Category Archives: American Folk Religion

Notional Evangelicalism – no doctrine or church attendance.

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

Forsaking lunacy, again and again

I have long thought that the best critique of Rod Dreher’s Benedict Option is that he’s just asking Christians to actually act like Christians, and asking the Church actually to do the work of the Church. (Long? Well, the book … Continue reading

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Clippings, 1/4/19

1 A reminder that not all “Evangelical” Trump supporters are merely self-described Evangelicals who do not actually go to church: You and other white evangelical leaders have strongly supported President Trump. What about him exemplifies Christianity and earns him your … Continue reading

Posted in American Folk Religion, Evangelicalism, Political Matters, Sundry flakes