Richard Gallagher is a board-certified New York psychiatrist who serves as a consultant for exorcists in distinguishing between mental illness and demonic possession. He tells his story in the Washington Post, no less, excerpted and linked after the jump. [Read more…]
The sports world obediently accepts the new cultural mandates about gender. That means transgendered men can now compete, as women, in women’s sports.
Consider this case study: Fallon Fox is a man who has transitioned into being a woman. He, now called she, competes in women’s mixed martial arts. Fox has so far beaten–and beaten up–5 women, having lost only one match in a technical knockout. Here is an account of Fox’s last fight:
During Fox’s fight against Tamikka Brents, Brents suffered a concussion, an orbital bone fracture, and seven staples to the head. After her loss, Brents took to social media to fuel the controversy surrounding Fox’s perceived advantage: “I’ve fought a lot of women and have never felt the strength that I felt in a fight as I did that night. I can’t answer whether it’s because she was born a man or not because I’m not a doctor. I can only say, I’ve never felt so overpowered ever in my life and I am an abnormally strong female in my own right,” she stated. “Her grip was different, I could usually move around in the clinch against other females but couldn’t move at all in Fox’s clinch…”
Is this kind of competition fair? Are those of you who are sympathetic to transgendered individuals OK with this? And can’t you wait to see how this plays out in the Olympics, which has opened women’s sports to men who have not had “gender-reassignment surgery,” just hormone treatments?
After the jump, a picture and a link to a discussion by J. Douglas Johnson. [Read more…]
Some Christians feel closer to God when they are happy (and if they aren’t, they often feel that there is something wrong with them spiritually). Other Christians feel closer to God when they are hurting or struggling. Those with the sunnier religious experience have been called “Summer Christians.” Those with the darker experiences of God have been called “Winter Christians.”
This distinction may have some affinity with Luther’s “theology of glory” vs. “the theology of the cross,” but it seems to be more a matter of temperament. But in today’s climate, “Winter Christians” may well feel themselves written out of the church. After the jump, some links to the subject, including a study of how today’s pop Christian music is nearly always oriented to Summer Christians, while Christian music of the past deals with darker, more wintry themes. [Read more…]
Chaucer describes a bustling lawyer (the Sergeant of Law) like this:
Nowhere so bisy a man he ther nas And yet he semed bisier than he was
It turns out, though we all complain about how busy we are, a study of how we actually use the 24 hours in our days suggests that we may not be as busy as we think. Or so says Laura Vanderkam, working mother of four, in the New York Times. [Read more…]
Brain researcher Robert Epstein explains that, contrary to what we keep hearing, the brain is NOT a computer. We don’t process information, we don’t retrieve memories, and we won’t be able someday to download our minds into the internet. [Read more…]