"No experiment can be more interesting than that we are now trying, and which we trust will end in establishing the fact, that man may be governed by reason and truth. Our first object should therefore be, to leave open to him all the avenues to truth. The most effectual hitherto found, is the freedom of the press. It is, therefore, the first shut up by those who fear the investigation of their actions." --Thomas Jefferson to John Tyler, 1804.

A shift in the churches of central Seattle

A Crosscut piece definitely worth the read: About the shift of ownership of one of the key churches, University Baptist Church near the University of Washington – a landmark among liberal churches in the area.

Now the Mars Hill Church, an Evangelical church known for its conservative stances and its criticism of the region’s dominant culture, has bought the place.

Takeaway quote from the Crosscut piece (which goes into some detail, with nuances beyond but largely backing the quote): “Once, in the not too distant past, Protestant Christianity was the religious expression of the prevailing culture and its values. Increasingly, it seems that Christianity, at least in its currently thriving expressions like Mars Hill, plays a more oppositional role in relation to the prevailing culture and its values.”

Seattle: As a prevailing matter, you’re either Evangelical or secular? Historically, that hasn’t been a realistic formulation. But it may be getting that way.

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