Against Opinions: Wisdom from Susan Sontag and Richard Hell

I think about this quote a lot: There was one thing [Sontag] said that I didn't understand at all until many years later. She said that she 'hated opinions' and that she'd rather not have them. I thought she was being like [host] Victor [Bockris] in contrarian incitement. I took it for granted so completely that opinions defined a person, that one was the sum of one's opinions and that the point was to have interesting ones, that I could only think she meant something else, like prejudices' … [Read more...]

In Defense of “Spiritual, But Not Religious”

So today I learned that I'm bizarrely defensive of this much-mocked self-description. I think my basic defense is that "spiritual, but not religious" means radically different things to different people, and some of those things are the result of profound and painful attempts to love and serve God. ("God, as you understand God," as they say.) Here are some things I think people may mean when they say that they're spiritual but not religious: * I had a consumerist relationship with a church … [Read more...]

Seven Quick Takes… Almost Friday

Yo. Let's see if this is actually seven or not! "Bullying Prevention Programs May Have Negative Impact." To me the key thing here is the recommendation to focus on "systemic change within the schools," rather than turning bullying into a Thing which you've set aside and spotlit. If you're instilling students with respect for one another and for the teachers, and if teachers and other authority figures aren't tacitly approving of bullying, you are a lot less likely to get to the point where … [Read more...]

“Desolations”

of being gay and Christian--Brent Bailey blogs: I resist stereotypes about gay people and try to avoid ascribing certain inclinations or aversions to my sexual orientation. With that being said, I recognize there are certain ways my sexual orientation has directly influenced my relationship with God and my relationships with other Christians. This post is a sketchbook for me to reflect on the desolations I attribute to being gay, the ways it’s harmed my faith. These aren’t the ways it’s … [Read more...]


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