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Catholic University Student Penalized For Referring To God As A Man

A student at the Catholic Loyola Marymount University was dismayed to find out her professor deducted points on her final paper because the student referred to God with the masculine pronoun “he.” The student, who decided to remain anonymous, was marked down by Professor Cecilia Gonzalez-Andrieu, a professor of theology and theological aesthetics. In a filled-out rubric, Gonzalez-Andrieu explained why…

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How ‘WitchTok’ Lets Kids Dabble In The Occult From Their Phones

Although lip-syncing, synchronized dancing, and comedic skits tend to catch the most attention on TikTok, another form of art is gaining popularity: witchcraft. Last month, the Washington Post even ran a feature piece taking readers “inside the life of a teenage witch,” “from spellcasting to podcasting.” The Wiccan organization Covenant of the Goddess defines witchcraft as “a magical religion with…

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For Christians, Dying From COVID (Or Anything Else) Is A Good Thing

Blaming people for contracting a catchy virus has been one of many widely deployed COVID manipulation tactics. That has shifted into blaming people for dying of a catchy virus after they decided their risks from taking the vaccines outweighed their risks from catching the disease. Shaming people for dying by accident is a bit twisted, but it might make sense…

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The Enneagram: Helpful Personality Tool Or False Theology?

Fad personality quizzes are a dime a dozen, usually harmless, and sometimes even helpful, but rarely do they find themselves so integrated into Christian circles as the enneagram has in recent years. For the uninitiated, the enneagram is one of those personality rubrics that categorizes people into nine different types, from the “reformer” type one to the “peacemaker” type nine.…

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As Christian Cold War Heats Up, The Faithful Are Equipping For Battle

Along with the rest of the country, American Christianity is in the middle of a cold war. As this war heats up, it will mean church splits, takeovers, fights over denominational resources, and other power struggles as the Donald Trump era has increasingly brought clarity and pushed people to choose sides on existential questions. The Southern Baptist Convention, the United…

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Say Trinity

Say Trinity and I don’t see the page of a catechism or a neatly drawn triangle composed of double-tipped arrows and I don’t see an egg with yolk white and shell or water as ice liquid and vapor, and if you say Trinity I don’t hear the doxology or a pastor baptizing in the name of Father Son and Spirit…

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The Other Review: Reconciliation Now, Reconciliation Forever

Aaron Griffith, God’s Law and Order: The Politics of Punishment in Evangelical America (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2020). Brenda Salter McNeil,Becoming Brave: Finding the Courage to Pursue Racial Justice Now (Ada, MI: Brazos Press, 2020). If one positive thing can be said for the Trump era, it is that his time in office yielded a slew of impressive books…

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What’s the Truth in the Story? An Interview with Randy Woodley

In their recent book Decolonizing Evangelicalism, Rev. Dr. Randy Woodley and Bo Sanders consider postcolonial theology in light of the disturbing White American evangelical support of former president Donald Trump. Despite that harrowing topic, the book manages to emphasize reconstruction as much as the deconstruction of long-held ideologies. There’s a sense of shalomto the writing, a hopefulness that can be…

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John Wayne, Jesus Christ, and the Question of Evangelicalism: An Interview with Kristin Kobes Du Mez

Kristin Kobes Du Mez, a professor of history at Calvin University, argues in in her latest book, Jesus and John Wayne,that white evangelicals have replaced Jesus with rugged individualists and nationalist icons of politics and popular culture. And in Donald Trump, she says they found one who fulfills those values. Du Mez shows how men of Trump’s ilk have enraptured…

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