Category Archives: Pet Peeves

Annoyances. Things that, while untroubling to others (or even popular), irk the Pious Eye.

Representative Democracy ≠ Republic

(Last updated on 4 February 2019) The United States was not founded as just a “representative democracy,” nor is “representative democracy” a synonym for “republic.” The point of the American Republic established by the U.S. Constitution is that free and … Continue reading

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Okay Planner, but Spare Us the PC Marketing

(Last updated on 6 October 2014) Image of harvested trees (don’t worry, they’ll grow back) © Copyright Alan Stewart and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons licence.If, like me, you set yourself hard deadlines and make formal appointments only … Continue reading

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Religion Is Not A Four Letter Word

(Last updated on 16 January 2013) Though I’m generally a fan of LifeWay and its publications, I’m disappointed to find its new Gospel Project curriculum* indulging in the weary and misguided “religion is bad / Christianity is something other than … Continue reading

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Hermeneutical Maxim (Against Various “Wax Nose” Hermeneutics)

(Last updated on 10 July 2014) No matter how clever, sophisticated, erudite, linguistically astute, or stunningly beautiful in its complexity your interpretive scheme may be, if it requires you to ignore or dismiss patently clear passages of Scripture, or to … Continue reading

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Christianity: Religion or Relationship?

(Last updated on 7 July 2018) The world is full of popular, clever-sounding sayings that are simply not true. This brief post concerns one such pseudo-aphorism, namely this: Christianity is not a religion; it’s a relationship. (Anonymous, traditional.) This popular … Continue reading

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