My Emancipation From American Christianity. I used to think that it was just me, that it was my problem, my deficiency, my moral defect.
It had to be. All those times when I felt like an outsider in this American Jesus thing; the ever-more frequent moments when my throat constricted and my heart raced and my stomach turned. Maybe it came in the middle of a crowded worship service or during a small group conversation. Maybe while watching the news or when scanning a blog post, or while resting in a silent, solitary moment of prayer. Maybe it was all of these times and more, when something rose up from the deepest places within me and shouted, “I can’t do this anymore! These moments once overwhelmed me with panic and filled me with guilt, but lately I am stepping mercifully clear of such things. What I’ve come to realize is that it certainly is me, but not in the way I used to believe. I am not losing my mind.I’m not losing my faith.I’m not failing or falling or backsliding.I have simply outgrown much of American Christianity.
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94 Bible Verses about Capitalism 2 Thessalonians 3:10 ESV / 129 helpful votes For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. Proverbs 31:9 ESV / 28 helpful votes. An Insider's View: The Dark Rigidity of Fundamentalist Rural America. Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com / Shane Trotter As the aftermath of the election of Donald Trump is being sorted out, a common theme keeps cropping up from all sides: "Democrats failed to understand white, working-class, fly-over America.”
Trump supporters are saying this. Progressive pundits are saying this. Talking heads across all forms of the media are saying this. Even some Democratic leaders are saying this. I grew up in rural, Christian, white America. In deep-red white America, the white Christian God is king, figuratively and literally. At some point during the discussion, “That’s your education talking,” will be said, derogatorily, as a general dismissal of everything I said. Knowing this about their belief system and their view of outside information that doesn’t support it, telling me that the problem is coastal elites not understanding them completely misses the point. Another problem with rural, Christian, white Americans is they are racists. This isn’t uncommon. FAITH MATTERS: I recently completed a book about the media – about television in particular and how it has changed and, frankly, dumbed down the very essence of how we receive and process information in contemporary times, news in particular.
About how we demand to be entertained first and foremost. And how intellectually lazy it has made us. There are two chapters in “Amusing Ourselves to Death” by Neil Postman that are worth reading even if the rest of the book is set aside: chapter 8, “Shuffle Off to Bethlehem,” examines the role of television and its not-so-positive impact on religion, Christianity in particular and chapter 9, “Reach Out and Elect Someone” detailing how television has shaped (and misshapen) the political process over the past 50 years. The book was written in the mid-1980s; cable news was in its infancy; the Internet and – especially – social media were barely on the horizon. Postman was arguably prescient when he wrote those chapters. We are not enlightened by it. What The Atlantic Left Out About ISIS According To Their Own Expert. By Jack Jenkins Since Monday, much has been said in print, radio, and television about Graeme Wood’s recent front-page feature piece for The Atlantic entitled “What ISIS Really Wants.”
The article, which is lengthy and highly descriptive, is essentially an exhaustive examination of the ideology that shores up the cruel vision, messages, and tactics of ISIS, the radical militant group currently terrorizing entire sections of the Middle East. But while the article was initially met with widespread praise, it has since become the subject of criticism and even condemnation from several groups, including Muslim academics, scholars of Islamic law, Muslim leaders and high-profile political pundits. Critics have elucidated a slew of issues with the piece, but many are rooted in quotes by Bernard Haykel, a professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University who Wood quotes extensively to justify his claims.
What ISIS Really Wants. What is the Islamic State?
Where did it come from, and what are its intentions? The simplicity of these questions can be deceiving, and few Western leaders seem to know the answers. In December, The New York Times published confidential comments by Major General Michael K. Nagata, the Special Operations commander for the United States in the Middle East, admitting that he had hardly begun figuring out the Islamic State’s appeal. “We have not defeated the idea,” he said.
The group seized Mosul, Iraq, last June, and already rules an area larger than the United Kingdom. Our ignorance of the Islamic State is in some ways understandable: It is a hermit kingdom; few have gone there and returned.