December 8, 2023

Progressives, whether liberals or revolutionary Marxists, used to believe that we were progressing towards a utopia. No more. Now progressive ideology offers no way out of the cycles of power and oppression. The Left now practices resistance and subversion for their own sake. Ashley Frawley calls this "the new progressive nihilism," and says it explains the left's celebration of Hamas atrocities.

December 8, 2023

Trump has been insulting evangelicals and attacking pro-lifers, refusing to support nation-wide limits, let alone a ban, on abortion. Some key evangelical leaders have turned against him. Do you think any of this will dent evangelicals' support for Trump?

December 7, 2023

Since religion is natural to human beings, it will persist even after formal religious institutions decline. So says Philip Jenkins, drawing on his research into "lived religion." But can there be a non-institutional Christianity? What would that look like? Jesus, however, founded a church.

December 6, 2023

A judge has ruled that not taking federal funds does not exempt a nonprofit from being subject to federal regulations.  This is because tax exempt status is the equivalent of a government subsidy. At the center of the case is a Lutheran high school and Hillsdale College.

December 5, 2023

"Advent" comes from the Latin words for "comes to," so the season is about how Christ "comes to" us.  So it has reference to Christmas, His first coming, but it also has reference to the End Times, His second coming.  And it has reference to the fact that Christ comes to us now, in Word and Sacrament.

December 4, 2023

The word of the year, the end of Popular Science, and the Transgender Day of Remembrance.

December 1, 2023

Children raised in two-parent families are much more likely to attend church when they grow up. So much so that the decline of marriage in favor of of single-parent households may account for the decline in church affiliation. So says J. P. De Gance, drawing on his research.

December 1, 2023

This weekend, to lighten the mood and cheer ourselves up, let's not have a serious discussion.  Instead, I invite you to post funny stuff. That is to say, jokes, memes, anecdotes, quips, parodies, snark, videos, links, satires, dad jokes, mom jokes, pulpit jokes, comedian lines, quotes--whatever makes you, and thus probably your fellow Cranachers, laugh.

November 30, 2023

Young and upcoming members of the clergy are overwhelmingly "conservative/orthodox," with almost none of them describing themselves as "progressive."  At least that's the case--and a big turnaround--among Catholic priests.  I suspect that's also true in other churches.

November 29, 2023

The brutal attacks by Hamas on Israeli civilians were shocking.  Also shocking was the cheering of many Americans and Europeans--not just Arab immigrants but also college professors, teenagers, and the non-Jewish progressive left--to those attacks. Gabriel Brahm, with the help of René Girard, helps us understand why radicals love violence.

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