What Should the Southern Baptist Convention Change Its Name To?

As Jim West, Hemant Mehta and Claude Mariottini have noted, the Southern Baptist Convention is considering changing its name. The Southern Baptists, for those who may not be familiar with them, formed when Baptists in the Southern part of the United States (hence the name) broke away from the Baptist union of which they were [Read More...]

Call for Papers: Navigating the Sacred and Profane in American Popular Culture

CALL FOR PAPERS Fifth Annual Religions in Conversation Conference Claremont Graduate University School of Religion Conference Date: Friday, February 24, 2012 Location: Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA The School of Religion at Claremont Graduate University invites papers on the relationship between religion and popular culture. We encourage submissions based on our theme: “Navigating the Sacred [Read More...]

If God Got Elected

Via the Uniblog [Read more...]

Around the Blogosphere

P. Z. Myers shared this image indicating the status of the United States as a statistical outlier in at least one important respect (originally from Calamities of Nature): Alison Campbell tries to clear up the ongoing confusion about fact and theory. John Shuck shared some challenging thoughts inspired by Don Cupitt on solar living (and [Read More...]

Literalism and Biblical Authority

David Withun offers an interesting extended quote from James Turner’s book Without God, Without Creed: The Origins of Unbelief in America, addressing how Biblical literalism has served to undermine the authority of the Bible. [Read more...]

Brad Matthies Among The Truthers

My colleague Brad Matthies has posted a review of the interesting-sounding book Among the Truthers: A Journey Through America’s Growing Conspiracist Underground by Jonathan Kay. For the record, he’s the one who connected that book’s focus with mythicism, not me. [Read more...]

From The Archives: What’s Wrong With Being ‘Right’?

For those who are enthusiastic about the voices calling for a return to or preservation of the Christian foundations of our society, you will probably find yourself largely in agreement with the sentiment of another famous politician, who said: The national government will maintain and defend the foundations on which the power of our nation [Read More...]


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