Mark Noll and George Marsden of America’s Christian Roots


Now and then through the decades there’s a swell of complaints that America has strayed from its Christian roots. But others question whether the U.S. was ever designed to be a Christian nation. Notre Dame historians Mark Noll and George Marsden, authors of many works on early American history and on evangelical Christianity, consider current interpretations of the founding fathers. Skot Welch is guest host.

(Thanks to Carson Clark for this link.)

Stanley Hauerwas on the Death of America’s God

Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics at Duke Divinity School

Brian McLaren has signaled on this blog a very powerful prophetic article that Hauerwas has just published on the ACB net. Here are a few significant quotes from it:

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America is the first great experiment in Protestant social formation. Protestantism in Europe always assumed and depended on the cultural habits that had been created by Catholic Christianity. America is the first place Protestantism did not have to define itself over against a previous Catholic culture. So America is the exemplification of constructive Protestant social thought.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer thus got it right when he characterized American Protestantism as “Protestantism without Reformation.” Continue reading “Stanley Hauerwas on the Death of America’s God”

Why Things Don’t Work in America

John Smith started the day early having set his
alarm clock (MADE IN JAPAN) for 6 am.
While his coffeepot (MADE IN CHINA)
was perking, he shaved with his

The European Dream vs. the American Dream

“The European Dream emphasizes community relationships over individual autonomy, cultural diversity over assimilation, quality of life over the accumulation of wealth, sustainable development over unlimited material growth, deep lay over unrelenting toil, universal human rights and the rights of nature over property rights, and global cooperation over the unilateral exercise of power.” (Jeremy Rifkin – The European Dream. How Europe’s Vision of the Future Is Quietly Eclipsing the American Dream) Continue reading “The European Dream vs. the American Dream”

Balada lui Ion Americanu’

De pe meleagul transilvan
Plecat-a Ion peste ocean
Lasându-şi strămoşeasca glie
Cu… viză de la loterie!

Şi deşi-i doar de vreo cinci ani
Aici printre americani
Curata-i limbă românească
S-a transformat în… păsărească!

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Barack Obama Presedinte


CNN anunţă că, după toate probabilităţile, Barack Obama va deveni cel de al 44-lea Preşedinte al Statelor Unite. În momentul în care scriu aceste rânduri, McCain rosteşte, cu o extremă decenţă. discursul de recunoaştere a înfrângerii.

Deşi, în ce mă priveşte, am votat întotdeauna cu dreapta, de această dată am susţinut emoţional pe Obama contra lui McCain, în esenţă din pricina necesităţii unei schimbări radicale în America în raport cu politica dezastruoasă, mai ales în plan internaţional, a lui George Bush.

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