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The Most Important Cartoon of the Year

posted by Tony Jones

By Steve Breen, San Diego Tribune, October 18, 2009

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What’s a Christian to Think about Healthcare Reform?

posted by Tony Jones

I’m self-employed. That means that I pay for the health insurance premiums for all five members of my family — it’s about 9% of my monthly gross income. But, because I’m not part of a group plan, the plans available […]

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Quote of the Day

posted by Tony Jones

It goes to Andrew Sullivan, who wrote of President Obama’s Cairo speech, At its heart, the speech sprang, it seemed to me, a spiritual conviction that human differences, if openly acknowledged, need not remain crippling. It was a deeply Christian […]

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This Is Why We Elected Him

posted by Tony Jones

I had the good fortune of watching President Obama’s speech live from Cairo this morning, and it was masterful. There is and will be no dearth of commentary and analysis over the next few days, so I’ll just say this: […]

Maybe Phyllis Tickle’s Next Book Should Be about Politics

posted by Tony Jones

In Phyllis Tickle’s latest book, The Great Emergence: How Christianity Is Changing and Why, she writes of the “centering” of Christianity. In her famous quadrilateral diagram, she demonstrates how liturgicals, social justicers, pente-charistmatics, and doctrinal evangelicals are all swirling toward […]

One Day News Boycott

posted by Tony Jones

So, I happened to turn the news on in the middle of the night, and I caught wind of President Obama’s bad joke about bowling being like the Special Olympics. We all now what’s coming: a media onslaught of replays […]

Is There an Evangelical Center?

posted by Tony Jones

In the Washington Times, Julia Duin ponders that question in her article, “Evangelicals ponder Dobson’s successor: New generation looks for leader.” It has been interesting watching the shift in power: Franklin Graham is no Billy Graham; the Coral Ridge Hour […]

Sebelius + HHS = Fewer Abortions

posted by Tony Jones

This morning, I have signed a last-minute petition supporting the appointment of Kansas Governor, Kathleen Sebelius, as the Secretary of Health and Human Services.  Some on the Right are raising a stink about Sebelius’s pro-choiciness, but if you take the […]

Richard Mouw and Proposition 8

posted by Tony Jones

In this week’s edition of Newsweek, Richard Mouw, the president of Fuller Theological Seminary, penned an essay, “Less Shouting, More Talking,” in which he addresses the issues around Prop 8.  It’s clear that he wrote it, in part, as a […]

Mike Stavlund reviews The Family

posted by Tony Jones

Over at Awakenings, Mike joins the chorus of which I am a part: Those who think that Jeff Sharlet’s The Family is a must-read: Sharlet’s writing is so good that a quick read is almost impossible. Skim this book, and […]

The Tragedy of Tom Daschle

posted by Tony Jones

I was really, truly excited about Tom Daschle as HHS Secretary.  I think he is a fundamentally good person.  Larry Lessig agrees, but says that doesn’t excuse him: Daschle, of course, is the most innocent in this guilty system. His […]

Comment of the Day

posted by Tony Jones

Andrew weighs in on “Progressive” or “Liberal”: Maybe I’m just anal retentive but I think that the term “progressive” is a lot like the term “evangelical.” It’s just an easy way for folks to compartmentalize others (and maybe even themselves) […]

What, Exactly, Is a Progressive?

posted by Tony Jones

Philip Clayton (who is, by the way, da bomb!) tells us:

“Progressive” or “Liberal”

posted by Tony Jones

Over at GetReligion, Mollie dissects a WaPo story on the new Religious Left…um…er…the religious “progressives.” Progressive? Is this the best descriptor for religious groups who advocate for liberal political aims? I have used the term regularly in the past and […]

More Fun with Maps

posted by Tony Jones

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Religion and Politics by State

posted by Tony Jones

Gallup has a new map up, rating each state by religiosity.  Respondents answered whether religion is an important part of their lives, and the map reinforces some of the usual stereotypes about the religiosity of the Deep South and the […]

