Abby Ohlheiser: As some in the media try to speculate on the role of religion in the GOP primaries and the 2012 elections, Pew and Gallup are polling for a clue. But a separate Pew poll last week caught my eye: a survey of 2,196 leaders (representing 166 countries) of evangelical leaders from the Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization. The leaders, mostly male, middle-aged (only 5% were under the age of 30), and college educated, were asked questions that seemed intent on creating a clearer picture of what global “evangelical” Christianity is by qualifying the cluster of practices and beliefs in their most amorphous form. Continue Reading →
Democracy? Meh. We gave it a shot and look what we got: legalized abortion, gay marriage and welfare. Time to return the government to a Catholic monarchy, says Michael Voris in a video for RealCatholicTV, posted at Richard Dawkins’ site. But don’t watch the video for its call to “limit the vote to faithful Catholics” or its claim that a Catholic monarchy “caused Europe to emerge from the morass of marauding barbarians and create Western civilization.” Watch it to find out why the internets can’t decide whether it’s parody or not.
David Klinghoffer writes erudite but peculiar books. In one, he recalled his teenage self-circumcision as part of a “conversion” experience (to “real” Judaism). In his more recent effort, The Discovery of God, Continue Reading →