Fixing the Relationship between Faith and Politics

What's wrong--and what's right--with the role of faith in American politics today? This is a big and complex question, and this post is simply an attempt to offer some thoughts. In it I will address two things that I see wrong with the role of faith in American politics today and two critical areas I believe may help improve the relationship between faith and politics. Feel free to share yours as well or to seek to extend what I've written here. Problem #1: The necessity of paying lip s … [Read more...]


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The Merger: Evangelicalism and the GOP

Growing up, I knew there was a close alignment between my family's evangelical religion and our politics. They seemed to fit hand in glove. Of course we were Republicans! What true Christian could be otherwise? The Republican party stood for good Christian values and Biblical policies while the Democrats stood for everything anti-Christian, from socialism to gay marriage to abortion. I mean, Jesus loves capitalism, right? Right!But this alliance is not simply something that is natural or a g … [Read more...]


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The Christian Homeschool Movement and Nostalgia

When I was eight or ten, my mom was really interested in finding a particular geography book to use in homeschooling us. Frequently when we would go to a historical home or a museum, she would see it on a shelf and say "There! That's the book I want!" It was published in 1902, you see. Frye's Geography. She'd heard it promoted somewhere, at a conference or in a homeschool magazine. She eventually found it used somewhere and was thrilled. She began using it with us, and while the images were … [Read more...]


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Worthwhile Reads: The Bible, Inerrancy, and Interpretation

In case you've missed it, there has been some excellent discussion of the Bible, inerrancy, and doctrines like creationism on several patheos blogs over the past couple of weeks. I may post some of my thoughts in response at some point, but for the moment I thought I'd pull together some of the posts I've been enjoying and list them here, with excerpts.One Text, Many Bibles, on Unreasonable Faith This is exactly the type of historical criticism we give to the annals of the Assyrians or the … [Read more...]


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Evangelicals Admit Confirmation Bias for David Barton

So you may remember that a few weeks ago Thomas Nelson pulled David Barton's book, The Jefferson Lies, upon learning that the book contained inaccuracies. Historians have known for years that David Barton does shoddy history. What is new is that a growing number of conservative evangelical organizations that before took Barton's words as gospel truth are now questioning him. And why this is happening is fascinating - and instructive.David Barton is the Ken Ham of history. He's got an agenda - … [Read more...]


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“Women and Children First”: An age-old anti-feminist myth

I've written a lot about Vision Forum, and about their fetishization of the Titanic, and this week I came upon something of a bombshell. You see, that whole "women and children first" thing is a myth - a fabrication - originally created in order to combat the fight for women's suffrage. When Vision Forum touts the "chivalry" of the men on the Titanic, it not only perpetuates a lie but also uses this lie to do the same thing the lie was created in 1912 to do - fight against women's rights. Let's … [Read more...]


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David Barton’s The Jefferson Lies pulled by publisher

I wasn't going to write about this but I think I need to. I was raised on David Barton's historical revisionism, studying from his books and reading his literature. Barton argues that mainstream historians have it wrong, and that the founders really were all devout evangelical Christians who intended to found a Christian nation. In a move reminiscent of creationism, Barton essentially argues that mainstream historians are engaged in a cover up, but that he can give you the real story.Well, C … [Read more...]


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