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
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
A few things online that caught my attention this week: “Emmett Till was my George Floyd” The “Judeo-Christian tradition” never existed Does this also apply to historians? When the first women voters registered to vote… Reading and civic culture Demon sperm in historical context John Inazu on religious liberty and churches during the pandemic John … Continue reading Sunday night odds and ends
There are many white evangelicals out there who do not want to vote for Donald Trump, but they also refuse to vote for Joe Biden because they are worried about Supreme Court justices, abortion, and religious liberty. I know these people exist because they e-mail and message me regularly–almost every day. At some point between … Continue reading On Joe Biden’s Evangelical Outreach
Please consider Byron and Beth Borger at Hearts & Minds Bookstore for all of your reading needs during the coronavirus outbreak and beyond. Hearts & Minds is especially strong in theology, biblical studies, church history, and Christian perspectives on social issues and culture. I just got a big box from Byron on Thursday. I bought … Continue reading Need Something to Read During Your Self-Quarantine? Check Out Hearts & Minds Bookstore
Listen to this recent conversation with Eric Metaxas and Robert Jeffress, two leading court evangelicals. Jeffress is pushing his new book Courageous: 10 Strategies for Thriving in a Hostile World. After listening to this interview, it is unclear whether Jeffress’s book is about showing courage in the midst of warfare against sin and evil or showing courage … Continue reading Robert Jeffress suggests that Tim Keller is a “wimpy Christian” who has “cloaked” his “cowardice in theology”
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?”
Thanks to everyone who offered words of encouragement and support in the wake of yesterday’s post on my refusal to become numb to the daily immorality emanating from the White House. This was the closest thing we get at The Way of Improvement Leads Home to a viral post. A lot of people hated the … Continue reading Evangelicals Need a New Political Playbook
Here are the most popular posts of the last week at The Way of Improvement Leads Home: White Christians Lynching Black Pastors Jerry Falwell Jr. Represents Everything Wrong With Evangelical Christianity Right Now Another Christian College is Closing its Doors The Problem With the “Reluctant” Trump Voter: A Response to Andrew Walker’s National Review Essay What is … Continue reading Most Popular Posts of the Last Week
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”
Yesterday Utah congressman Chris Stewart introduced the Fairness for All Act. The bill would protect LGBTQ rights and religious liberty. Fairness for All has the support of the Church of Latter Saints, the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, and the National Association of Evangelicals. Unlike the Equality Act, Fairness for All provides exemptions for … Continue reading What is the Fairness for All Act?
A few things online that caught my attention this week: Jon McNaughton: Trump’s court artist Some minor controversy at The Kings College Did Jefferson write the Declaration of Independence? Wilfred McClay on loyalty John Inazu on tax exemptions for religious institutions Evangelicals arguing about David and Bathsheba Italians and whiteness Kate Bowler on the preacher’s … Continue reading Sunday Night Odds and Ends
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
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
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?