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January 6: A Failed Apocalypse

The attack on the house of democracy has shown the world how far Americans have drifted away from the gospel and have made their faith more a political game.

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Preceding

Francis Fukuyama and ‘The End of History?’

Deal of the century or roadmap to apartheid?

The one that exploded the great American story that lay beneath it

The Trump clan declares itself a Kennedy-like dynasty

So-called own sacred values under threat

U.S.A. Investment in a demagogue

Dear Mr. President

Religion and the essence of devotion

Facts: Why they matter and how to check them

Evangelicals: For The Love Of Trump

Evangelicals & Seduction

Death to the GOP! Or not.

Preventable: The Inside Story of How Leadership Failures, Politics, and Selfishness Doomed the U.S. Coronavirus Response Book Review

A History Of The Culture Wars

A Theology of Culture War Christianity

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Additional reading

  1. Blinded crying blue murder having being made afraid by a bugaboo
  2. The clean sweeper of the whole caboodle
  3. The American clouds of Anti-Semitism
  4. Trump has been buffetted by accusations of misconduct (Our World)
  5. Trump has been buffetted by accusations of misconduct (Some View on the World)
  6. Fearmongering succeeded and got the bugaboo a victory (Our World)
  7. Fearmongering succeeded and got the bugaboo a victory (some View on the World)
  8. American Christianity no longer resembles its Founder
  9. God Isn’t a Republican
  10. A new decade, To open the eyes to get a right view
  11. Voted against their system (Our World)
  12. Voted against their system (Some View on the World)
  13. Incidents of hate have become commonplace in the U.S.A. anno 2017 (Our World)
  14. Incidents of hate have become commonplace in the U.S.A. anno 2017 (Some View on the World)
  15. A Progressive Call to Arms
  16. Added commentary to the posting A Progressive Call to Arms
  17. Christian fundamentalists feeding Into the Toxic Partisanship and driving countries into the Dark Ages… #1
  18. Christian fundamentalists feeding Into the Toxic Partisanship and driving countries into the Dark Ages… #2
  19. According to Pew Most White Evangelicals Don’t Think COVID-19 is a Medical Crisis
  20. What Steve Bannon really wants
  21. Trump going over the top bringing a blasphemous act
  22. Trump Dragging the Jews and Israel into the scrum, using both as one more weapon in his racist rants.
  23. Stress-test for democracy #1 Storming of the Capitol in Washington
  24. Stress-test for democracy #2 A coup d’etat with bloodshed
  25. Trump is proven wrong by the judge
  26. Right-wing fundamentalist Christians to dictate the U.S.A.
  27. The death knell of an Empire
  28. Donald Trump requesting to block investigations about the insurrection
  29. The Moral Character of Public Officials: Remembering January 6
  30. Looking at 2021 in a nutshell
  31. 2021 in review #1 the most startling point
  32. One year ago people who said they love America stormed the Capitol
  33. One year ago a sacred place was attacked
  34. Is it Time to Abandon “Evangelical?”
  35. Fascinating times to the Bible reader
  36. Signs of the times – “The US, Israel and the Golan Heights”

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  3. Panel draws bead on Trump legal team
  4. One Year After January 6th, is the Next Civil War Already Underway?
  5. Opinion: A Year Later, Evangelical Subsect Still Using Christianity as Guise for Jan. 6 Insurrection
  6. Lucas: Biden’s dagger all sound and fury signifying nothing
  7. Big White Lies
  8. What Is Seditious Conspiracy? Rare, But Now Part of Jan. 6
  9. January Musings
  10. A Date Which Will Live In Infamy
  11. January 6, 2021…The Day Democracy Died…With “Greatness”…
  12. How hatred and racism triggered Jan. 6 riots
  13. Big Little Lies: The Capitol Insurrection, Rage Rooms and Miss Piggy –  … Americans deal with dual realities all the time; it’s connecting them that’s rare and often painful.
  14. The January 6th ‘Insurrection’
  15. Extremist groups continue to ‘metastasize and recruit’ after Capitol attack, study finds
  16. McCarthy calls Jan. 6 committee request ‘abuse of power’
  17. Interpreting | 2021 United States Capitol Attack
  18. Glendora man pleads guilty to Capitol insurrection charge
  19. Capitol Rioter Said January 6 Was ‘Modern Day Boston Massacre’
  20. 3 Florida Men Arrested in Connection With Capitol Riot
  21. Supreme Court allows release of Trump January 6th documents
  22. Deniers!!!
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  24. When Truth Doesn’t Matter 1/14/22
  25. seditious conspiracy and excess electors
  26. January 6 committee wants to talk to House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy
  27. Bookworm Beat 1/14/22 — the “January 6 is our Groundhog Day” illustrated edition
  28. MLK: The Drum Major Instinct
  29. Oath Keepers and founder planned Jan. 6 for weeks, documents show
  30. Women From Mass. and NH Charged in Capitol Riot
  31. January 6 Committee Subpoenas Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell, others
  32. I’m Not Making This Up, You Know
  33. The Supreme Court Just Denied Trump’s Request Regarding Jan. 6 Records
  34. U.S. Supreme Court blocks Trump’s bid to keep Jan. 6 documents from Congress
  35. Supreme Court rejects Trump’s bid to shield records from Jan. 6 committee

