Category Archives: American Folk Religion

Notional Evangelicalism – no doctrine or church attendance.

What’s wrong with this picture?

The data is clear that the Democrats are the more godless party. So why do I not feel tribal loyalty to the GOP? Continue reading

Posted in American Folk Religion, Evangelicalism, Heretics, Jeremiad, Moralistic therapeutic deism, Naked Emperors, Nominalism and Realism, Pre-American Christianity, Thrown down gauntlet | Leave a comment

“What are the duties required in the ninth commandment?”

Christians have some non-negotiable standards, even in politics, and even if “they” are violating those standards. Continue reading

Posted in 9th Commandment Watch, American Folk Religion, antipluralism, conservatism, grievance mongering, Political Matters, Speech & Press | Leave a comment

Un-learning

Sometimes, after a wrong start, you have to un-learn things. Continue reading

Posted in American Folk Religion, Christianity generally, Dispensationalism, Evangelicalism, lifeworks, Prophetic Hysterical Complex

Shattering a Shibboleth

Are salvation and conversion the same thing? Is salvation punctiliar or processional? Continue reading

Posted in American Folk Religion, Christianity generally, Evangelicalism, lifeworks

Perverse rejoicing

With a provenance like the Wall Street Journal’s “Houses of Worship” opinion series and a title like Thank God, American Churches Are Dying, you’d be justified in expecting a mix of self-conscious perversity and unhealthy, un-reflective antecedent bias. Continue reading

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Michael Gerson’s malice

Michael Gerson’s launching pad is a sham, but his launch succeeds anyway. Continue reading

Posted in American Folk Religion, Evangelicalism, Political Matters, Virtue signaling

Cultural Liturgies

We are bad at enough stuff and have a history sufficiently marked with sorrow to create fertile ground for repentance. We lack the humility to greet it. Continue reading

Posted in American Folk Religion, Bread & Circuses, Civil Religion, deathworks, Naked Public Square, Secularism

Job’s Comforters

I’ve never recoiled from Job’s Comforters. At least they were “there for him” after a fashion, right? Maybe I’m on the Autism Spectrum, or haven’t shaken off the last of my “former delusion,” repudiated when I entered Orthodoxy. But the … Continue reading

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Gaslighting Baptists

A substantial slice of my homeland continues to baffle me. Continue reading

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Sometimes, serendipity!

I blogged just yesterday, on the occasion of his death, about the odd metanarratives of “religion” Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens gratuitously spun in some of his religion clause opinions. I acknowledged (boasted?) that nobody else had noticed the … Continue reading

Posted in "Spiritual" (maybe Religious), American Folk Religion, Christianity generally, lifeworks, Nominalism and Realism, Orthodoxy, Protestantism