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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…

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…

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…

Robert Dale Owen on Romans 13

Folks interested in freethinking heritage may enjoy this. This is perhaps the first notable example of a freethinker using the revolution/Romans 13 argument, claiming the Founding for anti-biblical principles. Plenty of devout Christians during the American Founding thought the revolution sinfully broke Romans 13. And for that and other reasons they remained loyalists. As he…

This new tool from Google Labs graphs the usage rate trend for words used in books that have been scanned into the Google Library. You can graph multiple words by inserting a comma between them. H/T – The Daily Dish

Reading Lolita in Tehran

I was out of the office and on the road all day today, and part of it was spent in a college town. I live in a small town that is nearly an hour to the nearest bookstore, so I took the opportunity to stop into one and pick up Azar Nafisi’s book Reading Lolita…