Author archive: Dr. Joel McDurmon

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Finding the cure for rapture theology trauma
Sep 19, 2014
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I reposted an “American Vision classic” a couple days ago and was surprised at the overwhelming response. It was called “Life and Death and the Last Days, or, Why Eschatology Matters.” There were a couple negative comments, but overwhelmingly people responded with gratitude. It was this reception that drove the piece to be even more […]
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“If I were President.” Ha.
Sep 18, 2014
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I saw a popular megachurch pastor post today on “10 things I would do if I were president.” A few of his ideas were good. Some were not. Some were contradictory (like cutting taxes and declaring indefinite wars at the same time). (As an aside, he justified none of his political theory from Scripture.) It […]
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Food stamps for fascists
Sep 17, 2014
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Conservatives rightly rail against “welfare” programs such as food stamps. This is especially true when these programs are abused, but it is true in general as well. The government simply should not be in the business of redistributing wealth, and certainly not of giving direct handouts, especially to people who are perfectly capable of working. […]
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Taxing like a harlot
Sep 16, 2014
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I want to thank you to Doug for the consideration of considering my response on taxation. He has, as may be expected, volleyed back. After carefully weighing his counterexamples and their stated implications, I don’t think they make the case. They actually support my thesis more clearly. First, I would like to note in passing […]
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Cruzifiction
Sep 13, 2014
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Ted Cruz has made a serious mistake—one supported by sentiments of millions of American evangelicals—and it could cost the lives of many Christians. I suppose you’ve heard by now that Ted Cruz was recently “booed off stage” for a senseless, ill-placed “stand with Israel” gaffe at a banquet for persecuted Middle East Christians. The worst […]
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“The Christian Social Thought Tradition” tribe attacks my tribe for “tribalism”
Sep 12, 2014
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An article published by World Magazine calls out “evangelical tribalism.” The author, a reformed scholar named Anthony Bradley, criticizes evangelicals for ignoring something called “the Christian social thought tradition” (note the definite article). Instead, he argues, they baptize pet political ideas with cherry-picked Bible verses and proclaim their opinions “biblical” and all others “enemies.” Thus, […]
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A telling tale of two reactions to theonomy
Sep 11, 2014
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I receive a generous amount of feedback for my work here at American Vision. Most of it is positive. Some is negative. Of the negative feedback, a small portion is coherent. Negative feedback can be important. If it is incoherent, of course, it is worthless. The coherent responses, however, may—and I stress may—alert you to […]
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Is there such thing as “legitimate taxation”?
Sep 8, 2014
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The answer is no. Now let’s explain. Doug Wilson has published an opinion that “taxation can be done right,” by which he means there is legitimate taxation according to the Bible. While I esteem much of Rev. Wilson, and there is tremendous overlap between us in general, I disagree with this sentiment, and I think […]