Category Archives: Moralistic therapeutic deism

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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Twiblings

As if on cue, an example of today’s version of satanic banality. I’m really sticking my neck out on this, but here goes. But first, remember the conclusion to my latest blog when you parse “satanic”: The man who approaches … Continue reading

Posted in deathworks, Legalia, Marriage (civil), Marriage (real), Moralistic therapeutic deism, Natural Law, Nominalism and Realism, Sacramental Tapestry | Tagged ,

Potpourri 2/22/19

United Methodist schism; the state of news media today; Amazon GTFO as the progressives urged; and two people get their joint taxes done. Continue reading

Posted in Journalism, Moralistic therapeutic deism, progressivism, Protestantism, Sexualia, Sundry flakes

Clippings 12/20/18.

1 I don’t share the anxiety many conservatives have about Islam in America (Islam in Europe is a different matter, for particularly European reasons). For better or for worse, post-Christian America is going to turn Islam into Moralistic Therapeutic Deism … Continue reading

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Clippings, 12/12/18

No commentary of my own; just smart commentary by others. Continue reading

Posted in Foreign Affairs, Life political issues, Moralistic therapeutic deism, paganism, Political Matters, Sundry flakes | Tagged ,

Mene, mene tekel upharsin

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

Posted in "Spiritual" (maybe Religious), American Folk Religion, Calvinism, Christianity generally, Heretics, Moralistic therapeutic deism, Sexualia | 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

Encore!

Serendipity led me back to a blog of 8 years ago, which has aged well. Continue reading

Posted in Benedict Option, Declinism, History, Moralistic therapeutic deism, Nominalism and Realism, Orthodoxy, Sexualia, Sundry flakes

Heckfire and Brimstone

Twice this week, I caught snippets of NPR or APR stories about a Pentecostal preacher who stopped believing in hell. Or maybe it was a single story, replayed, and I caught different snippets. As Rob Bell discovered, getting squishy about … Continue reading

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Social Media

At last weekend’s Eighth Day Symposium in Wichita, Ken Myers‘ second plenary address was nominally about “Social Media and the Commodification of Friendship.” I find that at my fairly advanced age, and perhaps with a little tone-deafness to social cues, … Continue reading

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