Evangelicals take on the environment

April 25, 2007
The environment has seldom been pleased with evangelical Christians. Before it even got a chance to know them, Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, getting both themselves and the environment cursed as a result. Subsequent Christians have used the Bible to justify the exploitation and reckless consumption of their fallen companion. And »

Let homosexuals focus on the family

April 18, 2007
Over the past decade, evangelical Christianity has increasingly defined itself by opposition to homosexuality. This movement, headed by Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family, relies in large part on two “scientific” assertions: First, children do better when raised by a mother and father. Second, homosexuality is a moral choice, not something one is »

‘Evangelical’ doesn’t have to mean ‘pro-life’

April 11, 2007
“How could anyone vote for a Democrat?” My aunt, a fellow evangelical and a schoolteacher, recalled a conversation she had with her preschool pupils. “After all,” she informed them, “they support murdering babies.” Given the intense evangelical response to the bioethical quandary of abortion, you’d think the Bible unambiguously affirms a person’s full moral status »

Column: Evangelical Christian believes in evolution

March 28, 2007
“How can you be an ‘evangelical’ Christian and a biologist? Don’t evangelicals reject science? Don’t scientists believe in evolution?” I’m often asked these questions by curious friends, including those who share and those who reject my evangelical Christianity. “After all,” they remind me, “evangelicals believe the Bible is ‘God’s word,’ and the Bible says God »

COLUMN: Bible, say ‘hi’ to biology

February 21, 2007
I have a confession to make to the Yale community: I am an evangelical Christian. I admit that apologetically, in both senses of the word. On one hand, I am sorry to identify myself with that community. I am well aware of the cultural baggage associated with the term “evangelical.” Such baggage is especially clear »

Intelligent Design not so intelligent

February 7, 2007
Shortly after the publication of my last column, “Evolution Sunday not so benign” (Jan. 24), I received an e-mail from a gentleman at the Discovery Institute. This Seattle-based think-tank seeks “to defeat scientific materialism and its destructive moral, cultural and political legacies.” Apparently, my column manifested scientific materialism and, true to form, this man targeted »

Evolution Sunday not so benign

January 24, 2007
On Feb. 11, 2007, Christians will gather in churches across America to celebrate a very special Sunday. What is the purpose — to raise money for missionary work? To ponder the escalated war in Iraq and pray for peace? To celebrate the birthday of a saint? Nope. Well, actually, no to the first two suggestions »