Should we compare American Atheism and American Christianity?: An Impromptu Twitter Discussion

The following conversation emerged on Twitter between myself and Per D. Smith, a Ph.D. candidate at Boston University. Check out Per's great stuff over at irritually. Per specializes in studying irreligion and so I sent him a link to a CNN article and, well, click on the storify link and you can see what ensued. … Continue reading Should we compare American Atheism and American Christianity?: An Impromptu Twitter Discussion

The Invention of American Evangelicalism; or, Why Ed Blum is Mad

The following is a cross-post from Religion in American History. Check out the great comments on the original post. (If you're unsure what made Ed mad read this post.) [Update: Ed says he's not mad anymore, just passionate. Also, read this post from Ed where he expands his thoughts on race and evangelicalism. His thoughts echo much … Continue reading The Invention of American Evangelicalism; or, Why Ed Blum is Mad

Things that are still true about American Christianity…

"The new formation [born-again Christianity] was part fundamentalist, part pentecostal, part charismatic, part evangelical, and then something else in a way that none of its parts had been: morally outraged, socially engaged, and routinely politically active." -- Susan Friend Harding, The Book of Jerry Falwell (2000) I was preparing my lesson for Monday's class about … Continue reading Things that are still true about American Christianity…

Not Theology, but Authority: Rob Bell and the Evangelical Institutional Establishment

Note: Originally posted at State of Formation The criticism of Rob Bell's Love Wins is not about theology. It is all about authority. In case you missed the hubbub surrounding Rob Bell's book, Love Wins, I point you to Sara Staely's post where she outlines John Piper and the neo-Calvinist establishment's response to the book. She sums up … Continue reading Not Theology, but Authority: Rob Bell and the Evangelical Institutional Establishment

Less Than Half of Evangelicals Are Tea Partying

The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life has a new analysis of religion and the Tea Party. The whole thing is an interesting read and offers solid evidence for the religious forces driving the movement. Sara Posner and Mark Silk have offered their takes on the findings. One thing jumped out to me: Surveys … Continue reading Less Than Half of Evangelicals Are Tea Partying

Things Sacred & Profane: New FRC study, Star Wars Nativity, and Evangelical Environmentalism

- The conservative Family Research Council is jumping into the indices game. It's soon to be released Index of Family Belonging and Rejection is an attempt to measure the health of families in our society. The study defines an 'intact family' as one where “a child’s birth mother and biological father (were) legally married to … Continue reading Things Sacred & Profane: New FRC study, Star Wars Nativity, and Evangelical Environmentalism