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Heretics here and there

Books | Authors analyze challenges for American Christianity from within and without
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 8/24/12, 05:37 am

Ross Douthat's Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics (Free Press, 2012) notes rightly that heresy often comes from intensifying one Christian teaching and ignoring those that temper it. For example, we need to keep in mind that we are both made in God's image and fatally corrupted by original sin. Douthat writes that "absent the latter emphasis, religion becomes a license for egotism and selfishness," with adultery becoming "following your heart" and vanity becoming "self-improvement."

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Doubting Thomas

Religion | Scholars call Jefferson a skeptic as David Barton finds a new publisher for his controversial book
by Thomas S. Kidd
Posted 8/24/12, 05:37 am

The controversy over David Barton's The Jefferson Lies (see "The David Barton Controversy," Aug. 25 issue) led Thomas Nelson to stop publishing the book (see "Lost confidence," Aug. 9)—but Glenn Beck's Mercury Ink plans to publish a new edition.

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Notable Books

Notable Books | Four 'bonnet' novels
by Susan Olasky
Posted 8/24/12, 05:37 am

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