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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.”

Is it possible for U.S. Christians to be proud of their country and still criticize or condemn some of its actions? Of course, if we learn to do these two things. […] Read More

It’s the greatest danger to authentic Christianity, becoming a quasi-religion competing with authentic Christianity even among Christians. Check out what it is, and what comes in second. […] Read More

Comments by a Southern Baptist seminary president about divorce, even in situations of abuse, has led to a rebellion by thousands of Southern Baptist women and men. Many were demanding the seminary president’s resignation, and he has since apologized for his comments. The seminary’s board of trustees met this week and announced that the president […] Read More

There it was again – in an editorial of a newspaper – the cliché I’ve heard all my life: “What’s good for business is good for America.” As a Christian theologian, I have spoken out against “folk religion,” which consists of unconsidered, unreflective clichés. Is there such a thing, perhaps, as “folk economics”? The editorial […] Read More

It’s time for a national conversation about football. The facts are irrefutable now; U.S. football causes long-term and irreversible brain damage in many players. Anyone who doesn’t know this simply hasn’t been paying attention. And in some cases, that brain damage has probably led to violent behavior, including suicides and murders, which probably would not […] Read More

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