Atheist Kitsch

From First Thoughts

Kitsch in the church can be a source of constant embarrassment or humor, not mutually exclusive categories, for my Christian students. Whenever they get too discouraged I point out to them that any large movement will attract all kinds of people.One should be careful not to be a snob and merely . . . . Continue Reading »

On Culture Wars

From First Thoughts

A Christian who is also a conservative and a citizen tries to love God by loving his brothers and sisters. He does not confuse those loves, but serves the family and the state as best he can.This post on the culture war is confused, I think.It declares war on a man of straw or at best it boldly . . . . Continue Reading »

Where God is Certainly Not a Republican

From First Thoughts

For some bizarre reason Republicans in the New York 23rd decided to nominate a candidate who is happily pro-choice and against traditional marriage. This is because the New York Republican Party is so successful that it can afford to drive out many of its natural constituencies. (Nominated in a . . . . Continue Reading »

A New Award

From First Thoughts

I would suggest a “Some Of Our Best Friends” Award for those blogs or political organizations that partly depend on evangelical votes or money, but in fact feature few if any evangelicals.They can be relied on to say, “Some of our best friends are evangelicals. . . ” but can . . . . Continue Reading »

In Praise of Fun

From First Thoughts

Matt Anderson suggests that pop culture isn’t that interesting or durable, but these are not the only values a thing can have. Dare I say that a film, book, or project can have value by “merely” being entertaining?It might come as a shock to most Americans, but life  is not . . . . Continue Reading »