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Charles Taylor on The History of American Secularism

Philosopher Charles Taylor:

Socialism, the Death of America

“Socialism and the redistribution of wealth is a fundamentally wrong-thinking, anti-freedom, anti-American idea. Nowhere in history has it worked. It destroys nations. Why do our leaders keep moving us in this direction? Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness CANNOT happen when you limit, confiscate, and redistribute ownership and property through central government – societies […]

A forgotten response to the problem of evil

Edgar Brightman 1919-1953 John Dewey asks the question; “Is the universe friendly to man?” There any number of ways of approaching the question. We could begin by asking whether our moral strivings, ideals, hopes and aspirations have any grounding in anything beyond our desires. Is there something about the world that can validate what we […]

Why Not Everyone Should be Christian : An Alternative Vision of Evangelism.

This could be taken as a remarkable statement to make as a Christian pastor. But I don’t wish for a world where everyone converted to Christianity. This isn’t because I don’t want everyone to be saved, it’s just that I don’t think being a Christian saves anyone. If we are to meaningfully talk about salvation, […]

Homegrown Liberal Protestant

The picture is from Christmas 1977. I’m in the back row, second from the left under the candles. It’s a program of a Lutheran congregation in Billings MT, a predecessor to the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, or ELCA. While I lived in a range of families since I was in foster care, my primary […]

“Clothe Yourself in Righteousness”…but Maybe Not Clothes.

Over the last week, I have been enjoying the Quaker-inspired songs of Jon Watts. He is a mixture of rap and folk. In many ways, it is more sermon than anything else. This one is title “Clothe Yourself in Righteousness.”