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Flotsam and jetsam (3/29)

So there is a sense in which the Christian faith is both conservative and progressive, and another sense in which it is neither. The Christian faith is inescapably political, but must not allow itself to be coopted by secular and unbelieving partisanship. But to reject partisanship is to reject compromises with secularists who want to hook up with an evangelical voting block.

I grew up in evangelicalism, spent most of my twenties arguing with it, and as I approach my 30th birthday, am ready to rebuild and move forward in my faith. While I can’t address these questions on behalf of all young evangelicals, I can speak from my own perspective, which I suspect is fairly common.

Christians are addicted to “answers.” For some reason, we think the ultimate favor we can do for the world is to explain the ways of God.

  • “Of the 5.9 million brackets filled out in the ESPN Tournament Challenge, only two accurately predicted the Final Four (Butler, Virginia Commonwealth, Connecticut and Kentucky).” (HT)

God in America – PBS documentary online

I just found out that PBS has been running a series this week on God in America. Here’s the description from the website:

For the first time on television, God in America explores the tumultuous 400-year history of the intersection of religion and public life in America, from the first European settlements to the 2008 presidential election. A co-production of AMERICAN EXPERIENCE and FRONTLINE, this six-hour series examines how religious dissidents helped shape the American concept of religious liberty and the controversial evolution of that ideal in the nation’s courts and political arena; how religious freedom and waves of new immigrants and religious revivals fueled competition in the religious marketplace; how movements for social reform — from abolition to civil rights — galvanized men and women to put their faith into political action; and how religious faith influenced conflicts from the American Revolution to the Cold War.

Has anyone been watching this? If so, what do you think? Is it any good? One of the other faculty here at Western has been watching and was pretty impressed with the overall quality and balance through the first two episodes.

You can watch the the whole series online here. If you do watch it, make sure you come back here and let us know how it was. I’ll probably check it out and see if there are some good segments to use in my church history class.