Why Are Christians Disowning Their Most Important Symbol?

A federal court ruled that Utah must remove crosses planted alongside highways to remember state troopers killed in the line of duty. They concluded that the crosses violated the law by implying that “the state prefers or otherwise endorses a certain religion.” Many Christians are, predictably, outraged.

I addressed this issue back when the Christmas-vs.-holiday debate was raging. I referred to Steven Waldman, author of Founding Faith: Providence, Politics, and the Birth of Religion, who pointed out that the cross-defenders are destroying the meaning of the very symbol they’re trying to save:   Continue reading “Why Are Christians Disowning Their Most Important Symbol?”

37 Days To Go: What’s in a Name?

We’re a little behind on the Trading 8s Christmas Countdown, but maybe we shouldn’t be calling it that at all. Heck, I’m not even sure if a majority of our contributors are Christian!

Nothing rankles Christian Americans like the suggestion that “Merry Christmas!” is an offensive phrase. But the implications are even bigger than that. According to my favorite business school, the word has inserted itself into the wild world of capitalism too:   Continue reading “37 Days To Go: What’s in a Name?”