Do politics determine our religion?

Fascinating article from the NYT

Most Americans choose a political party before choosing whether to join a religious community or how often to attend religious services.

Faith often becomes a peripheral concern in adolescence and young adulthood — precisely the years when we tend to form stable partisan attachments. Religion typically becomes relevant again later, after we have children and start to think about their religious upbringings. By that time, our political views are set, ready to guide our religious values and decisions.

Michele Margolis, 'When Politicians Determine Your Religious Beliefs'

To Q or not to Q


It's not really a question that keeps me up at night, and I'm not terribly sure where I land (though in my thesis I presumed the existence of Q), but I do find it interesting that the two men I can call Doktovater land on complete opposite sides of the debate. Two years ago, Craig A. Evans defended the existence of Q in The Synoptic Problem: Four Views and this year David Wenham's new book From Good News to Gospels: What Did the First Christians Say About Jesus? appears to deny it (according to Long's review). 

Bishop Curry's wedding sermon

I don't have anything to add to the ongoing commentary surrounding Bishop Michael Curry's powerful Royal Wedding sermon, but I want to help spread it across the internet in my own way, so I'm posting it as well:

If I were going to say something, it would go something like this:

'Don't slam the Royal Wedding sermon'