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Posted inTech

The internet is lethal. That class I took in 1995 didn’t mention it.

Reading Time: 6 minutes I remember way back in 1995 I took a nontraditional local college class on “the Internet,” then a curious new tech phenomenon emerging from the womb in barely post-fetal form. I had no idea then that this seemingly miraculous invention would become as exponentially huge—and potentially dangerous to the health of Americans and our republic—as […]

Posted inRacial justice

Uproar over Critical Race Theory is a modern ‘Red Scare’

Reading Time: 6 minutes The quote below is apropos today for Kristi Noem, the governor of my state, South Dakota, and a visceral “critical race theory” opponent: “Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last?” This famous and consequential retort was leveled against rabid anti-communist U.S. Sen. Joseph McCarthy (R-Wisconsin) on June 9, 1954, by Joseph N. […]

Posted inReligion

The Real Tipping Point of Christian Dominance (Already Came and Went)

Reading Time: 9 minutes Hi and welcome back! Yesterday, we talked about Thom Rainer’s assertion in 2018 that American evangelical churches had found themselves at a ‘tipping point.’ He thought that if those churches didn’t get on the stick (and pay him a whopping lot of money for his silly revitalization services), then American Christianity would fade to irrelevance just […]

Posted inReligion

More Hardcore Than Thou: The Allure of Weird Christianity

Reading Time: 8 minutes Hi and welcome back! For a while now, I’ve watched an interesting trend develop in American culture: Weird Christianity. By this term I don’t mean far-out cults and bizarre sects, though they’re certainly part of it. Nor do I mean something that only evangelicals do, though they certainly do participate in it. I mean more like […]

Posted inReligion

False Accusations in Jesus-Land in ‘This Present Darkness’ (LSP #150, Ch. 30)

Reading Time: 7 minutes Hi and welcome back! It being Monday, we turn our attention to Frank Peretti’s cringefest 1986 novel, This Present Darkness. In this installment, we discover the literal only reason that anybody ever accuses TRUE CHRISTIANS™ of serious crimes. Today, Lord Snow Presides over the theology of false accusations in toxic Christianity. (Please click here to find […]

Posted inUncategorized

Promise and Peril: Lyman Stone’s Galaxy-Brained Solutions to Decline

Reading Time: 10 minutes Yesterday, we examined a big report by conservative culture warrior Lyman Stone on behalf of American Enterprise Institute (AEI). He had a lot of things to say about the decline of Christianity in America, and I detected a constant theme of fearmongering and potential exaggeration throughout his work. We’ve already covered what his assertions are. Now, here’s my assertion: Lyman Stone needs his target audience to be scared enough to buy his product, because ordinarily they’d recognize what a bad idea that’d be. 

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