Inazu is the Sally D. Danforth Distinguished Professor of Law & Religion at Washington University Law School. He is the author of Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving Through Deep Difference. That book was published two years ago and Inazu continues to believe in his thesis. Here is a taste of his recent piece at Christianity Today: The … Continue reading John Inazu Still Believes in Confident Pluralism
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
In his March 2017 Christianity Today cover story, conservative writer Rod Dreher introduces evangelicals to “The Benedict Option.” I like Dreher’s published works. I read his book Crunchy Cons at a time in my intellectual journey when I was also reading a lot of Wendell Berry, Christopher Lasch, and others writing about the importance of … Continue reading The “Benedict Option” Versus “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
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
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
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?
R.R. Reno, the editor of First Things magazine, recently wrote a piece titled “Keep the Churches Open.” Here is the first sentence: “Cancelling church services is the wrong response to the coronavirus pandemic.” Read it here. Historian and cultural critic Eric Miller recently e-mailed me with this response to Reno’s piece: “Which of your fellow … Continue reading “Which of your fellow parishioners, Mr. Reno, are you willing to expose to the virus?”
John Inazu is a professor of law and religion at Washington University in St. Louis and the author of Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving Through Deep Difference. Here is a taste of his recent piece at The Atlantic: What is a church to do in the time of the coronavirus pandemic? For many religious traditions, gathering … Continue reading John Inazu: “shutdown orders shouldn’t exempt religious gatherings, and those communities should comply”
Inazu teaches law at Washington University in St. Louis. He is the author of Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving Through Deep Difference and the forthcoming (with Tim Keller) Uncommon Ground: Living Faithfully in a World of Difference. Here is a taste of his recent piece at Christianity Today: First, pay more attention to your words. Stop saying you’re … Continue reading John Inazu’s Advice for White Evangelicals
Yesterday several readers sent me Andrew T. Walker‘s National Review essay, “Understanding Why Religious Conservatives Would Vote for Trump.” Walker teaches Christian Ethics at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville. Walker writes in a very irenic tone as he challenges Christian anti-Trumpers to work harder at understanding why so many evangelicals will once again vote … Continue reading The Problem With the “Reluctant” Trump Voter: A Response to Andrew Walker’s *National Review* Essay
Here is a taste of Elana Schor’s Associated Press piece “Democrats’ challenge: Courting evangelicals in the Trump era“: President Donald Trump’s strong white evangelical support poses a challenge to Democrats: how to connect with a group of Christian voters whose longtime GOP lean makes them compelling antagonists in a polarized era. Former President Barack … Continue reading How the Democratic Presidential Candidates Can Win Evangelical Votes
Eric Metaxas has once again turned to the op-ed page of The Wall Street Journal in defense of Donald Trump. (Some of you may recall his October 12, 2016 op-ed in which he said “God will not hold us guiltless” if we vote for anyone but Trump). Metaxas writes: The [Christianity Today] article cleared its throat—and conscience—by … Continue reading The Many Problems With Eric Metaxas’s “Christian Case for Trump”
I was on Fall Break this weekend and probably spent way too much time reading and watching the news, following the Values Voter Summit, and tweeting. With the exception of the beautiful central Pennsylvania weather, I leave the weekend pretty discouraged. First, there was Beto O’Rourke’s remarks about removing the tax exempt status from churches, … Continue reading Thoughts on a Discouraging Weekend
Here is a taste of the Wheaton College professor’s recent post at Christianity Today: I’m concerned with the clear and complete disregard around religious liberty. This term was used a few times, often with the phrase “so called” tacked on. Candidates would say they affirm religious liberty, but then describe exactly how they did not. Elizabeth Warren … Continue reading Ed Stetzer is Right About CNN’s Equality Town Hall
Beto O’Rourke went to high school at Woodberry Forest School in Virginia. He graduated from the boarding school in 1991. Woodberry Forest is an all-boys school. Like most schools, colleges, and universities, it is a non-profit organization with tax-exempt status. I have lectured on Woodberry’s beautiful campus, ate dinner in its dining hall, and spent … Continue reading What Does Beto O’Rourke Think About His High School Alma Mater?
Here is Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke on CNN last night: Every Democratic candidate for President of the United States should be asked this question. I have always appreciated Beto’s sense of conviction, but I hope he rethinks this one. His answer to Don Lemon shows a fundamental misunderstanding of religious liberty. In fact, this … Continue reading Beto O’Rourke: Churches and Religious Institutions Should Lose Tax-Exempt Status If They “Oppose Same Sex Marriage”
Universities like Duke claim to be bastions of free speech, inclusion, and pluralism, but they tend to define these commitments very narrowly. For example, the student government at Duke recently rejected Young Life‘s official status on campus because the Christian ministry supports traditional views on marriage and sexuality. Here is an article from the Duke … Continue reading Duke University Rejects Young Life
Court evangelical and fear-monger Franklin Graham obviously has the reigns at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA). The editors of Decision, the official magazine of the BGEA, recent published an article titled “How the White House has Strengthened Religious Liberty.” Here is a taste: The past 22 months have brought significant progress in restoring religious liberty in … Continue reading Billy Graham’s *Decision* Magazine Says Christians Will be “Open Targets” if Democrats Take Congress in 2018
The administration of the University of Iowa does not want a Christian student group called Business Leaders in Christ (BLinC) on campus because they do not permit LGBT students to hold leadership positions. After de-registering BLinC as an official student group, a federal judge temporarily re-instated the group. Over at Inside Higher Ed, Eboo Patel writes: … Continue reading What is Going on at the University of Iowa?