Seven Ways to Engage the Culture

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Faithful Presence: Seven Disciplines That Shape the Church for Mission by David Fitch (IVP, 2016). Is there a way to be the church that engages the world, not by judgment nor accommodation but by becoming the good news in our culture?   We have lost the intent and practice of the sacramental ways of the historic church, […]

Religion Clause 2016 Top Ten

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Top Ten Religious Liberty and Church-State Developments of 2016: Howard Friedman picks the most important church-state and religious liberty developments of the past year.  “This was a busy year, and a number of the important developments amounted to themes that spanned many months.  So here are my Top Ten picks for the rather chaotic year that […]

An Inventory of God Substitutes

Social Sciences

Varieties of Religious Experience: Ross Douthat provides a convenient list of current popularized notions about God, gods, and other versions of the numinous.  Useful for the sociology of religion, apologetics, world religion, intro to philosophy, or introducing William James’ original book.

Religious Liberty, 2017

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The Religious-Liberty Showdowns Coming in 2017: In 2017, Trump’s administration—backed by a Republican-controlled Congress—will take up pending religious-liberty questions in all three branches of government. Every issue will come saddled with this fundamental conflict: Some groups’ claims to religious liberty may necessarily involve curtailing the rights of others.

God and Mammon, cont.


The Joy of Things and the Trap of Excess: An ethicist and an anthropologist ask, How much is too much?  This article reviews two new books on whether we own our possessions or they own us. Both understand material goods and consumption as not inherently evil. Our things can be a means of encountering the divine, “the […]

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