Evangelicalism Archive

How to Cure that Nasty Cognitive Dissonance Problem

Cognitive dissonance is that uneasy realization that the world you want and the world you have are two different things. Many people (I include myself in this) find a solution in dissonance reduction, that is, rather than merely accepting the new reality, they look for another way to keep as much of the old

Challenging the Violent Bible

My first article at On Faith ("Let There Be Violence?") is up. The piece looks at responses to violence in the Bible. Any cursory reading of the Old Testament, for example, turns up several troubling stories, which I mention in the article. There are, of course, several responses to these stories, but in this

3 for Thursday: 3 Reasons World Vision’s Reversal is Nonsense

By now you’ve heard that World Vision U.S. has changed their policy to welcome married gay employ—wait, wait—ok, actually, no, they’re not going to do that, because it turns out they’re conservative, inerrantist evangelicals and always have been and they just forgot that for a second.

3 for Thursday: 3 Recent Studies on Religion

We are less than three months into the new year and there are already several interesting studies of religion worth discussing. In case you missed these---perhaps due to the unending snow shoveling---I decided to bring three of them to you below.

The Scopes Monkey Trial Revived at Bryan College

It's a story making its way around the internet at the moment, Bryan College of Dayton, Tennessee is returning to its fundamentalist roots and obligating professors to sign a creationist statement.

Where Creationism Goes Wrong

If you’re not a creationist, the temptation might be to finish the title of this post with “on everything.” So go ahead. Say it aloud and you’ll probably feel better. In my recent article, “‘There is a book,’ but Ken Ham has no idea how to read it,” at Toledo Faith & Values (our

Beyond the Us-Versus-Them Narrative: A Review of The Undivided Past

In David Cannadine's "The Undivided Past: Humanity Beyond Our Differences," we discover a hopeful narrative which sees cooperation as the defining message of human history.

Why Religion Eventually Leads to Secularity: A Review of Big Gods

"Secular societies climbed the ladder of religion, and then kicked it away," says Ara Norenzayan in Big Gods: How Religion Transformed Cooperation and Conflict. Security breeds secularity. "There are indications that some societies with strong institutions and material well-being may have passed a threshold, no longer needing religion to sustain large-scale cooperation."
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