Author Archives: dpmonahan

Blame the Evangelicals?

Per the Daily Beast: The moral corruption apparent in the largest segment of American Protestantism began in the ’80s when Jerry Falwell Sr.’s Moral Majority and Ralph Reed’s Christian Coalition started to cozy up to politicians with a conservative social and economic agenda. It’s precisely at that moment when pollsters began to record a retreat […]

The Customer is Always Wrong: a pop culture triptych

After early success with The Force Awakens Disney is now risking losing money on its newly acquired Star Wars franchise. Fans say they don’t like how Disney killed off the old characters and complain that the new characters are either boring or outright irritating. Disney reacts by saying the fans just don’t like ethnically diverse […]

Is all art political?

  Some people don’t like politics in their entertainment, and some entertainers answer that all art is political, so suck it up and buy our politicized art. Well, are they right? Is all art political? I don’t know. One could argue that all art takes place in a social context and all social contexts have […]

Five Stages of Political Causes

Stephen Hayward in the the WSJ argues that Climate Change is dead as a political cause. He uses Anthony Downs “Issue-Attention” cycle to map its decline. Every cause goes through the following process: Experts and activists sound the alarm about a problem needing public attention. Media and politicians discover the issue, bringing about a period […]

OK guys, time to start casting stones

Paige Patterson, formerly a big wheel among the Southern Baptists, was fired from his job as a seminary Dean for having pressured a student to not bring forward rape charges against a classmate. What Patterson did was very bad but in the rush to destroy his reputation people have dug up an old video of […]

Fitness Friday: finally joined the Y

Last Sunday I joined the local YMCA. The cost is a bit high for a gym of this quality, $75/month, but it is in walking distance and the hours are convenient. I suppose the $75 would be quite a bargain if I also wanted to shoot hoops and swim laps in the pool full of […]

Inherit eternal life (or quit when ahead)

The young man approaches Jesus and asks, “Good master, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” And we all know what Jesus says: “Go sell everything you have and give to the poor, then you will have external life”. Right? No. Of course not. Jesus said no such thing. Why is it that people […]