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Understanding the Religious Right … Or Maybe Not

Understanding the Religious Right … Or Maybe Not

Christian Church, Christianity, conservatism, Consitution, Ideology, Politics, Reformation, Religion, Scripture, Sexuality, Spirituality, Theology, Tolerance
OK ... 'fess-up time! I'm sure this will not make anyone choke on their beer and pork rinds, least of all anyone who even superficially knows me, but ... well ... here goes ... I don't understand the religious right. OK ... that's it ... I don't understand the religious right. Four master's degrees, adjunct faculty (once upon a time) at 2 universities, published criticism of the poetry and prose of Gerard Manley Hopkins in some fashionably obscure postmodernist academic journals ... visiting Fellow at Exeter College, Oxford, 1988 ... so I’m good at understanding stuff. But I don't understand the religious right ... Why? Well ... OK ... here's the thing, or at least a Reader's Digest condensed version thereof. The religious right comprises Protestant denominations that, whatever their ...
Counting the Cost … Or … Well … Maybe Not

Counting the Cost … Or … Well … Maybe Not

Challenge, Christianity, Discernment, Disciples of Christ, Ideology, Luke, Religion, Scripture, Skeptic, Spirituality
Skepticism is the chastity of the intellect, and it is shameful to surrender it too soon or to the first comer: there is nobility in preserving it coolly and proudly through long youth, until at last, in the ripeness of instinct and discretion, it can be safely exchanged for fidelity and happiness. -- George Santayana We live in an age of religious radicalism when many sects, some quite powerful, not only do not seek to avoid martyrdom, but seem to court it as a badge of honor.  Yes, I mean (radical / jihadist) Islam.  But I do not mean just radical / jihadist Islam.  There are equally extreme fundamentalist Christian sects, professedly friendly to the state of Israel, that actively agitate, both in this country and there, to promote the exile of the Palestinians from the West Bank and ...