I appreciated that you felt provoked enough by the article to respond. I'm not going to bother responding to all your criticisms, though, since they're petty compared to our underlying disagreements.

I'll just point out that you misread the part you think I got right in the article, where it says that US society is headed for totalitarianism solely because of Democratic overreach, cancel culture, and the like. You missed the first three words of that sentence: "Gilson despairs that..." I was representing what the evangelical Trumpist Gilson says in his article, so I could refute it.

Instead of hashing out the disagreements here, why don't we debate the underlying issues by email and I could post the exchange on Medium? I've done this with other readers. (See the first link below, which is an exchange I had with another Medium writer and reader, on spiritual versus secular enlightenment.)

If you're interested, you can use the contact form on my blog, sending me an email without having to type your email address on the internet, and I'd reply and we could set up a written debate. (See the second link and scroll down just below the "About the author" section to where it says "Contact this blog's author.")

I'd much rather we avoid personal attacks and focus on the philosophical and theological issues. For example, we could debate whether evangelical Christians are (or were) justified in supporting Trump's presidency, whether Trump was a great president, or whether Democrats or Republicans are currently the greater existential threats to the US. Or we could debate religious questions such as whether God exists, whether there's good reason to be Christian, or whether the Bible is a supernatural source of wisdom.

https://medium.com/@benjamincain8/secular-versus-religious-enlightenment-4ab6a9d17b89?source=friends_link&sk=d857270ab185bfeb2b4fd13ce265287b

http://rantswithintheundeadgod.blogspot.com/

Knowledge condemns. Art redeems. I learned that as an artistic writer who did a doctorate in philosophy. We should try to see the dark comedy in all things.

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