Category Archives: American Religion

Humanity’s Elusive Quest: A Post-Theistic Faith

I admire much of the theology of Rabbi Irwin Kula. He has settled on a view of religion that apparently closely resembles mine.  He regards religion is a form of technology. Kula envisions the 3,500-year-old Jewish faith as being in … Continue reading

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Pentecostalism as the Second Protestant Reformation

A few years ago, I followed a fascinating social media discussion about the use of icons in the Eastern Orthodox tradition. Orthodox Christians regard images of Christ and the Apostles blessed by a priest as representing the actual presence of … Continue reading

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Reflections on the Legacy of Billy Graham

Rev. Billy Graham has died, leaving behind one of evangelical Christianity’s most successful and illustrious preaching careers, one that spanned the administrations of twelve U.S. presidents and that left an indelible, lasting mark on the history of American religion. I … Continue reading

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Among the World’s Great, but Unwitting Innovators

I’ve mentioned before how fascinating it is to consider how religious mystics, leaders and reformers have unwittingly contributed to innovation – entire platforms, in many cases – that have transformed the world in ways that they scarcely could have imagined. … Continue reading

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A Threat to Human Scaffolding

According to research conducted by the universities of Oxford and Coventry, religious beliefs are linked neither to intuition nor to rational thinking. Previous studies indicated that people who hold strong religious beliefs are more intuitive and less analytical.  Moreover when … Continue reading

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Why I’m Thankful for Evangelicals and Other Religious Hard Shells

As many of you may know by now, I’m not conventionally religious. I’m a cultural Christian, not an orthodox one. I am both pro-choice and sympathetic to the gay plight in America. I am a Tory conservative, yes, albeit one … Continue reading

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My Tower Experience

I recently stumbled across a perversely interesting article, posted by a Facebook friend who apparently has dealt with his own protracted struggle with rigid orthodoxy. The article, aptly titled “Early Warning Signs of Adult Onset Calvinism,” explores the various ways … Continue reading

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