What if the name “Christian” no longer fits, but you haven’t given up faith?

May 23, 2013

“Marcus Mumford and the Trouble with Labels”
Cathleen Falsani, an award-winning religion journalist who often writes about faith and popular culture on her God Grrl blog for Religion News Service, talks about the criticism musician Marcus Mumford has been getting from some Christians because of his answer to a question about whether he “still considers himself a Christian.” Marcus is the lead vocalist for the popular British band Mumford and Sons, and his parents are the leaders of the UK and Ireland branch of the international evangelical Vineyard Church movement.  Read his answer about his own faith and how the word Christian to him “conjures up all these religious images that I don’t really like.” He says his parents are not disturbed by his spiritual journey, and Cathleen Falsani helps readers understand why they needn’t be either, as she shares her own thoughts about religious labeling.

Letha Dawson Scanzoni
Letha Dawson Scanzoni (1935-2024) was an independent scholar, writer, and editor, and the author or coauthor of nine books. In 1978, she and Virginia Ramey Mollenkott wrote Is the Homosexual My Neighbor?, one of the earliest books urging evangelical Christians to rethink their views on homosexuality (updated edition, 1994, HarperOne). More recently, Letha coauthored (with social psychologist David G. Myers) What God Has Joined Together: The Christian Case for Gay Marriage (HarperOne, 2005 and 2006). Another of Letha’s most well-known books is All We’re Meant to Be: Biblical Feminism for Today, coauthored with Nancy A. Hardesty (Word Books, 1974; revised edition, Abingdon, 1986; updated and expanded edition, Eerdmans, 1992). Letha served as editor of Christian Feminism Today in both its former print edition (EEWC Update) and its website for 19 years until her retirement in December 2013.


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