The fallout continues. Evangelicals of all shades are showing their colors over Obama’s affirmation of gay marriage. The arguments are often predictable and not worth rehashing here. Rather, I’m always interested in the tangential quarrels that arise when we’re all provoked to debate. And many are happening out there, but I thought I’d briefly share […]
I wrote several thousand words on Ross Douthat’s new book, Bad Religion, that ended up in my iMac’s trash bin. I felt my reactions to the book were either hazy or uninteresting, and, unfortunately, was too busy last week to spend enough time thinking about it. Now that’s it’s been widely reviewed, and […]
Christianity is in crisis.
Andrew Sullivan seems to think so, and though I side more with Sessions in his response to Sullivan – that is, the answer to a perceived crisis-bound Christianity is not to imagine a completely depoliticized, internal, and individual faith – I’m more concerned with how Sullivan misses just what […]
Should I not admit that? But I do. I like that a major part of the Christian story is a dark day when all feels lost. I don’t even just like it in the “I like it because I know Easter is coming in two days” kind of […]
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 […]
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