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The Right’s “Judeo-Christian” Fixation | The New Republic
book  review  history  rhetoric  religion  christian  judaism  american-studies 
november 2019 by tsuomela
Sarah Palin: Anti-Christian « The Dish
"If you want a classic example of political Christianism – and its active hostility to spiritual Christianity – it’s hard to beat Sarah Palin’s remarks yesterday. I offered a brief response last night, but this obscenity needs to be unpacked some more. And the first thing to say is that a former US vice-presidential candidate did not just endorse a war crime; she endorsed it as routine for every human being suspected of terrorism. "
torture  war  christian  conservative  neoconservatism  foreign-policy  republicans 
april 2014 by tsuomela
Mike Warnke and Marriage Equality | slacktivist
"And that leads us to the third motivation, the least innocent of the bunch and also, I think, the dominant factor. Warnke’s stories allowed his audience to pretend that they were righteous and heroic — better than others. The worse they pretended those others were, the better they could pretend to feel about themselves. Call it self-righteous indignation or Melon Morality, it’s an intoxicating and addictive drug."
evangelical  christian  belief  superior  psychology  ideology  satanism 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Brian D. McLaren: Good Friday Evangelicals
"In my travels, I constantly meet Evangelicals -- especially young Evangelicals -- who feel deeply marginalized and disappointed by their religious heritage. It seems to them to have become the chaplaincy for an alien ideology. The Evangelical movement seems to be moving in the direction of Mammon, not God
evangelical  christian  religion  ideology  poverty 
april 2011 by tsuomela
slacktivist: Why evangelicals like Christine O'Donnell sometimes claim to have explored becoming a Hare Krishna even though they never did
That is what this "Hare Krishna" business from O'Donnell is about. It's a tactic for discounting and dismissing the competition. She doesn't want to say that her evangelical faith is all she's ever known because she worries that might leave her vulnerable to the accusation that she simply doesn't know any different or any better. So she tries to head this off by making the implausible sweeping claim that she's test-driven them all -- that she's experimented with every religion and found her own faith to be the best and only satisfactory alternative.
This claim of supposedly comprehensive experience also doesn't really carry the authoritative weight that those making it seem to think it does. What is intended to come across as experienced, expert and worldly wise instead just seems indicative of spiritual inconstancy, inconsistency and incontinence.
evangelical  religion  fundamentalism  christian  faith  experience 
october 2010 by tsuomela
Addiction In The Heartland - The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan
The core element of Christianism and Islamism is denial: denial of a diverse world, denial of history, denial of science, denial of secular authority in favor of an ever-more rigid ideology, conveyed directly into the bloodstream through the web or FNC or other propaganda outlets.
denial  politics  religion  christian  conservatism  evangelical 
january 2010 by tsuomela
Hong Kierkegaard Library, St. Olaf College
The Library is a special collection of St. Olaf College which serves anyone interested in the writings and ideas of Søren Kierkegaard, the 19th-century Danish philosopher, and related thinkers. T
library  kierkegaard  soren  philosophy  19c  existentialism  commentary  criticism  religion  spirituality  christian  school(StOlaf)  minnesota 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Forgetting Reinhold Niebuhr - New York Times
Niebuhr brilliantly applied the tragic insights of Augustine and Calvin to moral and political issues. He poured out his thoughts in a stream of powerful books, articles and sermons. His major theological work was his two-volume "Nature and Destiny of Man" (1941, 1943). The evolution of his political thought can be traced in three influential books: "Moral Man and Immoral Society" (1932)
philosophy  politics  religion  christian  about(ReinholdNiebuhr)  review  by(ArthurSchlesingerJr) 
january 2009 by tsuomela
Adventus: Still Forgetting Reinhold Niebuhr
The idea of "national innocence" comes closer to Niebuhr's true subject in Moral Man and straight through to Irony. Innocence is the idea that relives us of responsibility. Innocence relieves us of the consenquences for our actions, because our hearts (we tell ourselves) are pure. Elie writes of the neocons and theocons who rally 'round Niebuhr's flag, all of whom prooftext his writings and ignore statements that Arthur Schlesinger finds:

"A democracy," Niebuhr said, "cannot of course engage in an explicit preventive war,"
american  culture  american-studies  religion  christian  innocence  politics  about(ReinholdNiebuhr) 
january 2009 by tsuomela
Dark Christianity
Dark Christianity
Exploring and Exposing Dominionist Christianity
religion  politics  culture  christian  community  livejournal 
june 2007 by tsuomela
AlterNet: The Radical Christian Right Is Built on Suburban Despair
The engine that drives the radical Christian Right in the United States, the most dangerous mass movement in American history, is not religiosity, but despair.
religion  america  history  christian 
january 2007 by tsuomela

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