Current events

News will happen while I’m away this week.  Hopefully, I won’t even know about it.  But something is bound to happen that begs for discussion.  If and when something happens, tell about it briefly in a comment, along with a link to the full story.  The rest of you, talk about it by hitting “reply” to that comment.  By the end of the week, we should have a compendium of the week’s news, along with the necessary commentary.  That will catch me up when I return to civilization, assuming it can last long enough to be here when I get back.

Theological discussions

This is your chance to post your questions and convictions on matters theological, with informed readers from many different traditions answering you, arguing with you, or maybe helping you think things through.

Talk politics

Are the Republicans doomed?  Are the Democrats cracking up?  Are any potential presidential candidates from either party emerging who are in any way attractive?  Are libertarians the up-and-coming political consensus, finally bringing our polarized country together around issues such as civil liberties, free markets,  and peace?  Or is there some other way out of our current political malaise?  Or is our current political malaise a good thing?  You tell me.

Culture & pop culture

“Culture” is one of those lofty words with lots of meanings.  It can refer to a “society” with all of its institutions, values, and customs.  Or it can refer to “the arts,” as in going to the opera to soak up some culture.   Ken Meyers usefully distinguishes between folk culture (the ways and artifcats of a community with a common history), high culture (the contributions of talented individuals that go on to benefit a whole society), and pop culture (the commercialized artifacts designed to be bought and sold).

In this space, take it whichever way you want to.  Raise questions of vast social import (for instance, gay marriage), talk about music (bluegrass groups in the folk culture, or jazz artists in the high culture, or whatever) or books you are enjoying, or talk about issues of summer entertainment (was the Lone Ranger really as bad as the critics are saying?).

New technology for Patheos

Going to Patheos has worked well for this blog.  Our readership is up half again what it was before we made the move.  And I’ve gotten used to the form (short posts on the homepage with a jump to the rest of it) and like it.  Yes, we’ve complained about the new Disqus comment system, but hopefully you’ll like some new technology that has been implemented. Details after the jump. [Read more...]

This new commenting system

As you have seen, the new “Disqus” commenting system being implemented on all Patheos blogs that I said was coming has gone into effect.  I’m still figuring it out myself.  One thing I learned:  “Disqus” is pronounced “discuss.”  (Get it? I know, I know. . . )  Here are a few features that might have benefits for our discussions on this particular blog: [Read more...]


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