Lots of Puritans Were “Nones”

Martin Marty takes aim at hand-wringers who worry that that lack of church attendance and affiliation are dropping. Even if it’s below 50% nowadays, it was a lot lower in Colonial America:

So how were things in the good old days? A consensus questioned by a few serious scholars—Patricia Bonomi among them—is that fewer than 20 percent of the colonial citizens were active in churches. Change came after 1776, so that, in one common estimate, church participation jumped from 17 percent to 34 percent between 1776 and 1850. A better past, more illuminating for comparison in present concerns, is between the early 1960s, when participation crested, and today.

read the rest: Church Affiliation Colonial and Now by Martin E. Marty.

Feminist Theologians Don’t Like Our Vagina Limericks

I’d be interested in you reading post:

The very tradition of the limerick comes freighted with bawdy sexual references, most often at the expense of women’s sexual agency and subjectivity. Thus, compromising the effort from the outset.

Read the rest here. Please leave me your thoughts.

Whom I’m Voting For, and Why

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Let me note, I write this post not telling you for whom to vote. Nor do I think that you (or I) have an obligation to disclose our votes. A secret ballot is a cornerstone of our democracy.

I disclose my prospective votes today to offer them up for discussion. So, read them, then have at it:

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Tim Tebow Trademarks ‘Tebowing’

We all know that you can’t print the word “Threepeat” on a t-shirt without paying Pat Riley. Well, now you cannot drop to a knee, put your fist to your forehead, and pray, without potentially being sued by Tim Tebow. How they will enforce, this, I have no idea:

Dropping to a knee like Tim Tebow might cost you now.

The New York Jets backup quarterback has officially trademarked “Tebowing,” the move in which he goes down on one knee and holds a clenched fist against his forehead while praying during games. After Tebow led the Denver Broncos to a series of fourth-quarter comeback victories last season, “Tebowing” swept the country — with actor Robert Downey Jr. even doing it at the Oscars.

Read the rest: Tim Tebow prevails in trademarking ‘Tebowing’.


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