Syncretism is rampant in evangelical circles, and the elders of Zion sit around scratching their beards. Modern evangelicals are a piece of work. On the down side, we are helping to advance false worship of a false god. On the bright side, we got Rolling Stone magazine to accept an ad for our new gender-tinkered version of the Bible. Our prophets have the backbone of a wet napkin. We attack the great doctrinal issues of the day with Occam's sponge, blurring everything. Our grasp of central Christian truths looks like a watercolor that somebody left out in the rain. That is the serrated edge, and those who don't like it need to learn to be more upset with overt idolatry than they currently are with colorful metaphors.
Finally, some good news! Doug Feith wants to "spend more time with the family." Check out Tom Fleming's essay on Feith.
Conservatives have become thorough-going statists. In The New Yorker, Seymour Hersh gives readers the skinny on Pentagon operations in Iran. Tony Blankley thinks Hersh should be thrown in jail. Blankley evidently believes that the administration should be allowed to lawlessly act outside congressional oversight, but a journalist who brings such malfeasance to light should be sent directly to the pokey.
Richard Land says that "religious right has won its fight with secular fundamentalism" and "the American people have decided... that they want religious values to be part of public policy.” The evidence of "victory" proferred by Land is that Jim Wallis is running around the country endorsing statist means of various sorts to end poverty. Land goes on to say that evangelicals should emulate Martin Luther King as an example for how to bring faith into the public sphere. (Didn't Joe Biden already try this?) According to Land, MLK "took his religious convictions and how they informed his moral values, and he came out into the public square and he challenged America to live up to the principles and the promises of its founding documents, and he persuaded a critical mass of the society." Uh, yeah.
My Baptist cohorts read Deuteronomy 6 and they come up with this. This is one of the things that happens when churches write "mission statements" and ignore catechims, confessions, covenants and creeds.
The Emergence of the Homeland Security State.