Who Said Calvinism Was Fair?

Great. Would be Calvinists get Mark Driscoll. Meanwhile, Lutherans get Nadia.

Nadia Bolz-Weber bounds into the University United Methodist Church sanctuary like a superhero from Planet Alternative Christian. Her 6-foot-1 frame is plastered with tattoos, her arms are sculpted by competitive weightlifting and, to show it all off, this pastor is wearing a tight tank top and jeans. . . .

In her body and her theology, Bolz-Weber represents a new, muscular form of liberal Christianity, one that merges the passion and life-changing fervor of evangelicalism with the commitment to inclusiveness and social justice of mainline Protestantism. She’s a tatted-up, foul-mouthed champion to people sick of being belittled as not Christian enough for the right or too Jesus-y for the left.

Is the Roman Catholic equivalent Stephen Colbert? Or Garry Wills?

18 thoughts on “Who Said Calvinism Was Fair?

  1. Lol. I just came over here with this article about her copied and cued up but you beat me to the punch.

    To answer your question there are many dissident Catholics but we have a principled means of calling them dissidents. We have things like dogma and such. They are in open rebellion.

    Who, really, can say that Nadia is not a good Protestant? I mean she is Lutheran Minister right?


  2. So unfair. The PCA lost one if its hipsters to Rome (Stelly). I hear the OP has a (a) hipster, known as “the guy who doesn’t tuck his shirt in.”


  3. Darryl,

    I was just kidding. I just really wanted to post a picture of her somewhere. I do realize you have things like confessions of faith that are principled standards that an honest follower of those traditions should be honest about. Just for those times when such things are needed on issues where scripture is not perspicuous… oh wait…

    If the Pope allow women Cardinals I will meet you the next time you are in New England and buy a round of your favorite drink… as long as it is Scotch. But you may be shocked to find out that the Pope is, in fact, a practicing Catholic.



  4. So what’s the male counterpart to Nadia? I mean, we all know Mark is a proponent of Machoism, but Nadia comes off as an over-testosterone-infused female; who’s the over-estrogen-infused male of Protestantism (or is it just the majority of Evangelicalism and their contemporary music)? Would Nadia be as welcoming of a man in her congregation dressing up in sun-dresses and wearing make-up, all the while claiming he has no gender confusion and that he’s as straight as an arrow?

    This stuff would make a great T.V. show – the caricatures would be amazing.


  5. I say she should be worked into the Duck Dynasty crew — the current darlings of the babdist and evanjellyfish. I went by the xian store Saturday to pick up communion pellets and disposable plastic cups and the DD stuff was falling off the shelves. How many know that they are Campbellite heretics?


  6. who’s the over-estrogen-infused male of Protestantism (or is it just the majority of Evangelicalism and their contemporary music)?

    Nate, you got it. You have to throw in the Larry Crab, pop psych christianese counseling segment to complete the picture though. However, if navel-gazing is a marker, i’d like to offer up any number of neo-puritans as potential candidates.


  7. Chortles, I attend an OP church near a certain legendary Reformed seminary and it’s got a significant number of full blown hipsters. I saw one guy wearing bright orange skinny jeans a few weeks back.


  8. Bolz-Weber is an embarrassment to many of us Lutherans who realize that the culture is always wrong when it comes to the things of God.

    She loves it (the culture) and all the new fads that go along with it. Such as affirming gay sex, even for those in the church.


  9. Wow, I thought the phenomenon of the “hipster”/uber-cool celebrity “pastor” was confined to the wasteland of mega-church eeeeeeeeeeevangelicalism. Now we have a female modernist (theologically liberal) pastorette counterpart to the hipster boy evangelical pastor dude. Feminism pressures insecure women to find self-affirmation by being more like men (machismo and all); now theological feminism has produced a hipster dude pastor lady (?), tatoos and all, who could very well be mistaken for a man.

    Elsewhere I have written: “Think about it: Do we really expect unbelievers to take the Word of God seriously when it is delivered (for example) by a middle age dude with receding hairline and bulging love handles who is covered with tatoos, wearing ripped jeans, casual button down shirt (chest hair exposed) and flip flops, and obviously trying desperately to be “cool/hip”? Do we really expect believers to tremble at the Word when their “pastor” is uber-casual and laid back in the way he preaches the Word (even if he actually does preach the Word, rather than simply give a motivational speech sprinkled with a few Bible verses and under the guise of a “sermon”)?”



  10. Up until this week I had not heard of this lady. This morning I found a copy of her book “Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint” and listed it on Amazon for $12.49. Ka-ching.


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