It’s hard to say in what, exactly, our elected representatives believe. Oh, this Congress got all sorts of attention for running, and winning, on a tea partyish platform of ideological purity, but when it comes to belief belief—in the cosmic stuff, last things and first scriptural principles—they’re a distinctly squishy bunch.
They are, like the country they represent, majority Protestant, according to a new study by the Pew Forum for Religion and Public Life. But as is the case with the country’s broader Protestant profile, it’s hard to say what, beyond a general feel-good affinity for Jesus, that faith entails. Not surprisingly, the 112th Congress includes stronger [...]
10) Federal Vision
9) Presuppositional Apology
8) Unconditional Election
7) Infralapsarian reprobation
University of Toronto sociologist Scott Schieman suggests that higher economic status does not necessarily preclude a belief in God, particularly among those who regularly participate in religious activities, but that "a close association between conservative, reactionary politics and religion is driving better educated Americans away from church," a phenomenon he dubs "the Sarah Palin effect." [Via]
"Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against thee in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. For the sake of thy Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us, because we'll probably do it again tomorrow."
Lent is tough for a teenager. From the pulpit, your pastor encourages you to give until it hurts, reminding the congregation in booming tones that no sacrifice is too small or too noble. After mass he says to you, "Jesus subsisted in the desert for 40 days off pure grace," his hand resting on your shoulder, light as a cinder block. Inspired (or [...]
Ross Douthat goes after what he calls "Hollywood's religion of choice" in the Times today: "Avatar is [James] Cameron's long apologia for pantheism-a faith that equates God with Nature, and calls humanity into religious communion with the natural world." Describing pantheism as "a form of religion that even atheists can support," he argues that it doesn't offer humans the "escape upward" into immortality that he believes is the reason religion exists.
UPDATE: Alberto CutiÃƒÂ©, the popular priest known as "Father Oprah" who got into trouble when he was snapped grabbing the ass of a sultry ladyfriend on a Florida beach, has left the Catholic church and plans to become an Episcopalian minister. He also may marry the assgrabee.Happy endings!