The cult of agreeableness

Joel Osteen's disturbing inability to say that Mormonism is something other than Christian reflects a particular affliction from which our culture suffers. I'm not sure what to call it other than the cult of agreeableness, a widespread tendency to avoid disagreement, conflict, and contradiction whenever possible, a disposition to never draw hard lines for fear that we'll upset or make ourselves unattractive by the action. … [Read more...]

Why Mormons aren’t Christians

Angel Moroni

For the last generation Mormons have tried to mainstream themselves. The popular "I am a Mormon" ad campaign is part of that effort, but it's only the most recent manifestation of a long public-relations campaign. For the last few decades the Mormon Church has presented its adherents as good-neighborly types: friendly, moral, familial. But the family-down-the-street strategy is only part of the job.The Mormons have also actively worked to make their beliefs appear within the pale of orthodox … [Read more...]

On judging Joel Osteen

On judging Joel Osteen

It turns out that criticizing Joel Osteen ruffles feathers. Perhaps this shouldn't surprise. His congregation is more than forty-thousand strong, his sermons air worldwide, and his book sales are stratospheric. He's got more than a few fans available to take offense at someone holding his feet to the fire.In response to my piece Friday, "The insufferable Joel Osteen," several people said that I was "judging" Osteen, which is a considerable no-no. I was told I should be ashamed and that I … [Read more...]

The insufferable Joel Osteen

Every Day a Friday

Few things rub me the wrong way as much as poseurs masquerading as pastors. If that sounds unduly harsh, forgive me, but I don't think this is undue.Al Mohler recently published a piece on Joel Osteen's equation of Mormonism with evangelical and Catholic Christianity. … [Read more...]


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