Western Conservative Moral Hierarchy

Since November 2017 I have come to appreciate how fundamental hierarchal thinking is to evangelicalism particularly, and conservatism by extension.  Below is my effort to summarize, and coarsely rank, in my own words the hierarchy of social elements in American Evangelicalism. Narrative Truth favored over Objective Truth God favored over Humankind Humankind favored over Nature…

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Sam Notes: Termination by Tweet (5)

Sam and I had just had breakfast together when I got tweet notifications from BNO that Trump had just fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.  I saw that Tillerson had less than 24 hours earlier made a sharp criticism of Putin and Russia in regards to the Russian attempted murder via a public dosing of…

Sam Notes: Morality Doesn’t Matter (4)

I started talking with Sam after reading an article from NRO regarding Christians and voting for Roy Moore. I was surprised that the article was addressing conservative Christians who did not want to support leaders with moral baggage, as in my experience this year such Christians have seemed to be in the minority, a small…

Sam Notes: Atheists (3)

In telling me about the TX shooting, Sam mentioned the shooter was an atheist. I asked if they knew (through reporting) if the shooter had been raised an atheist, or if something had more recently caused him to become an atheist. Sam said nobody was raised atheist, suggested disdain (implicit, not explicit) for atheists, and…

Sam Notes: Insurance (2)

Insurance came up incidentally due to an ad we both saw for extra insurance becoming available for significant health issues, such as heart attack (don't know much yet). Sam thought that was odd (how the conversation started) and I suggested it might be a reaction to the Senate's interests in reducing coverage for such issues.…

Sam Notes: Trump – Russia (1)

Russia, Trump, and Sam (12Jul17) I am still stunned. - No big deal - No evidence of Russian influence, just that Trump's message was preferred. - Okay for foreign governments to influence our elections - we do the same to others (inc Obama voicing support for Brexit, plus more covert) - other nations would understandably…

Sam Notes: Introduction

Since the middle of last year I have had several conversations with a friend, who I will call Sam here.  For the decade we were friends prior to the 2016 election we occasionally chatted about interesting news, including political news, of the day, though we never discussed anything deeply to my recollection.  Both being evangelical,…