Mitt Romney and the Religion of the Middle Class

So we now have Mitt Romney as the Republican nominee for President.  It's an odd thing in many ways, not because the party grandees threw their lot in with him--that's par for the course.  It's odd because they were able to get it past the people who supposedly dominate the party--the "Religious Right", those dreadful …

The Alethians and the Right Angle with David Pope: One Way

(Myrrh MST 6506) 1972 UK One curiosity of Christian records in the "Jesus Music" era are albums where one side is recorded by a different group than the other. A helpful way for two groups to share the cost, it had the added bonus of not requiring one group to come up with more that …

And now a word about the Field Mass…

Last week I took a page from "cassock and surplice" Anglicanism--the funeral of World War I flying ace Manfred "Red Baron" von Richtofen--to show what "1662 BCP" Anglicanism looked like in a celebrated event.  The significance of my slighting the alb was well understood.  So I guess a little "equal time" might be in order.  …

Same-Sex Civil Marriage: Not Quite Ready to Go for Broke

The famous (if unlikely) team of Boies and Olsen are backpedaling on their case to overturn Proposition 8--and establish same-sex civil marriage by national default: The two high-profile lawyers who started the nation’s most significant lawsuit attempting to gain marriage rights for same-sex couples told the Supreme Court on Friday that it might find it very interesting …

The Difference Between Salafis and the Muslim Brotherhood

On a recent edition of Stakelbeck on Terror, he discusses with Tawfik Hamid the difference between the Salafis and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.  (That discussion starts at about 13:30 into the video below). http://dl2.cbn.com/cbnplayer/cbnPlayer.swf?s=/Archive/News/Stakelbeck_Terror_082112_WS Five years ago, I got into an extended email debate with an Indonesian Salafi.  One of the points he tried …

The U.S. and China: Passing Each Other in the Night on Academic Freedom?

Students in China are caught between two systems, one Marxist-Leninist and one capitalist.  The result is this: The curious collision of ideological coercion and material opportunity births a conformity-breeding exhaustion. To resist the constant current of ideological homogeneity requires relentless energy and vigilance: to remember that no matter how compelling the words of the anchor …

The High Price of Anti-Semitism

I've put off writing this piece for a long time.  The subject is sensitive for a number of reasons.  But given the things going on both here, in Europe and the Middle East these days, perhaps it's time to visit this subject, although I'd be the first to admit the example I'm presenting isn't the …

Cassock and Surplice Anglicanism's Finest Hour…

...or at least one of them: the burial of Manfred von Richthofen, the "Red Baron", on 22 April 1918, at Bertangles, France. He was buried by the Australians, as is clear from the uniforms.  I don't know whether the chaplain, doubtless holding the 1662 BCP, was English or Australian, but the Anglican Church in Australia …

The Reformation and Missions: Theology and Doctrine

From J. Herbert Kane's A Concise History of the Christian World Mission: One would naturally expect that the spiritual forces released by the Reformation would have prompted the Protestant churches of Europe to take the gospel to the ends of the earth during the period of world exploration and colonisation which began about 1500.  But …

Federal Agencies and Ammo: Make Sure You Don't Overlook the Important Thing

Federal agencies such as NOAA and the Social Security administration are trying to contain the excitement over their substantial ammunition purchases: Obscure federal agencies triggered a firestorm of conspiracy theories this week after they put out orders for thousands of rounds of deadly hollow-point bullets. But the agencies, most recently the Social Security Administration, are …

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