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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…

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…

Merry Unitarian Christmas

Have Yourself a Merry Unitarian Christmas: Numerous articles and blogs have noted the strong case to doubt Christmas’ authentically “Christian” origins. Christ probably wasn’t born on Dec. 25. The Puritans banned the holiday because it wasn’t authentically Christian. And many of its rituals trace to the pagan celebration of the Winter Solstice or Saturnalia. The…

Will “History” Ever End?

Writing in TNR, Mark Lilla informs that intellectuals in China seem genuinely interested in the theories of Carl Schmitt and Leo Strauss. I know more about Strauss than Schmitt. My admiration for the Straussians must be strange. I don’t agree with the Straussian neo-conservatism that wants war abroad and religious conservatism at home. Yet, I…

Peter Lillback and the power of Glenn Beck

I got Peter Lillback’s George Washington’s Sacred Fire (that argues Washington an “orthodox Trinitarian Christian”) when it came out in 2006 and began blogging about it. I don’t know the exact numbers of its original run; I seem to remember it doing well with the “Christian America” crowd (WorldNetDaily et al.). Yet, I never saw…

In Which I Agree With the Worldnutdaily

It doesn’t happen often, but this article appears to be on the money. I couldn’t care less whether the first Muslim Congressman, Keith Ellison, swears in on the Bible, the Quran, or on a copy of Penthouse Forum for that matter. But I do care about theocracy, whether in Christian form or Muslim form, and…

A Weak Defense of Reconstructionism

Christopher Ortiz, editor of the reconstructionist journal Faith for All of Life and communications director for the Chalcedon Foundation, has authored a weakly reasoned defense of reconstructionism. In it, he takes on critics like Chip Berlet and Frederick Clarkson. Ortiz seems to miss completely the real argument against reconstructionism by focusing on tactics rather than…

John Lofton Interviews Roy Moore

Roy Moore was interviewed on the American View radio program with Michael Peroutka and John Lofton recently. It included plenty of crazy and just plain false statements. Like this one, which went unchallenged by the hosts: All Constitutions of every state at some level recognize God, as does the First Amendment of the United States…

John Lofton on Lynne Cheney

Okay, this is just hilarious. A reader left a link to this and I had to move it up here. It’s John Lofton on the Daily Show, being interviewed by Stephen Colbert about a children’s book written by Lynne Cheney. I love the distinction he makes between “ultraconservatives” (like Lynne Cheney) and “oh my god…