Slavery, Segregation and Biblical Literalism

Slavery, Segregation and Biblical Literalism September 17, 2013 By Fred Clark  In his review of Carolyn Dupont’s Mississippi Praying, a history of white evangelical support for segregation, John Turner arrives at Dupont’s unavoidable conclusion and balks a bit: “While I agree with Dupont that one cannot simply blame a ‘culture’ while absolving a ‘theology’ … I hesitate to label…

Three Strikes Against White Evangelical Theology

Three Strikes Against White Evangelical Theology By Fred Clark (Published September 16, 2013) I’ve only read John Turner’s reviews and not the book itself, but Carolyn Dupont’s history, Mississippi Praying: Southern White Evangelicals and the Civil Rights Movement, 1945-1975, seems to revisit the same theological conflict Mark Noll traced in The Civil War as a Theological Crisis. And, according to Turner, Dupont…

Beyond Coal: Divest and Reinvest Now

Beyond Coal Recently, I joined the Beyond Coal Movement sponsored by the Sierra Club. This movement challenges our dependency on coal and awakens us to the direct link between carbon pollution and climate change. Climate change is a moral issue. What happens when we value people (human life) over profit (money)? A recent World Bank…

Kabir Quotes

“Are you looking for me?  I am in the next seat. My shoulder is against yours. you will not find me in the stupas,  not in Indian shrine rooms,  nor in synagogues,  nor in cathedrals: not in masses,  nor kirtans,  not in legs winding around your own neck,  nor in eating nothing but vegetables. When…

James Baldwin Quotes

If the concept of God has any validity or any use, it can only be to make us larger, freer, and more loving. If God cannot do this, then it is time we got rid of Him. ― James Baldwin I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason,…