May 15, 2022

Jesus and Roy Rogers I recently here responded critically to an interview with Kristin Kobes Du Mez, arguing here that she only told one side of the story of white, American evangelicalism and that my experience, as a boy and youth growing up in “the thick” of white American evangelicalism did not fit exactly how she described it. Or at least that there is another side to the story that she told the interviewer. All along I intended to read... Read more

May 13, 2022

A Strange Thought Experiment in Ethics *Note: If you choose to comment, make sure your comment is civil and respectful to the conversational ethos of this blog. Harsh, vicious, insulting comments will not be posted here. If you post a comment, make sure it is on topic and responds to what I wrote. Respond to me only. Do not misrepresent at what I wrote. Do not misuse my blog as a forum for your own views not directly related to... Read more

May 12, 2022

Review of “God in Motion” and Thoughts about “Open Theism” Thanks to Baylor University Press which sent me a complimentary review copy of “God in Motion: A Critical Exploration of the Open Theism Debate” by Swiss theologian Manuel Schmid (translated by Alex Englander) (2021). Here I will not even attempt to summarize the book. I will just say (for now) that anyone really interested in the doctrine of God and especially the concept of God’s “openness” to new knowledge and... Read more

May 10, 2022

Remembering “My” Evangelicalism I grew up in the “thick” of white American evangelicalism in the 1950s through the 1970s. It did NOT include Southern Baptists who, although geographically present, generally declined to participate in evangelical cooperative programs or events. I grew up in the Upper Midwest but knew many evangelicals from around the country, especially the Eastern Central, Great Plains, Rocky Mountains and West Coast regions of the country. (Not many from the Northeast, East Coast, or Southern regions.) Only... Read more

May 7, 2022

A Response to Kristen Du Mez : Jesus and John Wayne *Note to would-be commenters: If you choose to post a comment here, make sure it is on topic, relatively brief, and civil in language and temperament. Do not include any links or photos.* I admit that I have not yet read Kristen Du Mez’s book “Jesus and John Wayne.” I plan to. However, I have watched the following Youtube interview with Du Mez: “Kristen Du Mez: How Evangelicals Corrupted... Read more

May 5, 2022

What to Do…Subterranean Theology Part 2 *Note to would-be commenters: If you choose to respond with a comment, please make sure it is relatively brief and very much on topic. Also, make sure it is not argumentative or hostile. Do not misrepresent anything I wrote; do not put word in my mouth. Do not include any links or photos.* This is the promised follow up to my immediately preceding blog essay about what I call “subterranean theology”—control beliefs that are... Read more

May 2, 2022

Subterranean Theology: Controversies that Cannot Be Settled by the Bible *Note to would-be commenters: If you choose to respond with a comment, make sure it is on topic, civil and respectful, calm and kind. Do not attempt to misuse my blog to promote your own alternative belief systems. This blog is not a discussion board; it is a place for me to share my opinions and engage in constructive dialogue with others. Do not include links or photos. Do not... Read more

April 30, 2022

A Better Documentary about America Evangelicals *Note to would-be commenters: If you choose to comment here, please make sure your comment is: relatively brief, not hostile or argumentative, and on point (relative to the post to which you are responding). Do not misrepresent what I have written and do not attempt to misuse my blog to promote your own alternative worldview, philosophy, theology, whatever. Do not include any links or photos.* Recently I complained here about a documentary about American... Read more

April 28, 2022

Are “Fanatics” Increasingly Shaping America? *Note to would-be commenters: Know that this is not a discussion board; it is a moderated blog the purpose which is to share my “musings” and invite feedback that is civil, respectful, on topic, calm and kind. If you post a comment, please keep it relatively brief and definitely on topic. Don’t misuse my blog as your own platform to promote alternative philosophies, worldviews, theologies, opinions. Don’t include any links or photos in your comment... Read more

April 26, 2022

An Almost Forgotten Evangelical Movement and Theology: Keswick *Note to would-be commenters: If you choose to post a comment here, know that I only approve and post comments that are on topic, not hostile or argumentative, are relatively brief, and are civil and no respectful. Do not include in your comment any links or photos.* Recently my wife and I watched a travelogue about Great Britain’s “Lake District.” The presenter went to several towns and villages and showed Keswick as... Read more


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