Come Let Us Argue Together

posted by Tony Jones

“Come Let Us Reason Together” is the governing document of a group attempting to bridge the chasm between evangelicals and political progressives.  I signed on, not because the document is a comprehensive statement of all ways that these two groups […]

Obama Inauguration Recap

posted by Tony Jones

Billions of words have already been written and spoken yesterday and today regarding the inauguration, everything from the Justice Roberts oath flub to Michelle Obama’s ball gown.  I’ve got opinions, of course, but nothing particularly new to say.  So, instead, […]

Join Us on the (Internet) Radio

posted by Tony Jones

I’m a regular commentator on Doug Pagitt’s daily radio show, The Question. (Yes, I believe that is a velour shirt.) His show runs from 10-11am Central Time on Blogtalkradio, and I join him most Tuesdays from 10:30-11:00 to talk about […]

“We Are Caught in an Inescapable Network of Mutuality”

posted by Tony Jones

Over the past several years, on my various blogs, I’ve pointed to or republished the Letter from a Birmingham Jail, written to the white clergymen of that city, to honor the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr.  Here it is […]

Let’s Be the Change

posted by Tony Jones

One of the theme’s of BO’s campaign for president that was most enthralling for me was the potential he holds to really bind our country together for the good of the whole.  Whether it be the massive investment into roads, […]

Can We End the “Culture Wars”?

posted by Tony Jones

If so, Third Way, a think tank in Washington, D.C. might be a good place to start.  I have signed their “Come Let Us Reason Together Governing Statement.”  If you are interested in civility in our cultural conversations about abortion, […]

God Swag

posted by Tony Jones

God Spam has some suggestions for inauguration apparel.

Rick Warren vs. Gene Robinson

posted by Tony Jones

A while back, I mused at the exceptionally long news cycle of the story that BO had asked Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at his inauguration.  That story had a lot of legs, in the blogosphere and in the […]

War & Torture: Foggy & Hellish

posted by Tony Jones

Last night I watched The Fog of War, in which Robert McNamera reconsiders his participation in LBJ’s escalation of the Vietnam War by the addition of ground troops to the campaign of air bombing approved by JFK.  Of course, there’s […]

Comment of the Weekend

posted by Tony Jones

Over the weekend, I wrote a post giving three options as to why the story of Rick Warren’s inauguration prayer has hung on so long (and, as far as my blog reading this morning, it’s not going away just yet).  […]

Spiritual / Religious Book of the Year

posted by Tony Jones

Steve Waldman asked each of the Bnet bloggers to nominate the best spiritual or religious book we’ve read this year.  He’ll post them all in the next week or so. I confess that I’m ending the year having read much […]

Rick Warren’s Long Cycle

posted by Tony Jones

Methinks the biggest story this week is not BO’s choice of Papa Rick to give the inaugural invocation.  The biggest story this week is how big this story is.  It won’t go away.  I’m sure BO’s people thought it might […]

Pollan plays Cornhole with Vilsack

posted by Tony Jones

This morning, on NPR, Michael Pollan expressed his deep ambivalence about Obama’s Ag Sec pick, Tom Vilsack.  Contrary to what one commenter expressed on my earlier post about this, I have and will continue to criticize BO when I disagree […]

Comment(s) of the Day

posted by Tony Jones

Well, color me astonished.  Mega-commenter A Walker shows us all that he’s not just a one-trick (SSM) pony.  He’s not only familiar with Walter Rauschenbush, but he favorably quotes the social gospeler in response to my Rick Warren post of […]

Food Fight! Beliefnet Bloggers Debate Rick Warren

posted by Tony Jones

There’s a bit of an in-house dust-up here at Bnet over Steve Waldman’s extensive interview with Rick Warren (VIDEO / TRANSCRIPT). Steve’s posted on it a few times, as have others around the blogosphere. But here in the friendly confines […]

Playing Cornhole with Vilsack

posted by Tony Jones

Let me agree with Rod, Ezra, and Matt that Tom Vilsack is a very disappointing pick by Obama for Secretary of Agriculture.  As someone who lives in corn-producing state, I’ve seen my otherwise level-headed governor pander time and time again […]

