Category Archives: Evangelicals

In Photos

Move over Sarah Palin – Aimee Semple McPherson was there long before you – doing the same thing with much more flair. Angelus Temple The Evangelist The Parsonage This is where the flamboyant Christian Right started, right here in Los … Continue reading

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Understanding American Enthusiasms

It was the radical sixties – college days – and some of us were stuck in the middle of Ohio. There was no trekking off to San Francisco with flowers in our hair – whoever had a car could get … Continue reading

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Orwell’s Nose

If you’re going to be a good, well-informed citizen – they say our democracy depends on that – you do need to figure out when you’re being sold a bill of goods. You do know you’re not supposed to believe … Continue reading

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Come Sunday

Duke Ellington’s Come Sunday is rather wonderful – click on the link and let this version play in the background. It’ll set the right mood. It’s lazy Sunday afternoon music, tinged with echoes of the gospel hymns from the morning … Continue reading

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On Drinking Bleach

It’s just a given – values voters, as they are called, vote Republican, even if voting Republican in not in their economic interest at all. That’s what that Thomas Frank book, What’s the Matter with Kansas, was all about. The … Continue reading

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The Morning After

You’re in New Orleans on that Wednesday morning after that Tuesday night – the sun is rising on the first day of Lent, the morning after Mardi Gras, the streets full of litter, and, as usual in the morning, the … Continue reading

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Not the Age of Reason

Let’s go way back – The Age of Reason: Being an Investigation of True and Fabulous Theology was that deistic thing written by Thomas Paine – he excoriates institutionalized religion and challenges the inerrancy of the Bible. It was published … Continue reading

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