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Bad Religion-possibilities for better religion

Over the weekend I finished Ross Douthat’s Bad Religion. His final chapter is a conclusion, in which he admits pessimism but looks for scenario’s where better religion could have a positive effect in America. Maybe there a chance that the … Continue reading

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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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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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Bad Religion-The Locust Years

I read the chapter in Ross Douthat’s book, Bad Religion, where he analyzes the decline of institutional and traditional Christianity since the mid twentieth century. He calls that chapter The Locust Years. The outcome of the post-WWII religious revival led by figures … Continue reading

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Bad religion-the lost world

We had good religion in the 1950s. That simplification of an idea of Douthat’s has drawn a lot of criticism in reviews. I wonder, though, if everyone who knocks this idea understands what Douthat said. He profiles major religious leaders … Continue reading

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Bad Religion

I have begun to read Ross Douthat’s new book Bad Religion. (Nothing to do with the band.) He writes opinion for the New York Times. That is one reason this book kind of surprised me. Douthat does not believe all … Continue reading

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