In the last 70 years, Christianity has been hijacked and weaponized by an alliance between religious fundamentalists and political reactionaries. That dangerous alliance can only be stopped if critical thinkers in every tradition reach out and speak up in defense of moral values that all of us cherish. In a series of nimble, tightly focused arguments, I name the moral and intellectual failures of Christian fundamentalism. I sketch the cultural backstory of these mistakes. And then, issue by issue, I lay out relevant aspects of an alternative valued by Christian humanists and secular humanists alike: the moral imagination. I tell a lot of stories to keep everything accessible and down to earth: these are little books that anyone can read in a couple of evenings.
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According to new polls from the Pew Forum, two-thirds of Americans are dissatisfied with all ballot choices this fall. (In 2008, by comparison, only twenty-eight percent were dissatisfied at this point in the election cycle.) The hazard here is very real. Low turnout plus "protest votes" for third-party candidates can swing the election.
What should these dissatisfied voters do this November? And why? What assumptions underlie those choices? This is not your ordinary election, after all. Given the unprecedented dangers posed by Donald Trump, voters need to think carefully about what to do.
Herewith, then, three different theories about what it means to "vote your conscience" this November.