July 21, 2018

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An appetite for fanaticism

An Appetite for Fanaticism Is there something wrong with saying “You’ve gone too far”? by Michael Spencer It occurred to me this week, while observing a group of religious fanatics putting on a public demonstration of embarrassing, excessive religious behavior, that I would be considered way out of line if I told the fanatics to […]

A slow drive over the edge

A Slow Drive Over The Edge An analysis of fanaticism among evangelical Christians by Michael Spencer NOTE: Several weeks ago, I published an essay on IM on the subject of religious fanaticism. Since that time, I’ve continued to think about the subject and find more relevant–and troubling–points that need to be mentioned. If you didn’t […]

Dear Rev. Falwell

Dear Rev. Falwell by Michael Spencer “I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way – all of them who have tried to secularize America – I point the […]

If It Looks Like an Evangelical Skunk…

If It Looks Like an Evangelical Skunk… (Or Why You Can Leave Me Behind Too) by Michael Spencer I think Jan Crouch’s hair is the darnest thing since the Tower of Babel. I think Benny Hinn is sincere, but probably unstable. I think T.D. Jakes is preaching gnosticism. TBN in general convinces me television is […]

Universalism, Lynchburg Style

Universalism, Lynchburg Style A Falwellian Theologian’s valiant struggle to not fall over the cliff by Michael Spencer Christ died for the sins of everyone. Right? Seems simple enough. When I was journeying towards Calvinism, I’ll admit the biggest bump in the road came when I discovered what that “L” in the TULIP was all about. […]

Education and The Painful Failure of Circular Reasoning

Education and The Painful Failure of Circular Reasoning by Michael Spencer That feeling you have of going in an endless and meaningless circle? It’s the pain of circular logic. The fact is your mechanic IS the problem with your car. Whatever is keeping the thing from running, your mechanic is now invested in not seeing […]

Stalking the DVD Antichrist

Stalking The DVD Antichrist It’s the end of worship as we know it…and we feel fine. by Michael Spencer I spotted the Antichrist today. He looked back at me from an ad in a flyer from a major Christian retailer, which shall go unnamed, though I don’t know why I care about the name. I […]

Defending the dufus President

Defending The Dufus President by Michael Spencer I have never written about my own journey from liberalism to conservatism, and I won’t be doing so anytime soon. When I was an enthusiastic liberal- I once journeyed hours to cheer at a Dukakis rally- I began to notice certain traits of liberals that bothered me. Chief […]

Are we wrong about marijuana?

Are We Wrong About Marijuana? by Michael Spencer Drugs have cost me a lot of friends: my students. Like every school in America, the school where I work prohibits the use of drugs by students (and staff.) Three years ago we incorporated random drug testing as part of school life. Both before and after that […]

I have my doubts

I Have My Doubts The many reasons I don’t believe. by Michael Spencer Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” • Mark 9:24 Let’s start with bugs. Bugs have always….well…bugged me. They bite me. Wasps hate me. Mosquitoes swarm around me. Gnats head for my ears and […]