John Quincy Adams, as a Calvinistic Christian, was open to the notion that John Milton, Homer and Virgil were divinely inspired along the same grounds he believed the inspired parts of the biblical canon were. He also endorsed the notion of a “partially inspired” biblical canon.
This started off as a joke when I proposed it; now I’m serious and think it would make for a good course.
Ross Douthat Should Do Something Else Instead
In her essays, the award-winning novelist examines the significance, past, present, and future, of America’s missing Religious Left.
Transgenderism is not some new crazy phenomenon coming out of the modern demented, decadent, relativistic West mind. Let’s look at how other cultures view this.
Conservatism stresses deference to the unseen. Trump rejects that out of hand, and he’s on the verge of the Republican nomination. What happened?
How does Marcion, an early church father, who like Arius was one of the earliest notable heretics, relate to the Christian-Deism that arose in England and America during the Enlightenment period of the American Founding. That’s what I am trying to figure out here.
The tension between Kiryas Joel and Monroe, NY continues.
Trying to do a better job of recognizing abundance.
…[T]he polls are not so hard to make sense of if we recognize that evangelicals are motivated by more than emulating the virtues of Christ. Many, if not most, are also motivated by fighting the evils of Satan. While Cruz may better understand the doctrinal origins of that conflict, the two men locate the forces…
Biologist Jerry Coyne has managed to write what might be the worst book yet published in the New Atheist genre…
I’m super-interested in this book, just like Bill Clinton is and John Adams and Thomas Jefferson probably would have been.
For those wishing for happy endings, his thesis is probably too good to be true.
This Week: Terror, Immigration, Politics, Health, Religion, and Family!
Post hoc, ergo propter hoc.
Maybe not, but it does need community binding meta-narratives to succeed on a meaningful scale.
Trying to solve the dilemmas posed by Sola Scriptura can lead to interesting implications for philosophy, politics, law and society.
Guest Author T. Greer eulogizes the neglect of our literary heritage in contemporary rhetoric.
Is dueling compatible with traditional historic Christianity? Folks with whom Alexander sought communion after being shot didn’t think so and challenged the dying man accordingly.
What does it mean to be a “Christian”? That question seems (to some) as relevant today as it was during the American Founding.
A surface scratching inquiry into objective notions of truth.
Was America founded to be a “republic,” revolutionary France a “democracy”? No. What are the supposed differences David Barton fabricated? Find out.
Reflecting on the baptism of my daughter into the Catholic Church.
I would describe my faith as “Quakerish.”
Pascal wrote, “Too much and too little wine. Give him none, he cannot find truth; give him too much, the same,” so I recommend a reading this with a drink or two.
An indulgence in what would be an act of political courage and principle, if it were to actually take place, which we all know it will not.
How do we know what’s ultimately true? Especially in a religious sense. This is where I am currently.
This essay is about reading gay porn before class. And it resurrects an Ideological Outrage Of The Day from 2012. And a graphic novel. And striking out romantically. And Richard Dawkins.
Some historic Christian centers (and people!) were part of the collateral damage of the nuclear bomb dropped on Nagasaki 70 years ago today.
Jon Rowe examines the concept of God through the lens of 18th Century American notions of “benevolence” with a special focus on Emmanuel Swedenborg.
Learn a little about Emanuel Swedenborg, whose ideas interested among others Immanuel Kant.
I’ve never done this before — promoted my own comment, that is. But I think I got a pretty decent thought out there.
Jon Rowe notes author Matthew Stewart’s piece on America’s Founders’ cosmic beliefs and considers some present day implications for science, technology and religion.
Jon Rowe examines how David Barton misleads while he attacks better credentialed scholars.
Jon Rowe wonders how a national right to same sex marriage might affect the religious consciences of those who disagree with such.
Jon Rowe ponders the cosmic implications of Islam and Mormonism, and their cosmic relationship to Christianity.