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January 25, 2007

Rob Bell's "Sex God"

J. Spalding on February 1, 2007 12:33 PM EST writes:
JGR:

Huh? Astrid was raised in Baptist and other evangelical churches, and she graduated from an evangelical college, Wheaton. What you seem to struggle with is the possibility that someone could grow up evangelical, know and understand the faith at least as well as most evangelicals do, and still wind up concluding that much of it is warped.

It's more common than you think. For example, I edit this site, and I have a similar story. Like Astrid, I grew up in Baptist churches, and I graduated from an evangelical college, Eastern Nazarene. Ironically, the more seriously I took my faith and thought about the beliefs of my church, the more I realized those beliefs had little to do with Jesus.
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Tim on January 31, 2007 01:13 PM EST writes:
JGR,

An evangelical viewpoint sitting on someone's face? That's kind of erotic and oppressive at the same time. Talk about hip Puritan sex!
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JGR on January 31, 2007 01:59 AM EST writes:
An Episcopalian wouldn't understand an Evangelical's viewpoint if it sat on her face. I'm sick of people holding forth on how an Evangelical upbringing warps your sexuality. What's really warped is ecclesiasticals who analyze religions they have probably never even experienced firsthand.
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J. Spalding on January 29, 2007 07:31 PM EST writes:
Aw, I was hoping to learn more about 7th century rationalism!
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Julia M. on January 29, 2007 07:08 PM EST writes:
Elizabeth: Dude, you sound like soooo stoned. Aren't you at least gonna tell us where you scored the killer weed before you drip on down the road?
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elizabeth on January 29, 2007 06:14 PM EST writes:
what am i writing about?

I'm just commenting on this site.
As I scan articles, comments, etc. I feel like I'm slip sliding through dribble.
Sorry...it's kind of yucky, I won't be back...happy drippies..
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J. Spalding on January 29, 2007 12:07 PM EST writes:
Elizabeth: For those of us having trouble following you, are you saying that Astrid Storm's review of Rob Bell's book is some kind of "rationalistic" critique? If so, could you explain that? You know, in terms of the book review, and not so much in terms of your beef with 7th century rationalism.

Of course, you're welcome to attack 7th century rationalists here, if you'd like. But you might find the fight you're looking for at their website, not ours.
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elizabeth on January 29, 2007 12:13 AM EST writes:
bibs & diapers

rationality is a gift, the fact that you use it to soak up your intellectual dribble is a Godsend.
It would be embarrassing if you walked around with drool stains dripping down the front of your shirt. Really, I care about these things.
OR you could just let it go and hang out with those other guys who have fashioned God out of their minds and still live in the 7th century...




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Julia M. on January 27, 2007 05:10 PM EST writes:
"Bib of rationality"?

Elizabeth,

Ooops! Did you forget to wear your "diaper of irrationality"?

(And you might want to check on your friend, Glenn. I think he did a little stinky.)
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Glenn on January 27, 2007 04:17 PM EST writes:
Amen Elizabeth. Rationality is over rated. Was Jesus rational? No. Was Paul? The people who write this Web Site should be less intellectual and read their Bibles and pray more, then maybe they will say something worth hearing.
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elizabeth on January 27, 2007 01:13 PM EST writes:
this site

what a bunch of intellectual dribble.
glad you have your bib of rationality to catch the drool...
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Victor on January 26, 2007 06:09 PM EST writes:
I would have loved to get my hands on that book before it came out. You guys are fortunate, even if it didn't quite meet your standard.
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PK from PA on January 26, 2007 05:39 PM EST writes:
If people actually find this kind of superficial alternative to Evangelical christianity interesting or promising, then unfortunately it shows just how bankrupt Evangelical Christianity has become.

Why doesn't somone write a book that offers a really compelling spiritual approach to sexuality? Forget the cool posturing, just write about the subject in a way that doesn't insult our intelligence and reinforce stuffy old ideas.
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Shawna R. B. Atteberry on January 26, 2007 04:05 PM EST writes:
That's too bad, especially with the influence he has. Evangelicals need a healthy theology of sexuality, which we don't have. Too bad Bell is falling back on all the Puritan platitudes.
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