The Milquetoast Manifesto by Lisa Miller, Belief Watch – Newsweek. A succinct and insightful rebuke of the dreadful An Evangelical Manifesto: “What if the evangelicals wrote a manifesto and nobody cared? It was supposed to be a decisive document, a credo that unified American evangelicals around the Christian principles that form the foundations of their faith. It would restore to American evangelicals a sense of mission and history—giving them permission to look beyond party politics for their values while at the same time urging them to be orthodox and ethical in their lives and in the world. Instead, ‘An Evangelical Manifesto’ was released three weeks ago to almost no fanfare. Aside from a handful of news stories and some dutiful intervarsity sniping online, the fallout from the “Evangelical Manifesto” was—and continues to be—less than earth-shattering…It’s polite and embracing—a welcome change in religious discourse—but it’s porridge. America’s evangelicals, especially those struggling with consciences about how to vote in November, deserve better.”
See also: The Milquetoast Manifesto by Steve Zrimec, The Confessional Outhouse. “It’s always fun when secular media gets it better than the insular circles of American religion.”
The End Of The Culture War? Since Their Recent Win, Gays Are Here, Queer And Listed On The Bridal Registry by Richard Kim, The Nation. “California’s marital fireworks represent a more comforting reality for Democrats — the beginning of the end of the culture war. Nowhere is this sea change more evident than in the Golden State, where gay marriage has become a thoroughly mainstream proposition.”
See also: Editorial: Gay marriage not going away by Dallas Morning News
Opinion: Culture change or culture war? by Tim Rutten, LA Times
Gay marriage ‘earthquake’ in ’08? by Jim Tankersley, The Swamp
Biblical Theology and the Culture War by David Van Drunen, Kerux-The Online Journal of Biblical Theology. “This being true, the attitude with which the culture war is currently being waged certainly deserves some critical scrutiny. So many who are on the front lines speak as if America once was in some manner the Promised Land and that the culture war has been engaged recently to restore America to that position it once held. Such talk is not only remarkably short-sighted but also theologically untenable. America never was paradise, never will be paradise, and the culture war is not some recently begun phenomenon which will terminate anywhere short of the supernatural intervention of Christ’s coming. If we choose political tactics in fighting the culture war, then we should be prepared to keep using them indefinitely, because the political challenges to our cultural dreams will never die. However, this is not to say that we as Christians should not participate in the culture war, and it does not mean that all the methods or goals of those on the frontlines of the culture war are wrong. Not at all. God commanded the people in Jeremiah 29 to seek the peace and prosperity of the city in which they lived, and this applies to us as well.”
See also: “The Perpetuity of the Cultural Mandate” in In Defense of a Theology of the Cross and Glory: Part 4 by Andrew Matthews, De Regno Christi. In particular, see the interaction between D.G. Hart, A. Matthews & others regarding the cultural mandate.
Response to Darryl Hart: The Gracious Cultural Mandate by Andrew Matthews. The discussion with D.G. Hart continues.
Greatest Hits: All of Barack Obama’s Men of Bad Faith by Michelle Malkin. “Here’s a handy little video guide to Barack Obama’s various men of bad faith–a quick blog cheat sheet with all the poison preachers in one place, each accompanied by a trademark demagogic YouTube clip, for easy reference and ranked in order of unhingedness. It’s getting crowded in the crazy uncle attic, sweetie.”
Confessions of a Global-Warming Agnostic. The Church of the Environment needs a nuclear Reformation by Charles Krauthammer, NRO. “I’m not a global-warming believer. I’m not a global-warming denier. I’m a global-warming agnostic who believes instinctively that it can’t be very good to pump lots of CO2 into the atmosphere, but is equally convinced that those who presume to know exactly where that leads are talking through their hats.”
Court Rules Sect Children Should Go Home. by John Sullivan, NYTimes. “The Texas State Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that the removal of children from a polygamist religious group’s ranch by child welfare authorities was unwarranted and that the children should be returned.”
Study to crack evangelical stereotypes by AP. “For decades, Boston University sociologist Peter Berger says, American intellectuals have looked down on evangelicals. Evangelicals say people often see them as Bible-banging, evolution-hating caricatures. Educated people have the notion that evangelicals are ‘barefoot people of Tobacco Road who, I don’t know, sleep with their sisters or something,’ Berger says. It’s time that attitude changed, he says.”
What Went Wrong With the Evangelical Manifesto? Frank Pastore interviews NRB President Frank Wright.
The Sun Sets by Mark Steyn, NRO. “The point is that Islam is being institutionalised, incarnated, into national structures amazingly fast, at the same time as demography is showing very high birthrates…Today the Christian story is fading from public imagination, while Islam grows apace.”
Billboards That Look Back by Stephanie Clifford, NYTimes. “Now, some entrepreneurs have introduced technology to solve that problem. They are equipping billboards with tiny cameras that gather details about passers-by — their gender, approximate age and how long they looked at the billboard. These details are transmitted to a central database.”