Open Forum: Eric Metaxas Sticks with Trump

In a Wall Street Journal op-ed out today, Eric Metaxas continues to confuse his audience by his support for Donald Trump.His op-ed reminded me of this observation by Mark Noll: The scandal of the evangelical mind is that there is not much of an evangelical mind. As a serious defense of a vote for Trump, Metaxas fails on nearly every front. He isn't entirely factual, he inflates the flaws of Clinton and minimizes and avoids the flaws of Trump, his reasoning is flawed, and he continues to … [Read more...]

Eric Metaxas: Donald Trump Speaks Hyperbolically and Shouldn’t Be Taken Literally

According to Eric Metaxas, people who oppose Trump have taken him at his word and that is a mistake.Really.Read what he told Justin Brierley with Premier Christianity (UK). Brierley: I think they would also point to some of his polices, like banning Muslims from entering the USMetaxas: What fascinates me is how everyone takes him literally, and they don’t seem to understand that he has always spoken hyperbolically and impressionistically. That’s what he does. The idea that he is a ra … [Read more...]

What’s Wrong with a Protest Vote?

James Dobson, who is this year supporting Donald Trump, voted for Howard Phillips instead of the GOP nominee Bob Dole in 1996. This year various Christian leaders want all Christians to fall in line behind Donald Trump. Janet Porter is the latest far right crusader who exhorts Christians to vote for Trump.Theology professor Wayne Grudem told us voting for Trump is a moral choice. In 1998, Grudem raised a standard for elective office that he has now repudiated. This year Dobson isn't … [Read more...]

An Answer to Wayne Grudem about Donald Trump and What is Best for the Nation

Last week, theology professor Wayne Grudem created quite a stir with an essay declaring his belief that “voting for Trump is a morally good choice.” In this rebuttal, I argue in opposition to his position.It is important to note at the beginning that Grudem has opined on moral issues surrounding presidential behavior in the past. In 1998 along with over 150 Christian scholars, Grudem signed the “Declaration concerning religion, ethics, and the crisis in the Clinton presidency.” In that docume … [Read more...]

Actor James Woods Gets In On The Fake Quote Fun With A Fake Hillary Quote

So James Woods appears to be a none of the above type. Anyway, he posted this on Twitter.Read this. Twice.— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) July 31, 2016A quick search of the book reveals no such quote. Snopes has already been there.@RealJamesWoods @ChortlesWeakly Fake quote— Warren Throckmorton (@wthrockmorton) August 1, 2016Crazy season is just getting started. … [Read more...]

Did Hillary Clinton Plagiarize Alexis de Tocqueville?

Tonight in her speech, Hillary Clinton said: But here's the sad truth: There is no other Donald Trump...This is it. And in the end, it comes down to what Donald Trump doesn't get: that America is great – because America is good. Did she plagiarize de Tocqueville? No, because de Tocqueville didn't say that. According John Pitney in the Weekly Standard: These lines are uplifting and poetic. They are also spurious. Nowhere do they appear in Democracy in America, or anywhere else in T … [Read more...]

Evangelical Trump Supporters: Why Do You Trust Trump When He Breaks His Promises?

During the primary season, Donald Trump told the press he would release his tax returns when his IRS audit was complete. The IRS then said nothing prevented him from releasing them just as other presidential candidates have done for decades.Now Trump through his spokesman Paul Manafort has again said he will not release them. This statement comes in light of allegations that Trump has a financial connection to Russian power brokers.For me, this raises an important question for … [Read more...]

Hillary’s Emails and the Case of Navy Man Bryan Nishimura

It appears all but certain that Hillary Clinton will not face federal charges over her "extremely careless" handling of emails. FBI Director Comey gave her a stern public reprimand but that came with no recommendations for other consequences. Comey also asserted that no prosecutor would take up her case with the set of facts as the FBI had uncovered them. He may be right. However, others have done very similar things and been prosecuted. One such case is Bryan Nishimura.Nishimura, a Navy … [Read more...]