Archive for the religion Category

One question

Posted in books, religion on September 9, 2010 by Jonathan

In time for fall reading, Deepak Chopra has written a novel on the life of Muhammad.

Is it illustrated?

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More rumblings

Posted in other, politics, religion on September 1, 2010 by Jonathan

The upcoming Swedish elections could very well see the nationalist Sweden Democrats gain seats (albeit a small amount of them) in Parliament, which would be a stunning upset in a country not popularly associated with the term “nationalist party.” Of course, one doesn’t associate Sweden with high unassimilated Muslim immigrant demographics either, but that’s certainly the case in cities like Malmo, from which Jews have been fleeing in the face of open-air anti-Semitism.

One thing voters in Stockholm won’t be seeing on their TVs (but will no doubt have seen via the Internet) is this ad by the aforementioned nationalists, which was banned for being incendiary and offensive toward a certain religion. I never thought I’d say this, but Swedish politics just became interesting.

The next Great Awakening

Posted in culture, gay marriage, marriage, politics, religion on August 5, 2010 by Jonathan

My gripe with the Reagan Revolution of the ‘80s was that it focused on politics and not the culture, putting all its energy toward the former while ignoring the latter. In truth, politics – the politicians, policies, judicial rulings, etc. – is a result of what is happening in the culture. For the last several decades, there has been a strong and tenacious movement within the media and the classroom to eradicate the pillars of Western civilization, pillars which are incompatible with the left-wing worship of equality. That movement had one of its victories yesterday. As much of the public expresses outrage over the presence of a mosque near Ground Zero, a far greater wound to the soul of the country was carried out in a California courtroom as one judge, in regard to the biggest issue of any society – the definition of marriage – overturned the will of around 7,000,000 voters, all of whom in the brave new world of progressives are now considered bigots. Had conservatives and traditionalists kept their eye on cultural institutions – on movies, television, books, music, schools, universities, churches(!) – the idea of transforming marriage, and therefore gender relations, wouldn’t have the momentum it has now, and we wouldn’t be on the road to a pre-Leviticus world. Now we are. Let the next Great Awakening come.

Hope for Holland?

Posted in news, politics, religion on June 10, 2010 by Jonathan

Big night for the Netherlands: A conservative party won the most seats in the latest election, narrowly beating out the leftists. But the real story is the success of Geert Wilders’s anti-Islam party, which came in a strong third and will be an indicator of what future voting throughout Europe will look like. Holland’s reputation may be as the cradle of tolerance and coffee shops, yet below the surface lies real anxiety that things are getting out of control. Expect more elections like this one.

“A revival afoot”

Posted in news, religion, Uncategorized on May 24, 2010 by Jonathan

When I think of Jesus, normally the words “Swedish biker” don’t come to mind — then again, I wasn’t in Stockholm over the weekend, where thousands of  Christians, some on motorcycles, came to worship. Attendance in this major city of a post-Christian continent was estimated to be 25,000. Said one of the attendees:

“The way we see it at our church, things are starting to happen. More and more people are finding salvation and we actually believe there’s a revival afoot. You can feel it in the air; it’s so easy to talk about the gospel,” he said.

“I don’t come from a Christian background. I was 43 when I found salvation and I really have a life before and after. This is fantastic.”

I ask my many, many Swedish readers: Is there really a revival up there?

The calm before the storm

Posted in culture, news, religion, television, Uncategorized on April 25, 2010 by Jonathan

An interview with the creators of South Park, right before the airing of the episode that reminded us yet again of radical Islam’s deep and unyielding respect for freedom of speech and diversity of opinion:

Meanwhile, Big Hollywood declares where it stands.

“Down with Girly Jesus”

Posted in culture, religion on February 20, 2010 by Jonathan

Tim Blair on Islam’s appeal to men:

There’s no messing around with Mo; he runs a tough shop, which might explain the high number of prison conversions.

Whereas in today’s feminized church, the shop run by Jesus isn’t so much tough as it is touchy-feely. More and more churches are catching onto this.