Breakfast Links, 11/2/12: Religious Opium; Romney Riot; Don’t Vote for Jesus!


Timothy Dalrymple, Patheos/Philosophical Fragments: “No, I’m not saying that a vote for Obama is a vote for Jesus.  I’m saying that a vote for Jesus is a vote for Obama…And a vote for Obama is a vote for abortion.” – on why casting a ballot for Jesus is a very bad idea

Marc Barnes, Patheos/Bad Catholic: on why to believe in heaven – “The most strict, most terrifying moral code in human history was followed without any promise of eternal reward. (If religion is the opium of the people, we are a masochistic people smoking some godawful opium.)”

Romney At Alfred E. Smith Dinner Video/The Right Scoop: A Night of Humor from Romney –  who knew Romney was so funny

Brad Williams, Patheos/Christ and Popculture: it’s not the economy that’s the election’s biggest issue – “Whether or not the candidates are talking about abortion during the debates or on the campaign trail; abortion is the largest issue on the minds of many Americans, especially evangelicals. And rightly so.”

Katie van Schaijik, Crisis Magazine: It’s About Conceptionon the crisis for faith and conscience in Obamacare

Karen Spears Zacharias, Patheos/Karen Spears Zacharias: – some things just aren’t funny – “Andre maintained it was all just a bad joke. Said he had only duct-taped his daughter for fun and had not left her that way long. But when he posted the child’s photo to Facebook, some of his Facebook friends called officials.”

Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog: Sistine Chapel Turns 500 – a wonderful work of art turns 500

Frank Viola, Patheos/Frank Viola: – what the media wants everyone to believe – “So while there are certainly exceptions, I’ve identified nine common lies perpetuated by people in the media. Granted, there are enough vocal evangelicals to bolster each of these stereotypes, so the media isn’t completely responsible. But nuance is necessary here.”

John B. Taylor, Defining Ideas: Intro to Romneynomics -from a Hoover fellow on why Romney economics work, and Obama’s doesn’t

Paul Louis Metzger & John W. Morehead, Patheos: “We Evangelical Christians should not only concern ourselves with these biblical monsters as we wrestle with the meaning of monsters in our religious tradition. We should also be concerned about the monsters we Evangelicals create in the name of our faith and what we do with them.” – Halloween has its monsters, but so does the church

Michael Gerson, Real Clear Politics: The Moment that Doomed Obama? -what caused the possible defeat of an incumbent President

Joel J. Miller, Patheos/Joel J. Miller: “Christianity is no private affair. It’s a communion of mutual dependence. We don’t get here on our own, and we don’t stay here on our own either.” – on the need for prayer and unity

Michael Tomasky, Daily Beast: How Obama Can Seal the Deal -what can Obama do to win next week?

George F. Will, Washington Post Opinion: Obama’s Empty Noise -a litany of failure and bogus language

John Mark Reynolds, Patheos/EIDOS: “Millions of brothers and sisters in Christ will vote differently than I will vote. They are (for the moment) opposed to me politically, but they are not the “enemy.” My enemy is the Devil and evil . . . and there is enough battle there to consume most of my time!” – a reminder of who the real enemy is



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  • arthur1526

    The appointed hour is determined and does not change.
    From Risalei Nur collection by Said Nursi.

    So know firstly and believe firmly that the appointed hour is determined and does not change. Those weeping beside the grievously sick and those in perfect health have died, while the grievously sick have been cured and lived.
    The appointed hour is not known: in order to deliver man from absolute despair and absolute heedlessness, and to hold him between hope and fear and so preserve both this world and the hereafter, in His wisdom Almighty God has concealed the appointed hour; it may come at any time. If it captures man in heedlessness, it may cause grievous harm to eternal life.
    Illness, however, dispels the heedlessness; it makes a person think of the hereafter; it recalls death, so he may prepare himself. Some illnesses are so profitable as to gain for a person in twenty days a rank they could not otherwise have risen to in twenty years.