Flotsam and jetsam (3/29)
So there is a sense in which the Christian faith is both conservative and progressive, and another sense in which it is neither. The Christian faith is inescapably political, but must not allow itself to be coopted by secular and unbelieving partisanship. But to reject partisanship is to reject compromises with secularists who want to hook up with an evangelical voting block.
- Rachel Held Evans comments on the future of evangelicalism from the perspective of a twenty-something.
I grew up in evangelicalism, spent most of my twenties arguing with it, and as I approach my 30th birthday, am ready to rebuild and move forward in my faith. While I can’t address these questions on behalf of all young evangelicals, I can speak from my own perspective, which I suspect is fairly common.
- Chaplin Mike argues that Christians are addicted to answers.
Christians are addicted to “answers.” For some reason, we think the ultimate favor we can do for the world is to explain the ways of God.
- Stuart offers a nice summary of the buzz surrounding the discovery of biblical scrolls and lead codices, possibly dating to the 1st century. And James McGrath has a nice roundup of links.
- You can win a copy of the Common English Bible over at Near Emmaus.
- “Of the 5.9 million brackets filled out in the ESPN Tournament Challenge, only two accurately predicted the Final Four (Butler, Virginia Commonwealth, Connecticut and Kentucky).” (HT)
- And, here’s a list of the 15 best James Bond deaths.