First of all, surely you have heard of Rachel Held Evans. I mean, you have…right? Because from what I understand, she’s kind of a big deal. And her blog seems to be something of a hub, when it comes to young, evangelical thought and discussions. She has written a couple of books, and this year on the blog, she features several series on the interpretation of Scripture. The first one centered around The Bible Made Impossible, by Christian Smith. Her current one is based on Scripture and the Authority of God, by N.T. Wright.
My husband says that this is a distinctly church-of-Christ quirk, but as always, I feel compelled to say, “Now, I don’t always agree with 100% of what she writes…” He’s probably right about the quirk. We c-of-C’ers are naturally distrustful of anything that is not pure Scripture, and so we always have to add that word of caution before recommending anything that is not a book of the Bible. And so I will offer my usual caveat with RHE: I certainly do not agree with many of her stances, but I love her willingness and ability to think deeply on a variety of topics that are dear to my heart. Even her current focus on Biblical interpretation fits in perfectly with my own interests as I read through the Bible (or try to) this year.
Honestly, though, even if you find yourself at constant odds with her opinions, I think she is worth reading simply because she is so representative of an entire generation of evangelicals (or whatever they/we call them-/ourselves). If nothing else, this blog will help you get inside of the heads of that group and hopefully understand them a bit better.
Here are my top 3:
I loved this one, and I tried to find a suitable excerpt, but the post is really too short to lift something out of it. Just go read it.
Another short, but good one. The slippery slope fallacy is a pet peeve of mine, and so I really liked the way that she turned the idea on its head by showing the ways that it had proven true in her own life.
Rachel has a whole series called, “Ask a…” Each week, she introduces a new “type”: an atheist, a Unitarian, a Muslim, a libertarian, a progressive, etc. Then, she gives readers a chance to leave questions for that person in the comments. Next, she picks the most popular questions and gives them to the person to answer. The answers are featured the next week. The pacifist was her most recent one…and the question from Kim? That’s me! I had hoped that she would correct the typos (good grief–I REALLY need to proofread my comments), but she didn’t, and so I sort of sound like a moron. But I thought he had an interesting response.
Alright, so those are my reading recommendations. Do you have any good recommendations this week?