Yes, white evangelicalism created Scott Pruitt, but not in the way the article imagines. Also: Mural of Glorious Leader at Tender Age Liberty Camp, and how “tough on crime” stupidity winds up setting murderers free. Read more

Anti-refugee and anti-immigrant white evangelicals’ “misconceptions” are not the result of those folks being tricked or deceived or misinformed into believing falsehoods. They’re the result of white evangelicals CHOOSING to believe falsehoods. Read more

We’re not first-century subjects of an emperor. We shouldn’t be reading Romans 13 as about our accountability TO government, but as about our accountability AS government. Read more

This is the story Matt Giuffrida told me about how he came to work resettling refugees for the American Baptist Churches. Or, really, it’s the story Matt didn’t and couldn’t tell. Read more

Birmingham 12:7-14 You express a great deal of anxiety over our willingness to break laws. This is certainly a legitimate concern. Since we so diligently urge people to obey the Supreme Court’s decision of 1954 outlawing segregation in the public schools, at first glance it may seem rather paradoxical for us consciously to break laws. One may well ask: “How can you advocate breaking some laws and obeying others?” The answer lies in the fact that there are two types… Read more

We don’t need to revisit and rehash all of the details of this argument. The side endorsed and advocated by Sessions and Sanders and Goebbels and Calhoun and Botha and Bell has always been flaccid, dishonest, inconsistent, and transparently self-serving. And evil. Read more

“Bible-prophecy scholarship” in this story — and in real life — is phlebotinum. The Rapture and the rest of the End Times chart are about as “biblical” as reversing the polarity on a tachyon pulse. Read more

The Satanic Panic does not arise from fear that there might be monsters out there in the dark. It comes from the fear that there might not be. Without those monsters, how can we know that we are good? Read more

The development and real estate boom in Avalon is an example of America’s death-bet approach to economics, infrastructure, community, and civilization in general. It’s a beautiful place, but also an ugly one. Read more

Then he said, “I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods.” Read more

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