The American Religious Purpose of Life

I just read a piece somewhere that said most Americans believe in God (better to say "believe in [a] god," I think).  The piece also said many of these same Americans believe in reincarnation, UFOs, witches, and mystical encounters with some divine spirit.  In other words (as Wells and Horton have said before), Americans approach religion… Continue reading The American Religious Purpose of Life

The god Within

Many of you may have heard it, but reading through Chesterton's Orthodoxy today I ran across his great stuff on the terrors of "inner" religion or spirituality.  He first recounts something he read in a Christian journal:  "...Christianity when stripped of its armour of dogma...turned out to be nothing but the Quaker doctrine of the… Continue reading The god Within

More Machen

The church today is facing something similar to what Machen faced less than 100 years ago: Jesus divorced from Scripture, history, and the church.  We saw it a few days back in Deepak Chopra's "third Jesus."  Deepak's jesus used scented lotions and came so we could realize our inner potential, so we might find self-actualization… Continue reading More Machen

Deepak’s jesus

  Deepak Chopra, in many ways a picture of American religion right next to Oprah and Osteen, has his own Jesus - or so he claims in a recent book of his, The Third Jesus: The Christ We Cannot Ignore (New York: Harmony Books, 2008).  He says the first Jesus is the historical one, "and we… Continue reading Deepak’s jesus