Jared Stacy

January 6th was a theological event. Just a month before, the Jericho March rallies in DC featured nationalist prayers. They declared God’s will was to reinstate Donald Trump. At the insurrection a month later, the Cross & signs of “Jesus Saves” joined the mob up the Capitol steps. 

January 6th was more than a failed political coup. It was a failed theological apocalypse. Treated this way, we come to an inevitable conclusion: this god lost. He lost because Donald Trump was not President on January 7th. We should never stop asking “what happened?” Even when some want to forget it. For those who keep asking, we need to perform a theological autopsy of this failed apocalypse.

Some speak of healing from January 6th politically or culturally. We have political committees doing important work. But healing from January 6th is impossible without addressing the failed theology at the heart of the violence. 

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Beyond the Culture Wars

Jared Stacy

This is the final article in a series reflecting on American Culture Wars & Christianity. Here are parts one, two, and three.


Culture War Christianity must end. Christians should be the ones to end it. Like Moses, whose first attempt to bring about change left an Egyptian dead in the sand, so Culture Warring Christianity tends to create chaos and call it ‘change’.

Calling for the end of Culture War Christianity is not a call to stop working for change. But, I admit, it does sound a bit idealist. How do you end the culture wars anyway? Do we leave society for monastic communities? That is an option. Do we embrace with resignation a Christianity domesticated by secular idealogy? That is the fear of many. And, acting on that fear, many seek to defend Christianity.

But, what if the Christianity some aim to defend has already been…

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A Theology of Culture War Christianity

Jared Stacy

Kaepernick took a knee, Trump took a photo op. These moments are seared in the collective American consciousness. And both moments are unavoidably religious. Each deals with sacred symbols: a flag, a book of faith. Both surface theological questions. Who or what do we worship? How should we live in this world?

The irony of violence, and the theology inherent in a Christianity that welcomes the photo-op and decries taking a knee, demands not only our attention but a response.The very man who called Kaepernick and other NFL players “sons of b******” for kneeling was the same leader touting the Bible in a photo-op that required the violent tear gassing of protestors.

Imagining a way forward will be next week’s conclusion. This week, by examining the theology inherent in the anthem protests and the St. John’s Church photo-op, we can see the unique theological shape of Culture War Christianity…

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A History Of The Culture Wars

Jared Stacy

Culture War Christianity has long since ossified into the de facto expression of faith for many white American evangelicals. In Part One of this series (which you can find here) we introduced the American Culture Wars. As a whole, this series examines the historical & theological shape of Culture War Christianity in comparison to Jesus’ Kingdom through the lenses of these two camps, conscientious objectors and vocal advocates. We concluded last week with a descriptor: Culture War Christianity tends to make enemies, not love them.

This week, our second part examines the historical orgins of the Culture Wars. If you’re pressed for time, I present a TL;DR that takes 2 minutes, and you can return to read the article at your leisure…

TL;DR (Too Long; Didn’t Read Summary)

The key to understanding modern Culture War Christianity is the history of American race relations and Christianity. This article locates the birth…

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What Are The Culture Wars?

Jared Stacy

The next four articles form a series to engage this question. We’ll examine the history & theology of “Culture War Christianity”. My goal is to locate the Culture Wars in American history, but also describe the shape of these Culture Wars so we can examine how they relate to the shape of Jesus’ Kingdom.


What are the Culture Wars? Think of “culture” as a way of life. It is the sum total of all values, beliefs, and practices making up a communal existence. When God commissions newly formed humanity in Genesis 1 to “fill the earth and subdue it”, he sets men and women into the world with a cultural mandate. His plan was for a human society, united under his rule in the world, ruling with him over the Cosmos as his vice-regents.

With a technical and theological definition of “culture”, we can now imagine a “culture war” as…

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Path to Novelty

 

Random Specific Thoughts

We see the world, not as it is, but as we are – or, as we are conditioned to see it.

Stephen R. Covey,The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

There’s a torn tapestry
In a house down the street,
That never stops glowing.
Woven in gold and burgundy
A stream of black streaks
Down its edges and falls
Into a deep abyss of loss.

The house – an echo of pain;
Loud and clear, it tells a story
Of how men lost their way,
When paths still existed.

Radiating life is a poignant hymn
That beats on hope’s rhythm,
Feeding the tapestry of essence
That makes us human.

