American Heretics Abounding

bad religion

In my First Things column of last week, I quoted a small portion from Ross Douthat's remarkable book Bad Religion; How We Became a Nation of Heretics, which will be released this week.I plan on writing a fuller review of the book, but one of my concerns with my column was that I'd inadvertently given the impression that Douthat spent a lot of time discussing the issue of sexual morality, hypocrisy and homosexuality. In fact, he spends very little time on that front -- mostly, in fact, as he … [Read more...]

Are Our Ideologies Our Idols?

The Wall Street Journal has an editorial up entitled McCain's Apostacies.Think about that for a minute. His differences with his party are not differences, they're "apostacies." He is, for some, a heretic who has departed too sharply away from the dogmas and sacraments of The Church of Conservatism.And he's the pro-life guy!I've been thinking for a while that the hyperpartisanship on both sides was beginning to resemble the Protestant/Catholic sectarian troubles in Northern … [Read more...]


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