The Newsweek Same Sex Marriage Kerfuffle

posted by Tony Jones

Newsweek editor Jon Meacham gambled this week, and he gambled big.  In what is, by any measure and extraordinary piece of journalism, Newsweek religion editor Lisa Miller wrote a cover story that basically says, the Bible does not define marriage […]

Richard Cizik Shifts His View on SSU and Is Asked to Resign

posted by Tony Jones

On Fresh Air with Terry Gross, National Association of Evangelicals vice president of governmental affairs Rich Cizik admitted that his views on same sex unions are shifting.  While he made it clear that he does not favor same sex marriage, […]

Is Rick Warren a Centrist?

posted by Tony Jones

Many seem to think so, especially in light of works of compassion in Africa, but Andrew is not falling for it.  It seems that Rick went on Fox News and agreed with Sean Hannity that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad should […]

Are You an MIE (Multi-Issue Evangelical)?

posted by Tony Jones

I’ve never claimed to be an evangelical, which will make many evangelicals happy.  However,  others do pin that term on me, including my friend, Keith DeRose.  Keith is a philosopher at Yale and a Class-A blog lurker and commenter (he […]

Comment of the Day

posted by Tony Jones

Dr. Science weighs in on the question, Is There a Religious Left? As “Your name” demonstrates, the answer to Tony’s question is “Yes”. Back in November 2004, Jeff Sharlet confessed it quite clearly, talking about questions he and Peter Manseau […]

Is There a Religious Left?

posted by Tony Jones

Not yet, according to Jeff Sharlet.  Sharlet was recently asked to contribute to a book on the supposed Religious Left, and he has posted the draft of his chapter at The Revealer (to which you all should subscribe). This is […]

Calming Post-Election Words from a Pastor

posted by Tony Jones

Over at Presbymergent, Leon Bloder has posted an open letter to his congregation, First Presbyterian of Eustis, Florida.  In it, he urges calm among congregants who are either ecstatic or in despair over BO’s election victory.  Money quote: As the […]

What Role Experience? Same Sex Marriage Blogalogue

posted by Tony Jones

Rod, thanks for your last post; actually I agree with you: our government does legislate morality.  In fact, that’s why I think that it’s imperative that we seriously consider the moral implications of denying same sex couples the right to […]

Bad News: Stephen Baldwin Is Staying

posted by Tony Jones

I am sorry to report that Stephen Baldwin is staying in the United States.  Baldwin, a B-list celebrity and convert to conservative evangelicalism, had declared to Fox News that if Barack Obama won the presidency, he would move out of […]

Yes, Rod, Barack Obama Is a Christian!

posted by Tony Jones

My soon-to-be-blogalogue partner, Rod Dreher, has today questioned Barack Obama’s profession of Christian faith based on a snippet of a 2004 interview in which BO refers to Jesus as a “bridge between God and man.”  Of course, BO is not […]

Getting Dooced for Obama

posted by Tony Jones

If you don’t know it, getting “dooced,” means getting fired for blogging something that your employer finds odious.  It’s a term coined by Heather Armstrong, who now blogs full time at dooce.com.  Today, Scot McKnight blogs an email from a […]

Are We a Centrist Country?

posted by Tony Jones

There’s been lots of talk in the last couple weeks in the punditocracy about the the above question.  The talking heads seem to have come to two consensi (with, of course, notable exceptions): The United States is a “center-right” country […]

Spot On

posted by Tony Jones

HT: Andrew Sullivan

“He Won It in the Suburbs”

posted by Tony Jones

So said Chuck Todd this today on Morning Joe.  Consider my hometown Exhibit A. I live in Edina, Minnesota, a quintessential suburb.  Southdale, the first-ever enclosed shopping mall was built here in 1956.  During that same era, when my mom […]

An Historic Day

posted by Tony Jones

I awoke early today, as I often do.  About 4:30am.  I had hoped to sleep longer since this is a tough stretch of travel for me.  I spoke at the National Youth Workers Convention this weekend — after 10 years […]

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