Andrew Sullivan has written a cover story for Newsweek (disclosure: where I also work) that I think deserves attention and scrutiny. It could not be more timely, and in many ways more needed. But even as it advances some crucial criticisms of the contemporary monstrosity that presents itself as Christianity, I think there is a lot more to […]
With the Super Bowl coming up this weekend, looking back at the biggest football story of the year and its effect on religious discourse.
I was a bit out of the loop as Tim Tebow rocketed his way to “America’s Most Popular Athlete” status. My wife and I cancelled our cable TV last year, […]
My latest in The Daily considers why it’s so difficult for Christians to be cool…
Last weekend, I walked into my parents’ living room to find it strewn with home-made DVDs and old VHS tapes. My mother and father were planted firmly in front of the television, and as I got close enough to see […]
In today’s Wall Street Journal, I have an op-ed that sums up the whole “Why I hate religion, but love Jesus” kerfuffle for the uninformed, and then rests on a point very similar to the one I came to last week…perhaps, with a bit less snark. Here’s the concluding thought:
Stating that religions […]
I wanted to ignore this. I really did. When a youth pastor friend of mine sent me a link to the YouTube page of Jeff Bethke, this quasi-rapping, Drake-looking, spoken-word poet, and asked my opinion, I said, “Lame.” The poem is called “Sexual Healing,” and in it Bethke gives his take on […]
A recent op-ed by David Brooks brought my attention to a study conducted by Notre Dame sociologist Christian Smith and some of his colleagues — the results of which have been published in a book entitled Lost in Transition – that found that young adults are bad at “thinking and talking about […]
A Public Faith: How Followers of Christ Should Shape the Common Good by Miroslav Volf. Brazos, 2011, 192pp.
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? […]
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 […]
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.” […]
Religion is sometimes held to be untrue today because there are so many different and often conflicting claims made about it. To even speak of “religion” in such reified and monolithic terms offends contemporary ears. In an address to the 2009 American Academy of Religion conference in Montreal, then president Mark Juergensmeyer pointed […]
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