Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Jon Rowe

Jon Rowe here. A little while ago I refuted this article by Bryan Fischer that claimed America’s Founders as evangelical Christians. I’m not sure if he’s replying to me in this article (rather he replies to some unnamed secularist whom he insults); but he doubles down on an error all too commonly made by Christian…

Jon Rowe here. James Hanley and I co-authored a policy brief for the above named institute on Muslims and the Founding Fathers which may interest you. The discussion always continues on America’s Founders and religion at American Creation and you may specifically discuss this policy brief here.

John Fea’s New Book

Jon Rowe here. Ed gave me permission to pop in now and then and alert you all to things I think are important. The book was delivered yesterday to my house. I’ve been having fun leafing through it. I really like what I see so far and hope it becomes a “standard bearer” in the…

Later

I see Ed is back so my services are no longer needed. Many thanks to him and you for the opportunity to reach a wider audience. Check out my regular blogging at the League of Ordinary Gentlemen and American Creation. If I can get one last plug in. I was going reboot this post on…

George Washington v. Fundamentalists

On the Swedenborgs. From a modern fundamentalist website:

Jefferson, Freemasonry, & the Illuminati

We’ve oft-heard “the Founders were all Freemasons.” Well, no. Many of the Founders were Freemasons. George Washington was. Ben Franklin was. Thomas Jefferson, from what I have studied, was not. Yet, Freemasonry perfectly resonated with Jefferson’s beliefs and that of the American Founding as a whole. Freemasonry was generally monotheistic. It was also, alas, bigoted…

The Universalists On Elihu Palmer

Elihu Palmer was a notable Founding Father who veered more towards the “Deist” side than any of the “key Founders” including Jefferson. The text notes Palmer became head of the “Columbian Illuminati.” Pretty cool. Or perhaps pretty cool name for a band. A book about Universalism published in 1884 details some of his theological journey…

Fingers

This was a good movie. The whole movie was not, alas, as good as the below scene. But, how could it have been? The movie, in addition, features a lot of character actors “before” you knew them. An aside, the nerve of that guy; did he really think “Summertime, Summertime” didn’t go with his shrimp?

Bones Grow Together!

And start thankin’ God. Seriously, check out the 35 second mark in this video of a Robert Tilton “faith healing” (part of the Prime Time Live debunking I alluded to last post). After pastor Bob commands the fellow’s broken bones to “GROW TOGETHER,” he tells the guy to move his arms around and thank God.…

Before He Was the Farting Preacher

Robert Tilton made a LOT of $$ conning people. That is until Diane Sawyer and ABC’s “Prime Time Live” took him down circa 1991. I remember it when it all went down (I was about 18). It was very amusing and YouTube kindly reproduces much of the drama. My favorite was Tilton’s one hour mea…