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  1. Duane Arnold says:

    “There is no sign that American politics will become any less polarized and culturally divisive in the years ahead. As political identity solidifies and strengthens its grip on our collective consciousness, religious identity is poised to become more malleable. If our political leaders do or demand things inconsistent with our religious commitments while we are becoming less and less grounded in deeply rooted belief systems, we are more likely to change or adjust the latter to conform to the former.

    All this is to say that, in the years and decades ahead, these stories about the “different kind of evangelical voter” will become harder and harder to write. As these voters become more and more the norm, it is churchgoing, Bible-believing, “traditional” evangelicals who will appear to be the outliers. Those of us who try to adhere to the “religion-driving-politics” framework may find ourselves increasingly out of touch from our community, while trying to convince ourselves that it’s the other evangelicals who are weird.”

    Daniel Bennett

  2. Phil says:

    Michael, as you know, my Grandma was a librarian, and I would wait by the door for her to return home with my SI in hand. SI was the sports fans’ bible back then, but nowadays, you can get far better sports coverage for free without the politics.

    RIP SI.

  3. Michael says:

    Duane,

    Maybe when Trump is gone the church can find itself again…until then…not so much.

  4. Michael says:

    Phil,

    The Sporting News was my favorite…and the “digests” Football Digest, Hockey Digest, etc.

    There weren’t many outlets for hockey news…

  5. Phil says:

    Michael,

    Those were mine as well. Great tools for Fantasy Sports research!

  6. Linn says:

    I miss the freedom I had to travel all around my home town on the bus. No parking to worry about and lots of things to see in my area of the San Francisco Bay Area.

  7. Captain Kevin says:

    Michael, I’m not sure that things will change after Trump. “Evangelicals” are now conditioned to seek a political messiah.

  8. E-Dan says:

    Always enjoy Daniel (not David) Bennett’s blog but I think he’s making a distinction without a difference here.

    Sure, Trump is crude and no Christian role model and quite good at separating evangelicals from their pastors and congregations but…POLITICALLY, is there some huge difference between what policies Trump/today’s Republican Party want and what evangelicals and conservative pastors of all denominations have also wanted? And if so, what?

    Put another way, what would “traditional” Bible-believing evangelicals (Bennett’s words) want politically if Trump were not around? Given that elsewhere he speaks approvingly of things Trump achieved in office, I don’t think he’d want super-different goals, just a different process.

  9. Pineapple Head says:

    My favorite memory of Sports Illustrated was the 1985 April Fools article, “The Curious Case of Sidd Finch.” Had me hook, line, and sinker! I read SI mostly in the 70s as a middle schooler.

  10. Alan says:

    I miss Polaroid cameras, real film, the sound of a reel to reel in the situation room of football practice, the Wittenburg Door magazine, cinder tracks, gym”s that allow grunting sounds, praying at the sports events, head slapping offensive linemen, cassette tape players, when safe spaces wasn’t an obsession, Western Auto and Western Flyer bicycles, a world without social media, my first blackberry, Sandy Koufax vs Juan Marichal on Saturday with Dizzy Dean and Pee Wee Reece calling the plays— I could go on.

  11. Michael says:

    Great list, Alan.

    This is crazy…but I miss the days when things were scarce.

    You couldn’t follow every game your team played on a streaming services, so when they were on TV, it was special.
    You couldn’t go to YouTube and binge your favorite artist…so when you did hear or see them, it was special.

    There is little special anymore.

    I miss the necessity of having the best AM radio you could buy so you could listen long distance to ball games…and I greatly miss the men who made every such broadcast special.

  12. Alan says:

    I was reminded of when I had to wait for the Wednesday fish wrap to find the Dodger scores. Monday games were too late to make the evening sports or the morning paper. So we had to wait.

    Hated it but it made the love increase.

  13. Michael says:

    “Hated it but it made the love increase.”

    Yes, it did.

    For me to listen to my beloved L.A. Kings hockey games I had to march through the snow to our old ford pick up because that was the best radio I could find.
    I’d run the heater just enough to not freeze to death.

    The day I finally saw it all in person was close to what I expect from the eschaton…

  14. Captain Kevin says:

    You guys are waxing nostalgic!

  15. Dave says:

    I have a faint recollection of that wide-eyed innocent zeal experienced as a new believer in Christ …while wandering around a Christian book store for the first time.

    I was dumbstruck by the feeling of overwhelming gratitude (and ignorant, blind trust) …as I thought to myself; “Man, this is AWESOME! Look at all these educational materials my new brothers and sisters have selflessly labored to create, …all SPECIFICALLY designed to build up my faith!”

  16. Shawn says:

    As a result of this question my wife and I discussed this the other. Our conclusion was the things we miss the most are probably stemmed in the aforementioned scarcity. First of all was the sense of wonder and amazement that came from experiencing things in person and in the moment.

    Second, was the sense of freedom to explore and experience the world around us just as long as we were home by dark or dinner. I often long to lose my electronic leash but unfortunately it causes other people anxiety not knowing where I am or what I am doing.

    Third were drive-in movies and the unique experiences they brought. It was often a community within a community.

