The Citizenship Confusion’s Voter’s Guide to the Internets

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Every Monday in Citizenship Confusion, Alan Noble discusses how we confuse our heavenly citizenship with citizenship to the state, culture, and the world.Things are always terrible on the World Wide Web. It's just that sometimes those terrible things get rather noisy and hard to ignore. Sometimes they even affect us and our neighbors. Sometimes we actually have to be mindful and discerning about these terrible things, even when they are noisy and truly terrible.Facebook does a … [Read more...]

Citizenship Confusion: Americanism–The Great Modern Heresy

Every Monday in Citizenship Confusion, Alan Noble discusses how we confuse our heavenly citizenship with citizenship to the state, culture, and the world.Last week, Trevin Wax posted a great interview he did with Peter Leithart, one of the most well-read and thoughtful theologians of our time (even though I don't always agree with him). The occasion was the release of Leithart's new book, Between Babel and the Beast, in which he advocates a nuanced understanding of "empire." I'll let you read … [Read more...]

Citizenship Confusion: Humble Yourselves and Repent and God may–or may not–Heal Our Land

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Every Monday in Citizenship Confusion, Alan Noble discusses how we confuse our heavenly citizenship with citizenship to the state, culture, and the world.There are few things more comforting to a believer than to rest on God's eternal promises for our hope. And because it is so comforting, whole church movements, Christian retail brands, books, albums, and Precious Moments figurines have used promises in God's Word to ply us from our money. Unfortunately, many (if not most) of the time, … [Read more...]

Citizenship Confusion: How the Culture Wars Lost Me, Or, The Family Research Council Appoints Gen. Jerry Boykin Ex. VP

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Every Monday in Citizenship Confusion, Alan Noble discusses how we confuse our heavenly citizenship with citizenship to the state, culture, and the world.There's been a lot of discussion lately about whether the "culture wars" have been good for the church or if we should try to move on. In this discussion, something that has repeatedly come up is that whatever their faults, the major conservative Christian political organizations that have been so vocally fighting these wars are essential a … [Read more...]

Citizenship Confusion: Meriting Our Daily Bread

Every Monday in Citizenship Confusion, Alan Noble discusses how we confuse our heavenly citizenship with citizenship to the state, culture, and the world.Note: In preparing for this week's column, I realized that the topic I had chosen was too large to address in a column, so in the next week or two you should see it as a feature. For now, I've resurrected an old feature that seemed particularly relevant in light of the election and the recent Supreme Court Ruling on ObamaCare. I've revised … [Read more...]

Citizenship Confusion: Why Christians Should Read Disturbing, Dark, and Secular Fiction

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Every Monday in Citizenship Confusion, Alan Noble discusses how we confuse our heavenly citizenship with citizenship to the state, culture, and the world.This summer I have been somewhat dutifully working on my dissertation, which will address the manifestation of signals of transcendence in Twentieth Century American Fiction. Whatever that means. (Maybe I'll tell you when I know.) In preparing to write, I recently re-read what many would consider to be a quintessential "dark" or "depr … [Read more...]

Citizenship Confusion: You have no Idea how Biased You are, but I Do. You’re Welcome.

Every Monday in Citizenship Confusion, Alan Noble discusses how we confuse our heavenly citizenship with citizenship to the state, culture, and the world.Consider these scenarios: You get an email from a friend with a news clip about a Texan who fought back against his freedom-hating Muslim neighbors by holding pig races on his farm; you assume the report was an accurate account of the situation and forward the email to other friends. You read a headline from Robert Spencer saying that an h … [Read more...]

Citizenship Confusion: The Power of Complements and Egalitarians

Every Monday in Citizenship Confusion, Alan Noble discusses how we confuse our heavenly citizenship with citizenship to the state, culture, and the world.Last week, Rachel Held Evans organized a blogging event to promote egalitarianism titled the "Mutuality 2012 Synchroblog." Along with other bloggers, Evans wrote a few thoughtful articles on "mutuality" (egalitarianism), including one particularly interesting post on the ways in which Greco-Roman household codes might have influenced Paul's … [Read more...]

Citizenship Confusion: Alienation and the Christian Ethic of Shopping at Threadless, Etsy, and Trades of Hope

Every Monday in Citizenship Confusion, Alan Noble discusses how we confuse our heavenly citizenship with citizenship to the state, culture, and the world.When I first saw my iPad, it was sealed in plastic and encased in a sturdy white box. Inside, the warranty and manual were neatly placed in a little white box and USB cable was carefully wrapped with clear plastic. The screen was covered with a clear plastic sheet to protect it from any harm. It was sterile, like a hospital. It gave the … [Read more...]

Citizenship Confusion: Breaking the Shopping Habit

Every Monday in Citizenship Confusion, Alan Noble discusses how we confuse our heavenly citizenship with citizenship to the state, culture, and the world.I've written a lot of criticism lately about how the church engages in politics and culture, and while I stand by what I wrote, I hope to broaden the way I use this space in the future by providing balance to my criticisms and by criticizing less, as I addressed last week (See: Citizenship Confusion: Why I Criticize the Church). What better wa … [Read more...]


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