Category Archives: Civil Religion

Taking the easy way out

Sohrab Ahmari is an impetuous young man, new to his Christian faith, and ready to take the easy and sub-Christian route while pretending to be tough-minded and über-Christian. Continue reading

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Instrumentalizing God

For decades, I endured periodic sermons and political rants disguised as prayers. Because of who and where I was, and the few loose political affiliations I had, those sermons and rants almost all ranged from right to further right. And … Continue reading

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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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Mostly religious, 9/21/18

Today, I’m staying away from politics almost (but not quite) completely. I don’t think the politics will offend anyone. Continue reading

Posted in Civil Religion, Culture, Evangelicalism, liberalism, Liturgy, Religious freedom, Roman Catholicism, Sexualia

Politics, I’m sad to say

Political swill I share reluctantly. Continue reading

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Progressive clobber passages

A Facebook exchange a few years ago produced a minor epiphany. I observed that my Facebook friend, a high school classmate at an Evangelical boarding school (who now has expressly apostasized and gone kind of New Agey and knee-jerk Left), … Continue reading

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The Almost Nearly Perfect People Redux

Swedish schools, religious as well as secular, distinguish between “education” and “learning,” as odd as that may sound. The former is the curriculum; the latter, the time spent, for example, at recess, lunch, or social gatherings — outside the context … Continue reading

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Cold comfort

More efficacious than gun control nostrums or anodyne “thoughts and prayers.” Continue reading

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Why do they hate us?

What They Saw in America: Alexis de Tocqueville, Max Weber, G. K. Chesterton, and Sayyid Qutbby James L. Nolan Jr. Cambridge, 306 pages, $27.99 In the wake of 9/11, James Nolan was prompted to reflect on America to find a … Continue reading

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Tuesday, 11/7/17

Christian Philosophy Choosing against choice Culture normalizes Thoughts, prayers, tweets Asian Junket Haiku

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