Posted inSecularism

Christian nationalists: Jesus must rule U.S. government

Reading Time: 4 minutes A disturbing New York Times article about the increasing fusion of U.S. evangelical Christianity and right-wing politics reveals a growing aspirational narrative thrusting Jesus front and center in American government. It is the opposite of what America’s founding fathers envisioned for their new, secularly governed democratic republic based on Enlightenment values. Yet, fundamentalist Christians since […]

Posted inReligion

New research says: Most Americans love God but ignore his impotence

Reading Time: 4 minutes (Writer’s note: If you’d like to receive emailed links to each of my columns when posted, please sign up here.) A recent Pew Research Center survey on U.S. attitudes toward the so-called “problem of evil” (and implied divine impotence) brightly underscores how the perpetuating power of religious indoctrination continues into the 21st century to corrupt […]

Posted inReligion

Progressive White Evangelicals?

Reading Time: < 1 minute Is there such a thing? Well, and interestingly, yes. And what is worth a debate is that their views are more coherent, arguably, with what Jesus actually (well, supposedly actually) stood for: Stay in touch! Like A Tippling Philosopher on Facebook: A Tippling Philosopher Please support by sharing or donating, or both! You can buy me a […]

Posted inPhilosophy

Biblical Hermeneutic Circularity

Reading Time: 2 minutes Hermeneutics – interpretative methods and theory, particularly regarding the Bible – is fraught with issue. It depends where you start off. For Christians, they often start off with the idea of making the Bible say what they want it to say. This underwrites their confirmation bias. Let’s look at article 3 of the Chicago Statement. […]

Posted inEthics

Josh Duggar Arrested by Feds

Reading Time: 4 minutes Reality TV star and all-round awesome conservative evangelical has been arrested. And it looks like it could be serious, considering it’s the feds. People.com report (See the link for the whole piece): In the nearly six years since 19 Kids and Counting was canceled by TLC, Josh Duggar has faced a series of controversies that have rocked him and […]

Posted inUncategorized

Wondering Over Signs and Wonders

Reading Time: 4 minutes This is a great guest piece from the awesome Suzanne Titkemeyer. She used to be a fellow Patheoser and has guested a piece detailing a recent triggering from a (completely insane) video she saw. She has moved to Costa Rica, and you can check out her YouTube channel about her adventures living there. Over to […]

Posted inPolitics

Holy Cosmos! You WHAT? Evangelical Twaddle-Peddling…

Reading Time: < 1 minute Paula White, the presidential spiritual adviser, is nuts. Not just nuts, but properly nuts. This prayer service was led after the election. Watch this, look and listen to her absolute nonsense. After you hear her insanity, you can watch the fascinating montage of her…greater insanity. Of course, she served her purpose for Trump – to […]