The End of Christian America

The End of Christian America is the cover story of this week’s Newsweek, by editor Jon Meacham. The article is bit long, but I highly recommend reading it. It’s an excellent assessment of the state of Christianity in 21st century America – Meacham tells us where we are and how we got here. I think his analysis is dead-on, and his predictions look both accurate and promising.The facts: “To the surprise of liberals who fear the advent of an evangelical theocracy and to the dismay of religious conse … [Read more...]

Fragile Lives

image from the Robin Wood TarotIf I’ve been quiet recently, it’s at least in part because I’ve been bombarded with emotional reminders of just how fragile our lives are, how quickly they can come crashing down, and how little control we really have. The news keeps bringing examples of lives damaged or even ruined by overzealous police and prosecutors. My job appears to be safe, but we’ve lost people to layoffs who’ve been with the company for 15 years or more. And this is to say nothing of people … [Read more...]

Who Am I?

In response to a DMN Religion Blog comment suggesting that Christians should call Jesus “Yehoshua,” I posted a comment with some polytheistic ideas. This led to a question from an uber-Catholic blog regular calling himself “RelicMM:”JohnFranc: I mean no offense. Many times I have wondered where your loyalties actually lie with regard to religion. Will you appease my curiosity? I would never challenge your free will to believe whatever you choose.And my answer:Relic, I take no offense at the ques … [Read more...]

I Hate Time Warner

I got the cable bill (actually, it’s the cable, internet, and phone bill) a couple days ago – it’s gone up $20 a month. When I complained, I was told that the package discounts I got when I added the phone service had expired. This is the new rate – pay it or drop the service.I’m furious. I feel like I’m being screwed. I want to scream and throw things.I hate that there’s no competition. If Market Street charges too much for apples, I can go to Kroger, or Target, or (Goddess forbid) Wal-Mart. But … [Read more...]