The Ventriloquist

An online publication at and outside the boundary of evangelical Christianity.

posts by Grant Miller



September 2013

Common Core

by Grant Miller, on Education, September 2013

Do you want to know why conservatives are so opposed to Common Core State Standards in education? It is because many conservatives oppose postmodernism. By definition, conservatives value what they see as unbending, immutable “truths” as underscored by the “self-evident truths” in the Constitution & the “inerrant, infallible” truths of the Christian scriptures. (It is not, mind you, that progressives discount the Constitution or that many progressives do not also…



April 2013

The Tyranny of Freedom

by Grant Miller, on Politics, April 2013

In 1779, Thomas Jefferson penned the following words: [N]o man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever, nor shall be enforced, restrained, molested, or burthened in his body or goods, nor shall otherwise suffer, on account of his religious opinions or belief; but that all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinions in matters of religion,…



April 2012

Constituencies or Change?

by Grant Miller, on Cedarville, April 2012

“We aren’t looking for a faith that provides all the answers; we’re looking for one in which we are free to ask the questions.” –Rachel Held Evans, Evolving in Monkey Town p. 204 Christian colleges and universities around the United States face a dilemma--one that will determine their futures (and for some, whether they’ll even have one). Here at Cedarville, we pride ourselves on our tagline, “Inspiring…



February 2012

Deconstructing Scripture: Why Literalism Makes You Lazy

by Grant Miller, on Theology, February 2012

Deconstruction: “A philosophical theory of criticism that seeks to expose deep-seated contradictions in a work by delving below its surface meaning” [as defined by Princeton University.] I have a confession to make. I am a deconstructionist. For those of you who have been absolutely inundated and saturated with the mores of deconstruction, you are not alone. Deconstruction, a mode of thought which has resurfaced in the face of the postmodern…