Category Archives: Lent

The Inspiration Section & Placebo Jesus

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“For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great sings and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.”
~Matthew 24:24

This past weekend Jenny and I took the kids to one of our favorite local bookstores just to have some browsing time.  But while we were there I noticed something strange.  My favorite section, the “Religion” section, had its name changed.  Now it was no longer the “Religion” section.  It was the “Inspiration” section.  There were still some religious books there – titles by C. S. Lewis, the Dalai Lama, and Reza Aslan – but there were also countless hallmark-style books; tiny volumes with collected quotes from various religious and philosophical works that were personally affirming and encouraging.  Other titles were self-help in nature, focusing on finding inner peace, financial stability, and so forth.  All were lumped together in one section.

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