Ayn Rand Christmas Cards

Thanks to the Daily Kos for these. Seeing Rand’s words on Christmas cards seems to make it that much clearer how much her philosophy of unbridled capitalism is diametrically opposed to the teachings of Christianity. Click through for more. [Read more…]

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Jubilee Capitalism

PZ Myers shared the cartoon above. It struck me as reflecting on it that there is an interesting convergence between the radical egalitarian meritocracy talked about in the comic, and the vision of the Jubilee law in the Bible. The Jubilee law required that once a generation, land would revert to its original owner. The possibility of [Read More…]

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Progressive Christianity in the Spotlight

The Fountains United Methodist Church recently had the experience of a number of conservative churches in its area banding together to preach against progressive Christianity. They promoted the sermon series with signs and news articles promising a series of sermons on conservative fundamentals: The Fountanins UMC church responded with a banner borrowed from another congregation: [Read More…]

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Happy May Day!

May 1st is International Workers’ Day. It seems like the United States may be closer to being ready to actually celebrate this holiday, which has in the past been rejected as something for socialists and Communists. People are talking about compensation, wealth, equality, and injustice more widely in the US today than at any time I can [Read More…]

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#IndyWelcomesAll

I was at Indianapolis Airport today, and noticed this banner:   If you have ever been to Indianapolis, you will know the statement is true. Indianapolis is a very diverse city, and one which embraces and relishes that diversity. It is characteristic of many states, and not only Indiana, that its urban areas are “blue”'and [Read More…]

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LEGO Social Mobility

Inequality and social mobility (or lack thereof) in the United States, illustrated with LEGO. HT IO9. [Read more…]

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Judging Others

Recently in a conversation I had, I was trying to remember where I saw the conversation below. It came to my attention on Pinterest again and so I thought I’d share it. It makes through anecdotes a general point that I think ought to be obvious: when you judge people for being poor and yet [Read More…]

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Where We Focus Our Efforts

The United States lags behind other countries in many respects, despite being wealthier, and in most instances also more populous. We have more money and hours than most other major world powers and developed nations to dedicate to the things we consider important. And so why are things like poverty, health care, and education not [Read More…]

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It’s All Here in the Bible

I wish I’d come across this political cartoon by Kevin Moore about Obama as the antichrist when it was made in 2008. But better late than never, and even if it is not as politically timely now, its point about Biblical interpretation remains as relevant as ever. [Read more…]

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Jesus Actively Supported Hand-Outs

These were inspired by some clever puns by Candida Moss, about how the stories about him healing of the lame show that Jesus wanted people to stand on their own two feet, while the story of him healing a man with a withered hand shows that Jesus was in favor of hand-outs.   [Read more…]

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Interest in the Bible

Fred Clark recently noted how odd it is that some will make an issue that is of at most tangential interest (pun intended) to the Biblical authors a litmus test of religious identity, but ignore things that are emphasized repeatedly. One obvious example is the Bible's prohibition against charging interest (at least when lending to [Read More…]

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