Photo by Jeff Finley on Unsplash

When the storms fail to cease
And the demons refuse to leave,
This anthem grows louder and
Its rhythm – more vigorous, as
It sends out a message

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A Poem by Ksenia Rogozhnikova

 

The Alma Review

Translated by Nina Murray

loud pops we hear outside
in the new year
is no longer
the sound of crackers

light-and-sound grenades
traffic lights off
the crowd that walks
down the middle of the street
death 
in the streets of the city

we glean news in crumbs
over phone calls
the meager Almaty
allotment
of the internet service
never thought
we'd watch news
again on TV

my eight-year-old
writes in her journal: 
"We have a war here now
and must stay at home,
but the neighborhood store
is already restocked
with bread 
and potatoes"

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Andrá Tutto Bene, Everything will be fine!

Throughout 2020 and 2021 people wondered how long their restrictions would take. In many countries doctors and nursers had to give more than their best to save lives. In the health area they were at war, daily fighting this war whose enemy is invisible.
For them, there is this message.

We keep praying for all those involved to help people to survive this crisis.

As citizens, we can all do our best to stay safe by keeping to the Corona measures. Let us not forget all those health workers and in respect of them stay protected at home stay.

Andrá Tutto Bene, Everything will be fine!

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Dear 2021,

Whichever way we turn, in 2021 we were able to experience another year that tried to undermine mankind.

In the New Year, never forget to thank your past years because they enabled you to reach today! Without the stairs of the past, you cannot arrive at the future!
― Mehmet Murat ildan

It was already an understatement to say that 2020 swept us off our feet, 2021 gave us a run for our money. (Perhaps even literally as well figuratively)

100 years ago another virus had after that terrible Great War tried to reduce the population by large numbers as if that horrible 4 years of war was not sufficient. It had brought down mankind to its knees by a microscopic being. And as if it has to come back every century, we too could feel what it is when a dangerous disease spreads around like mad.

But like the previous 2 years, we could find lightbulbs burning in the darkness.
Set against a backdrop of human loss and misery, many could continue their journey that started off a year before. Several people found new opportunities in this time of malaise. We could see changes in people’s lifestyles, and it was as if man now, at last, gave some rest to nature, having lesser cars driving around. In any case, the Corona period proved beneficial to the environment, with pollution rates decreasing drastically.

Set against a backdrop of human loss and misery was a journey of discovery and realisation that many were just learning to undertake. It brought about a tremendous change in people’s lifestyles, perspectives and proved beneficial to the environment, with pollution rates decreasing drastically. Adoption of minimalistic living practices became the norm in view of the virus’ indefinite tenure. As death tolls rose in a staggering manner, people dwelled in a constant state of apprehension of what the future would bring….. {Dear 2020}

For many, 2021 was a difficult ride, but we all have grown and gotten through it, hopefully learning lessons and making memories in the process. And as you say, we also think, that’s something to be grateful for.

Random Specific Thoughts

In the New Year, never forget to thank your past years because they enabled you to reach today! Without the stairs of the past, you cannot arrive at the future!
―Mehmet Murat ildan

Gosh, I’m almost certainly sure I’m going blind from all the screens. I keep wanting to say it is your fault. Is it?

I’m sorry – where are my manners?

Dear 2021,

I hope you’re well and the packing is going great. You have but mere minutes before you turn into yet another history chapter. Unlike your predecessor, you weren’t cruel or a fan of surprises but you were clever and cunning. This has been quite the rollercoaster of a year and well, to be honest – I’m not going to blame you for it. I was rather harsh towards 2020 now that I think about i,t and I feel terrible about it.

You see, as humans…

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Dear 2021,

So many might be cross with 2021 and by taking on such a negative view on that Corona year miss out on all the blessings they had that year.

It is true many of us would have wished it would have gone differently, but no matter what came over this world, a naughty virus, limiting us in many ways, it also created many opportunities.

Let it be known, in a few years time everything of 2019, 2020 and 2021 might be forgotten as in a sealed book somewhere up high in the bookcase or in a bookshelf in a dark corner.

The good things of it we carry with us with pleasure and hope soon to be relieved from that virus, but in the meantime, we shall not let us bring down.

 

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Let’s count…

Musings of a Bookworm

Before I start I have to thank Deepthy from Random Specific Thoughts for coming up with this idea and then letting me borrow it for a post. You should definitely check out her post here.

So here goes…

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Dear 2021,

The things we experience in life change us, they shape our understanding and the way we view the world. And so, for me 2021, a year that can only be described as a rollercoaster of a year, wasn’t all bad.

Of course at times I wished things were different, and, to be perfectly honest, I still do. However that isn’t your fault 2021, it’s not the actual events that cause these feelings, it’s my perception and the experience I have of them. This may seem like an odd thing to say, especially taking in to consideration the pandemic and all its effects, but…

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