Deism, Christianity, and the American Flag

George Marsden's Religion and American Culture is an absolute must read for Christians in the United States who are wrestling with the ever difficult question of how Christianity relates to the American culture.  Though some of our readers may disagree, for the past few years in my studies, I've come to the conclusion that America has… Continue reading Deism, Christianity, and the American Flag

The Jefferson Bible: American Religion

I'm sure many have heard about the Jefferson Bible of the early 19th century.  This is the (in)famous edition of the NT that has all the miracles and supernatural events snipped out.  In his own words, Thomas Jefferson said "it is a paradigma of his [Jesus'] doctrines, made by cutting the texts out of the book and… Continue reading The Jefferson Bible: American Religion

Jefferson’s Good Friday Note

What does Good Friday look like to a deist?  Thomas Jefferson's bible is a good example (you can find the whole thing online in a few places).  Here's how he ends his cut-and-paste NT which he called The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth (it's from 17:62-64).  (Side note: I wonder if they mention this "text" in… Continue reading Jefferson’s Good Friday Note

The Jesus of America’s Founding Fathers

 I cannot recommend this book enough: Stephen Nichols, Jesus: Made in America (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2008).  Seriously, I couldn't set this thing down.  In it, Nichols simply discusses how American evangelicals (broadly speaking) have viewed Jesus.  He starts in the Puritan era, walks through the frontier, Victorian New England, the social gospel, music, Hollywood, business and ends with the… Continue reading The Jesus of America’s Founding Fathers

Unitarian Universalism: An American Faith

This will work quite well in the United States, though biblical Christian churches must flee from it like the plague.  Of course, I think this is the opposite of historic Christianity, but I post the following dialogue to show you part of the "core-values" of many Americans who are "religious."  This kind of stuff makes the NYT bestseller… Continue reading Unitarian Universalism: An American Faith