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Religion has so many connections to political and economic beliefs, there needs to be a place to identify linkages, problems, goals, options, action plans and evaluation criteria.  

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An eternal question, what is the purpose of life?, occupied philosophers’ thoughts throughout history. Stone pictographs reveal even primitive peoples reflected on this query. Each one has the capacity to define his or her personal thinking about politics, economics and religion.

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Shrinkflation

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Comment by tom sarbeck on May 19, 2017 at 12:47pm
Loren, you have too little faith in democracy. Some 20-24 years ago, So. Calif. voters gave Graham his demented wish. The school board's xian majority made such a mess that in the next election the voters corrected what they'd done.
Comment by Loren Miller on May 19, 2017 at 11:54am

Do you suppose that bastard Graham has any idea of the impact such a development would have not just on American schools but on America's standing the world?  He'll get his demented wish on a day that doesn't end in "Y", if I have anything to say about it!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on May 19, 2017 at 11:18am

Comment by Loren Miller on May 19, 2017 at 9:52am

That is just PRECIOUS, GC!!!

Comment by Grinning Cat on May 19, 2017 at 9:42am

cover of 'Tapas' magazine showing Donald Trump made out of bananas and baloney

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Comment by tom sarbeck on May 19, 2017 at 12:15am
About xianity's collapse.

While researching several years ago the origin(s) of Jacques Derrida's deconstruction, I read of a collapse of xian morality in England during the middle 1800s that peaked during the 1840s

Concern for public morality resulted in the creation of Victorian literature, which told of the entire lives of people who lived morally or otherwise and who at the story's end were suitably rewarded or punished.

Then, shortly before WW One, writers lost interest in those long stories and started telling of parts of lives, starting what today is referred to as modernism or modernist literature.

Xianity has been collapsing for decades or centuries, sometimes slowly and sometimes rapidly.
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on May 18, 2017 at 11:17pm

Funny how to them, losing their ability to persecute whomever they want is persecution.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 18, 2017 at 10:27pm

It's not a collapse, Bertold, but an evolution, that dirty word which evangelical creationist Christians so loathe.  It's peculiar that, even though Christianity was likely the dominant belief system 200+ years ago, it failed to dominate or even significantly influence the formation of our government, except in the notations of Article VI, paragraph 3 of the Constitution, and later, the First Amendment.  Two hundred years later, when the New Deal threatened an inchoate corporatocracy, they used religion to obscure their own purposes while trying to play a long game to recement their own power base.

The problem is that, in the intervening time, another player entered the game – us, and those who represent us, whether you want to talk about the ACLU, the FFRF, or Americans United.  It's a matter of Paradise Lost, or more accurately, privilege lost.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on May 18, 2017 at 10:00pm

Robert P. Jones, chief executive of the Public Religion Research Institute and author of “The End of White Christian America” had a thoughtful article in the NYT

The Collapse of American Identity

 

By ROBERT P. JONES MAY 2, 2017

[entire article]

. . . But recent survey data provides troubling evidence that a shared sense of national identity is unraveling, with two mutually exclusive narratives emerging along party lines. At the heart of this divide are opposing reactions to changing demographics and culture. The shock waves from these transformations — harnessed effectively by Donald Trump’s campaign — are reorienting the political parties from the more familiar liberal-versus-conservative alignment to new poles of cultural pluralism and monism.

 

, , , There have been other times in our history when the fabric of American identity was stretched in similar ways — the Civil War, heightened levels of immigration at the turn of the 20th century and the cultural upheavals of the 1960s.

 But during these eras, white Christians were still secure as a demographic and cultural majority in the nation. The question at stake was whether they were going to make room for new groups at a table they still owned. Typically, a group would gain its seat in exchange for assimilation to the majority culture. But as white Christians have slipped from the majority over the past decade, this familiar strategy is no longer viable.

 White Christians are today struggling to face a new reality: the inevitable surrender of table ownership in exchange for an equal seat. And it’s this new higher-stakes challenge that is fueling the great partisan reorientation we are witnessing today.

Jones also writes a column in The Atlantic that's often interesting.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 18, 2017 at 2:32pm

I totally agree, tom. A new election won't do squat without fixing the electoral system in my view.

Here's a chuckle from The Borowitz Report.

 
 
 

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