Monthly Archives: June 2012

Bad Religion-Apocalypticism and Messianism

Yesterday, I went back and corrected several typos in my posts on Ross Douthat’s Bad Religion. For some reason I had his name as Russ instead of Ross. I hate it when somebody gets my name wrong, so I feel … Continue reading

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In Germany!!!

In practice this would outlaw Judaism–again. “Circumcising young boys on religious grounds amounts to grievous bodily harm, a German court ruled Tuesday in a landmark decision that the Jewish community said trampled on parents’ religious rights.”

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Bad Religion-the spirituality of navel gazing

Ross Douthat read Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love. Better him than me. The story seems unreadably vapid to me. But he uses it to start talking about the spirituality of the “God Within”.  Gilbert, according to Douthat, tells about how she wanted … Continue reading

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Bad Religion-The Prosperity Gospel

Next Ross Douthat analyzes the prosperity gospel as a form of bad religion or heresy. He starts and finishes with Joel Osteen In between he goes through the history in America of the idea that God gives wealth to the faithful. … Continue reading

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Bad Religion-the conspiracy-theory Jesus

Ross Douthat in his Bad Religion shows that what many Americans not only believe but want to believe about the historical Jesus is nonsense. Among the cases he presents are these. Around Easter 2006 the National Geographic Society hyped the … Continue reading

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Bad Religion-heresy

The subtitle of Ross Douthat’s Bad Religion is How We Became a Nation of Heretics. The obvious implication is that heresy and bad religion are the same thing. But that is not exactly what Douthat says. He thinks America works … Continue reading

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Bad Religion-Accomodation and Resistance

Ross Douthat in Bad Religion talks about the two responses some Christians made to the falling apart of American religious consensus of the 1950s. One was accommodation and the other was resistance. These terms substitute for liberal and conservative for … Continue reading

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