The Luv Guv and the Broken System.

Robert Bentley’s case reminds us anew that once someone in a broken system gets a little taste of power, all the rules stop mattering. [Read more…]


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Lord Snow Presides Over the “Sandkings.” (#5)

“Sandkings” is a 1979 novelette by none other than George R.R. Martin of Game of Thrones fame. And it’s our off-topic topic for today! [Read more…]


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An Ideology in Search of a Godling.

Easter may be one of the most beloved holidays of the Christian calendar, but a lot of the celebrations that weekend take totally for granted that the occasion marks the honest-to-goodness death of a real live god who really was tortured, died, buried, and then rose again after a brief time in Hell. In fact, a lot of their religion depends upon there being a real live god at the center of it. But if there isn’t actually a god involved at all in the religion, then nothing works the way it should. [Read more…]


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Prepare Yourself: The Easter Christian Torture Porn is Coming.

Easter is here! ‘Tis the Season–for Christian torture porn, that is! Are you ready? [Read more…]


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Amazing Pulpit Stories #750: Altar Calls.

With one of the biggest holidays in the entire Christian calendar coming right up our butts, this seems like a good time to describe altar calls. [Read more…]


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Leaving the Shack to Find Our Independence.

It seems fitting, however, to return to this topic of power now as we look at the Christian glurge movie/book The Shack and observe its main teaching: that independence is to be distrusted and rejected. [Read more…]


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Sophia’s (False) Choice.

The Shack, the latest popular Christian glurge to get made into a movie, pretends to be a serious answer for the age-old question plaguing Christians: why does their god, who is supposed to be omni-everything as well as loving and gracious, allow terrible things to happen in his created world? [Read more…]


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Just a Little Bit of Racism in The Shack.

The Shack, the latest in a long line of Christian glurge movies and books, lives in that weird middle ground where Christians think they’re being progressive and yet turn out to be as locked in systemic racism as any of their peers. [Read more…]


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Lord Snow Presides #4: How Can We Miss Them If They Won’t Go Away?

I’m torn between mocking them to within an inch of their lives for flouncing away, and pitying them for not understanding that our modern values of consent and liberty are exactly what will prevent their visions from ever coming true. [Read more…]


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The Shack: A Land Where Dreams Come True.

The Shack is one of a very long line of Christian glurge media that recreates reality for believers, giving them the thrill of “seeing” their beliefs mesh at last with the real world. But for everyone else, stories like this one simply make the religion sound worse. [Read more…]


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