- Mark Reynolds has an interesting piece on Why I Don’t Pray.
I don’t pray because I don’t have enough faith, I allow myself to be distracted by things that ultimately don’t matter and because I’ve put myself at the center of the world.
- Here’s a great interview with William T. Cavanaugh on the Myth of Religious Violence.
In the West, revulsion toward killing and dying in the name of one’s religion is one of principal means by which we become convinced that killing and dying in the name of the nation-state is laudable and proper
- Michael Patton addresses the distinction between essentials and non-essentials.
We Evangelicals talk a lot about essentials and non-essentials. Rightly so. We talk about distinguishing between those areas in our faith – those doctrines – which are central or “cardinal” doctrines, and those which are not so important. However, we often have trouble when someone asks us to define, distinguish, and defend this whole “essentials/non-essentials” distinction.
- Kevin DeYoung offers 7 Theses on “Celebrity Pastors.”
Over the past months there has been a good deal of back and forth on the blogs (good blogs from people I respect) about the dangers of “celebrity pastors.” As is often the case with these matters, there are many legitimate concerns to be made and many overreactions to avoid.
- GetReligion warns religion writers to Watch out for Orthodox Typos! Apparently there’s a big difference between a bier and a beer.
- You can download a free Kindle version of The Millennials: Connecting to America’s Largest Generation by Thom and Jess Rainer. And, Trevin Wax has been interviewing Jess Rainer about the book (here and here).
- According to a new Gallup poll, More than 9 in 10 Americans continue to believe in God (HT Trevin Wax)
- And, here’s a list of the 11 Most Absurd Inventions Created By MacGyver.