In 2003, I was a senior in college. I had recently returned from a semester spent studying in Nairobi, Kenya. September 11,2001 was still fresh in my mind, and I was exploring Christian pacifism. Two short years earlier, I began to develop a sense of my own politics and I was surprised to find, when […]
I think Andrew Sullivan has some reading to do. I say this mostly in jest – I hope he doesn’t spend his blog hiatus reading these books. But short of an essay that responds to Sullivan’s understanding of Jesus, history, and liberal democracy, I thought I would offer up […]
A matter of hours after President Obama announced his proposal to reduce the federal deficit, which includes $2 in spending cuts to every $1 of new government revenue, his opponents were on television hailing the plan as the return of “class warfare.” Conservative evangelicals dutifully picked up the line, but gave it a slight twist: […]
Should religion be monitored in our politics through a separation between the public and private sphere? Is such a division even possible? Do liberal constitutional democracies depend on this division? In A Public Faith: How Followers of Christ Should Shape the Common Good Miroslav Volf addresses these and related questions, challenging the idea that religion […]
This weekend marks the 10th anniversary of the attacks against our country on September 11, 2001, and New York City, Washington DC, and just about every other major metropolitan area in the US is planning to mark the anniversary with one kind of commemorative happening or another. The main event in New York, a […]
Today, in an op-ed at the New York Times, David E. Campbell and Robert D. Putnam, authors of American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us, turn their attention to the Tea Party and determine that it’s not their desire for a smaller government that unites Tea Partiers, but their desire to […]
I’ve recently criticized people I felt were too hard on the mainstream media’s coverage of conservative evangelical politicians. But now that Rick Perry has joined Michele Bachmann in the race, the fear in my circles of someone perceived to be an actual theocrat becoming president is palpable.
But a word of caution. It […]
I could have become Michele Bachmann.
Reading a recent Bachmann profile in The New Yorker felt like attending an awkward cocktail party with former best friends whom I now stalk on the internet but haven’t spoken to in years.
The story describes Bachmann’s influences – including figures like Francis Schaeffer and David Noebel, […]
A couple of days ago, at The American Scene, Wheaton professor Alan Jacobs took Andrew Sullivan to task on his recent remarks about “Christianists,” a term he often uses to describe the Christian right, but which, more generally applied, refers to people who fuse “politics and religion for the advancement of political goals.” […]
Sarah Pulliam Bailey has a list of complaints with Ryan Lizza’s buzz-gathering profile of Michele Bachmann in this week’s New Yorker. Overall, the long report is a pretty impressive piece of work that blends colorful campaign diary with a deeper exploration of Bachmann’s political formation and intellectual influences. As usual, […]
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