue reading What Would It Take for Anti-Trump Evangelicals to Vote for Hillary Clinton?

In Case You Missed What Obama Said at the Islamic Center of Baltimore

He penned an op-ed for Religion News Service.  I think this may be one of those primary source documents that will soon be assigned in American religious history courses.  It also may be another reason why some of us will miss Obama. By the way, when Obama says that the founders defended religious liberty, but … Continue reading In Case You Missed What Obama Said at the Islamic Center of Baltimore