Anachronistic Narratives and Students’ Attempts To Understand Abolitionism

Via Open Left comes these remarks (worth reading in full) from Clio Bluestocking on the appallingly shallow and badly framed ways that her students are conceiving of the abolitionist movement: For example, in the past few years, I have read essays that refer to the conditions of slavery as a “lifestyle.” I have read essays framing the strengths and weaknesses of the different methods of anti-slavery societies as the successes or failures of the members’ determination, perseverance, and work ethic…. Read more

“Fed up with all this ‘I want to make out with my boyfriend Jesus’ music.'”

Rod Dreher stresses that he has nothing but good will towards Evangelicals and does not mean to bash them but nonetheless relays these interesting critiques of the movement from a couple of former Evangelicals who wound up becoming Orthodox after disaffection with contemporary Evangelical marketing and practices: I pointed to a particular megachurch, and told a story about how a young Evangelical friend decided he’d had enough of that place, and megachurch Christianity, on the day he was watching the… Read more

Ireland Outlaws Blasphemous Libel

From ScienceBlogs’ Ed Brayton. The law states, in part: 36. Publication or utterance of blasphemous matter. (1) A person who publishes or utters blasphemous matter shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable upon conviction on indictment to a fine not exceeding €100,000. [Amended to €25,000] (2) For the purposes of this section, a person publishes or utters blasphemous matter if (a) he or she publishes or utters matter that is grossly abusive or insulting in relation to… Read more

In Praise of Feelbad Art

Anyone who cites a film’s being “depressing” as a fatal criticism of said film immediately conveys to me that we will never, in a million years, be simpatico.  Jon Canter has a piece in The Guardian on the topic and he profiles Charlie Kaufman’s latest masterpiece: Charlie Kaufman’s Synecdoche, New York is a feelbad classic. I’ve seen it twice and urge you to do the same. Both times it gave me a mid-life crisis. But that’s a recommendation. I’m 56…. Read more

American Conservatism Right Now–Less A Movement Than An Industry

In the context of trying to make sense of the Palin phenomenon and her recent resignation, Andrew Sullivan perfectly sums up the problem with the current state of America’s right wing establishment: And this helps explain the broader problem with American conservatism right now. It is less a movement than an industry. From Fox News to talk radio to conservative publishing houses, it has created an alternate and lucrative media reality that is worth a fortune to those able to… Read more

Carnival Of The Godless And The Atheist Blogroll

Camels With Hammers is honored to be included in the current “Carnival of the Godless”–a blog carnival which features atheism blogs. Thanks to StateofProtest for running the carnival!  I highly recommend you peruse some of the blogs profiled there. We also have been remiss in not mentioning sooner that we are now on The Atheist Blogroll. Many thanks to Mojoey both for maintaining the blogroll and especially for admitting us to it.  We’ll be adding the logo soon and we… Read more

Israeli Orthodox Jews Protest Parking Lot Opening On Sabbath

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Politifact Refutes Rumor That ACLU Sought To Remove Crosses From Military Headstones

Of course by now we should all know not to believe anything we read in chain e-mails, but since they still show up with hysterical claims rather frequently, it always helps to have facts on hand for those who send them to us. So, here is Politifact’s investigation of the chain e-mail claim that “The ACLU has filed a suit to have all military cross-shaped headstones removed” with a thorough refutation that led to their classifying the rumor as a… Read more

Daily Hilarity: Plato’s State of the Art Graphics Cave

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You Are Not A Biblical Character 2: Father Freeman’s Reply

Father Stephen Freeman, a Russian Orthodox priest and blogger, fired an excellent rebuke at all those who apply biblical stories to their lives in hermeneutically reckless fashion. While I agreed with Father Freeman’s post, I argued that his criticisms should be extended to all of theology and not just be taken to target only its corruption. Father Freeman was gracious enough to stop by and address my criticism in the comments section to my post.  I reproduce here his reply… Read more

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