Category Archives: American Folk Religion

Notional Evangelicalism – no doctrine or church attendance.

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

Put Mass back in Christmas

It is, after all, a feast of the Christian Church. Continue reading

Posted in American Folk Religion, Evangelicalism, History, Liturgy, Protestantism, Secularism

Emollients (I hope)

1 I would find it more convincing that Trump is “shaking up his administration,” as the press reports every day or two, if they’d first report the deep complacency that needs roiling. (I just haven’t noticed that on my own.) … Continue reading

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Mene, mene tekel upharsin

The Christian Reformed Church is hanging in the balance. Continue reading

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Guilty of being accused (and more)

Do read item 1 even if you have no time for the rest. Continue reading

Posted in "Spiritual" (maybe Religious), 9th Commandment Watch, alt-right, American Folk Religion, Anodynes & Nostrums, Bread & Circuses, Faith & Ideology, Foreign Affairs, History, immigration, Journalism, Justice, Legalia, Political Matters, Rights Talk, war | Tagged ,

Politics, I’m sad to say

Political swill I share reluctantly. Continue reading

Posted in American Folk Religion, Anodynes & Nostrums, Christianity generally, Civil Religion, liberalism, Moralistic therapeutic deism, Orthodoxy, Political Matters

Role call for the Seven Deadlies

What think ye of The Donald? Whose son is he? Continue reading

Posted in American Folk Religion, Evangelicalism, Political Matters

Trimmer callout

In foreign policy at least, Donald Trump is playing autocrat. What are we going to do about it? Continue reading

Posted in American Folk Religion, Anodynes & Nostrums, Foreign Affairs, Patriotic Correctness, Political correctness, Political Matters, populism, Russia, Thrown down gauntlet, Transvaluation of Values

Jesus, loser

I think Christian Smith pretty well described Moralistic Therapeutic Deism when he coined the term, but Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon’s definition is now my favorite: The function of Church in society is to keep spiritually healthy and morally upright those … Continue reading

Posted in American Folk Religion, Asceticism, Capitalism, Consumerism, Damn rackets, Jeremiad, Orthodoxy, Religiopreneurs