SNTS: Prayers and Presidential Address

One fascinating aspect of SNTS is the extent to which, because it is a European rather than a North American organization, it does not divide religious practice and critical scholarship the way an organization like SBL does. In the United States, there is a strong conservative Evangelical constituency that likes to do its own devotional [Read More…]

Jesus as American Presidential Candidate

Jimmy Kimmel got a man dressed like Jesus to read actual quotes from candidatesĀ in this year’s presidential primary elections. I think itĀ makes a useful point to those who think they are supporting candidates because they are followers of Jesus. [Read more…]

Don’t Be Like Jerry

Zack Hunt shared the above image on Facebook. I have not had any real interest in participating in the creation of these stick figure descriptions of oneself, but I have appreciated several of the parodies and attempts at humor around them. And this one, as a response to the endorsement by Jerry Falwell Jr. of [Read More…]

Predicting the Future

I love this cartoon from the New Yorker. This is precisely the problem with predictive prophecy. If it were to be specific about the distant future, it would be incomprehensible. But because it consistently lacks such information, it is unimpressively vague. There is no way things could be otherwise, is there – regardless of whether [Read More…]

Happy Religious Freedom Day!

The presidential proclamation would not have been enough. It took Facebook to make me aware of it. [Read more…]

I Swear on a Stack of Bibles

Until I saw this photo, I thought that “I swear on a stack of Bibles” was just an expression… The Bibles belonged to Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr., and so it is understandable that president Barack Obama chose to use them when taking the presidential oath. But still…that just makes it two Bibles [Read More…]

Election Night Predictions and Discussion

Now that the votes are being counted, I feel like I can say what I foresee happening. I predict that either the Democratic or Republican candidate will win the election. I predict that, if the economy does better or worse, it will have less to do with who was elected president than with other factors. [Read More…]

Paranoid Hype in Political Discourse

I wonder how many of those who make ridiculous paranoid claims about presidential candidates actually believe them, and how many of those who originate them do so knowing full well that they are false, but hoping that enough gullible people will fall for them to help swing the election. Fred Clark has a nice round-up [Read More…]

Thank God for Mitt Romney’s Candidacy

I think that all those who are concerned for the spiritual health and integrity of Christianity in the United States should give thanks for Mitt Romney's candidacy. Many of us have been saying for many years that conservative and fundamentalist Christianity in America had sold its soul for a mess of political pottage, and had [Read More…]

Aragormney

Joe Weaks has created another Lord of the Rings Romney meme photo, as you can see. Last time it was Sauromney, this time it is Aragormney!   [Read more…]


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