Spruce Treeeeeeee!

Fred Clark has offered a characteristically witty post that builds on my recent one about an ancient spruce tree in Sweden. He suggests that “spruce tree” can become the standard response to any young-earth creationist nonsense one is presented with (much like the YEC phrase “were you there” except that in this case the response [Read More...]

We’re All Going To Hell

Fred Clark at Slacktivist has posted some thoughts on the Bill O’Reilly conversation with Candida Moss that I shared here recently. In his post he writes: Moss does not euphemize or equivocate about what the text says that Jesus said or that Jesus said this as a direct assertion of fact. Jesus said that if [Read More...]

ISIPFEDOYL

Fred Clark, in yet another post lambasting the issues with the Left Behind series, also tackles a more general issue that is reflected in the novels: He writes: This idea of God’s intensely specific individual plan for every detail of your life is a feature of American evangelical piety that we’d be better off without. [Read More...]

Debatable

Fred Clark has a great post on magic tricks and the art of debate, which he starts off by saying ““Debate” is a parlor trick.” Here is a sample: When Ray Comfort challenges someone to a debate over the truth of Christianity, I wince because I am a Christian and I know that Comfort is [Read More...]

How To Win At Bible

Fred Clark has a post about one problematic but very popular approach to using the Bible, namely as a sort of card game in which clobber verse is pitted against clobber verse. He writes: But the problem, in her inquisitor’s eyes, is that this passage is not itself a clobber-text. He reads the Bible like [Read More...]

More on the Ridiculousness of Left Behind

Fred Clark is continuing his series that takes apart the unintentionally comical character of the Left Behind books in slow motion. His latest post on Nicolae: The Rise of the Antichrist is a gem. It includes wonderful statements like this: Tim LaHaye wants his readers to recognize that he, Tim LaHaye, is uniquely correct about [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (C. S. Lewis)

I am a democrat because I believe that no man or group of men is good enough to be trusted with uncontrolled power over others. And the higher the pretensions of such power, the more dangerous I think it both to rulers and to the subjects. Hence Theocracy is the worst of all governments. If [Read More...]

Left Behind in a Nutshell

A quote from the latest post in Fred Clark’s ongoing review of the Left Behind series gets at the heart of his evaluation: This is a pattern in these books. We’re told that Buck Williams is a master journalist, but since the authors couldn’t be bothered to learn what good journalism looks like, we’re shown that Buck is a [Read More...]

God is not a Jerk

That’s the conclusion Fred Clark draws in a recent post. Here’s the conclusion: God is not a jerk. God does not want you to be a jerk. So if you ever feel like God’s will, or God’s commands, or God’s rules are compelling you to act like a jerk — to betray your conscience, to be unloving, unjust, unkind, [Read More...]

That’s Not Taking Revelation Literally

One media outlet described the man who quit his job over a form with the number 666 on it as taking Revelation literally. Fred Clark had this to say, with his characteristic combination of sarcastic wit and religious insight:   No. No, no, no, 666 times no. Believers like Slonopas do not “take the book [Read More...]

The Bible as Conversation

There is a repost of a classic blog entry by Michael Spencer on the iMonk blog today which deserves to get widely read and discussed. I am reproducing the core of it below – click through to read the whole thing: This idea, of a great conversation taking place over time and culture, and then [Read More...]


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