    I remember the Syd Finch article too. I fell for it as well. Lol. I guess I also miss reading the box scores in the Newspapers and clipping coupons with my mom.

    I also miss the days of when my faith was fresh and everything was new and exciting but I also know many of the trappings that surrounded it were at best spiritually superficial and debatable within the larger community of the Christian faith.

    Most of all I miss the many people who enriched my life that are no longer living. Some I know I will see again and others I have no such assurances. Yet, even then I hope.

  17. Captain Kevin says:

    Michael, not sure if there’s a change in the blog settings or something with my phone, but I can’t scroll PhxP without being inundated with ads for ways to “lose stubborn belly fat.” Lol!

  18. Michael says:

    CK,

    This will be the third time I’ve actually cut out the code that creates the mess…only to have it regrow itself…

  19. Captain Kevin says:

    So the code is as stubborn as the belly fat. Haha! Sorry. Don’t block me. 🤪

  20. Terry says:

    What I miss: Appliances and objects that don’t have microchips and motherboards in them. I miss well made, purely mechanical things. If I want to engage with 1s and 0s I have an iMac, a laptop and a smartphone.

  21. Captain Kevin says:

    Terry, I have some family members who pay extra money to get appliances, everything from coffee makers to dishwashers, with all the fancy bells and whistles. They can be run remotely with Bluetooth or WiFi. Then they spend more money to get them repaired because something always goes wrong. Yet, when they eventually need some new appliance, they’ll do the same thing all over again. I just shake my head.

  22. Terry says:

    CK – I spent almost $300 for drip coffee maker from the Netherlands that hasn’t changed its design since the ’60s. All copper tubing and one on/off button. Its the last coffee maker I need to purchase. (I know, I could have bought 10 Mr. Coffees). My car is a 2014 Toyota Tacoma with roll-up windows, an actual insertable key, and no dash display. Bliss.

  23. Muff Potter says:

    @Terry,
    It’s almost universal nowadays that in engineering design departments they’ve abandoned the KISS rule (keep it simple stupid). Ever more useless ‘features’, and things to go wrong.
    I wonder if it’s occurred to those geniuses that the driver’s eyes are supposed to be focused on the road and not all that dashboard glitz?

  24. Dan from Georgia says:

    I have a Sony alarm clock radio that I have been using since the 1990s. Yes, you read that right, the 1990s. No bluetooth, no “connectivity” or airdrop, etc.

  25. Captain Kevin says:

    Dan, and I’ll bet it works great!!

  26. Captain Kevin says:

    Terry, I’m guessing that coffee maker has or will pay for itself many times over.

  27. Captain Kevin says:

    Muff, I have no doubt that cell phones and dashboard glitz account for the reason that I come close to getting run off the road about twice a week.

  28. Everstudy says:

    Dan, I’ve got that clock beat. I still have my RCA alarm I got in 1984 when I started 7th grade.

  29. Dan from Georgia says:

    CK…yes, still works. I never have used the radio as an alarm, but just the buzzing part I use.

    Everstudy…wow! That’s amazing. A year or two I bought one of those “smart” alarm clocks, and I couldn’t even use it unless I set it up via Google and had a specific spot set up in the house for it…

    …for crying out loud! I just want an alarm clock that rings/buzzes when I want it to wake me up, not tell me what the temperature is outside, the days news (I’m sure that would be relaxing to wake to), geez!

  30. Linn says:

    Dan,
    I have one of those radios, too! It still works great. However, I usually just listen to music on it as setting my phone is easier (it’s easier to grab my phone).

  31. Alan says:

    The banner note of this discussion was kind of left aside. Sports Illustrated seems to have committed suicide. They have increasingly become irrelevant to the constituency they served. So those of us who loved it (I did) really don’t care that it’s going away. It already left us. That is happening a lot in the era of social and cultural reconstruction.

  32. Michael says:

    Alan,

    With all due respect…I don’t think so.

    Sports Illustrated didn’t die because it published something that a segment of the population didn’t like.

    Most sources I read occasionally post something that could offend me…I just don’t read that posting.

    SI died because of the same reasons most magazines and newspapers have gone the way of the dinosaur…they are simply not profitable in the internet age.

    This way of thinking…that everything that doesn’t conform to our thinking needs to die…is not helpful…and is rarely accurate.

  33. Michael says:

    On the other hand…

    I think corporations are learning the lessons churches should have…that being that catering to the far left views of sexuality is not profitable either.

    The market may lead to the moral correction that we have forfeited the power to affect…

  34. Jean says:

    I think print media of all kinds is going under for a few reasons: people don’t want to pay for it when they can get what they perceive is equivalent or better content for free; people are abandoning reading lengthy articles in favor of audible media; and social media provides immediate information that magazines and even daily newspapers can’t compete with.

  35. filistine says:

    SI’s online footprint is not even a shadow of its pedigree. That’s what brevity, catchy tag-lines, and short attention spans will do. The fact that adult male sports nuts read entire articles was always a head scratcher, but that these (self included) neanderthals also were exposed to quality writing was a bonus few could calculate. RIPSI.

  36. filistine says:

    by the way, whoda thought a simple donation to N. Haley could forever remove me from MAGA association? Talk about money well-spent…

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