An Evanjellicle Shares His Faith

  05/07/17 , by Dissidens, Categories: Evangelical culture

We [Americans] like big, we like loud, and we like showy. We are an entertainment-addicted people, and so long as there is an appetite for spiritual things in us, we will prefer our spirituality mixed with spectacle. 

---Jared Wilson

And here is probably a most unfortunate thing for people whose God is invisible, inscrutable and ineffable.


Still Playing With Words

  05/03/17 , by Dissidens, Categories: Evangelical culture



Everything depends on what you mean by Gospel.



Evanjellicle Journalism

  03/10/17 , by Dissidens, Categories: Evangelical culture



Joe Carter makes a fool of himself regularly on TGC website, and he does so in his official capacity as an “editor”.

In this first of a series of nonsense posts, Carter tries to explain what TGC is doing. Obviously there is a felt need for this explanation. A careful reader will be amused to learn what it is Joe thinks TGC is doing.

You really ought to read it. (An interesting exchange between Joe Carter and Phillip Johnson follows.)

It is a pretty common thing, I think, for serious Christians just to laugh off TGC with a crack like, “Well what did you expect? they’re Evanjellicles!”. In this case I think it is worth a double-take: this is what a TGC spokesman admits to.

I also think we can be entertained by Carter’s views on fake journalism.

I leave you to reflect on this admission:


“My role as an explanatory journalist is to ‘make complicated things clear, quickly’ by reinserting some of the missing context. Again, this doesn’t take any unique skill. I’m able to do this not because of my own specialized knowledge but merely because I have the time, willingness, and patience to dig through a backlog of material to put together a few key details that might be useful to a casual consumer of news.”


I agree that what Carter does takes no unique skill—and he demonstrates none.

I agree that he has no specialized knowledge; in fact, I would say that fact is glaringly obvious and needn’t have been mentioned.

I agree that all he brings to his work is time, willingness and patience to dig through selected material to put his english on whatever pop nonsense blows across his desk.

Ask yourselves, during the course of the next few pieces, Is it is a good thing that Evanjellicles want this?

Do we need mediocre intellects offering banal explanations of the obvious to “casual consumers of news”?


Also Not a Fruit of the Spirit

  02/08/17 , by Dissidens, Categories: Evangelical culture


It remains to be explained how Bible-reading people can talk such nonsense in public.

It also remains to be seen how long clowns like Tim Keller, Bill Hybels, Joel Hunter, Leith Anderson, and Daniel Akin will remain celebrities in good standing with American Christians.

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Being Stupid Is Not a Gift of the Spirit

  01/20/17 , by Dissidens, Categories: Evangelical culture

And this is what happens when Evangelicals don’t shut up.

If only they’d followed my earlier advice and kept their traps shut.

(And this linked on the same Evanjellicle site that fawned all over Martin Luther King, Jr.)


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