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Author Roger Olson

Roger Olson is the Foy Valentine professor of Christian theology and ethics at George W. Truett Theological Seminary in Waco, Texas. He is the author of numerous books, including “Counterfeit Christianity” and “The Story of Christian Theology.”

One reason I am a moderate Baptist is to avoid creedalism. Let me define that – as it is meant by my fellow moderate Baptists (and some others). To me, to us, “creedalism” is the elevation of some extrabiblical statement of belief to a status equal with Scripture itself – authoritative beyond doubt, mental reservation, […] Read More

Ought I to repent of being white and male? I have had this question posed to me in one form or another on several occasions over the years. As I explained in my previous post, I think I have discerned three distinct meanings of the call for white people and males to repent for being […] Read More

Over the years of my life in modern (or postmodern) American academics, I have several times read and heard that white men ought to “repent” of being white and male. I have long been a strong supporter of some liberation theologies. That is so much the case that one of my former students wrote a […] Read More

I grew up in a form of Christian life that had women pastors, evangelists, church planters and, of course, missionaries. The only thing women could not do in church life was, apparently, serve as denominational executives. I don’t think there was any rule against it; it just didn’t happen – except in those few denominations […] Read More

Does justice require inclusion and diversity? The simple answer is “yes” and “no.” However, my emphasis here is going to be on the “no,” simply because I exist in a religious context where that is what needs to be said and heard. Some years ago, my family played a board game called Scruples. The game […] Read More

Just a few blocks from my house stands a very large and active mainline Protestant church. I’ll leave the denomination unnamed. Throughout the year, it sponsors and hosts numerous special events including seasonal worship services attended by hundreds if not thousands. Its Vacation Bible School yard signs are all over the neighborhood, and I see […] Read More

Some time ago, during the U.S. presidential election, I asked whether it might be worthwhile to listen to the complaints of American white males who seemed to be supporting Trump in unusual numbers. Many progressives wished simply to dismiss American white males as reactionary whiners, slackers, bigots and fodder for would-be populist tyrants. I questioned […] Read More

I have heard and read many references to white privilege and male privilege over the past several years. These seem to be the only types of privilege that socially progressive people talk about and disparage. Although I sometimes think these phrases are overused, I don’t disagree that our American society still struggles to level the […] Read More

A problem with contemporary American society is that most people tend only to listen to people with whom they already agree. The result is almost complete ignorance of the perspectives of others. The result is a society that is no longer a community; we have no shared values. An example is the abortion debate. The […] Read More

I find one of the greatest ironies of contemporary American Christianity here: What usually is called “conservative Christianity” is really a form of liberal Christianity. So, as usual, it is important to define our terms. Here, by “conservative Christianity,” I mean that sociopolitical expression of Christianity sometimes called the Religious Right and often given the […] Read More