NRA: The only thing worse than the Antichrist


Tim LaHaye’s End Times scheme is entirely dependent on his replacement theology. In LaHaye’s scheme, Jews are damned and deserve only damnation unless they say the magic prayer and convert to real, true Christianity. The character of Tsion Ben-Judah is the personification of this theology, but it’s not just Tsion and it’s not just the awkward plotting and incoherent world-building of Jenkins’ border-crossing set piece. It’s everywhere in these books. [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (9.1)


Peter Goodwin Heltzel and Mary McClintock Fulkerson reflect on Willie James Jennings’ “The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race.” Sarah Stillman on how the expanding for-profit justice system is becoming a poor tax. Bryce Covert on how opposition to day care helped to create the religious right. [Read more...]

Labor Day Scenes from the Class War


“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” [Read more...]

I only wanted 2 one time see u laughing


A little something from the artists presently known as the Presidential Orchestra of Belarus, plus Niebuhrian shopping, Bible churches, magic turbans, religious parrots, endless cheese sticks, cat-scratch fever, full moon fever and Jolly Rancher’s from the Klan. [Read more...]

That’s why they play the game


A coin is an inanimate object. A coin is not being called on to perform a task. It lacks agency and activity. It is not attempting to do anything. Flip a coin and it is not trying to come up heads, or failing when it comes up tails. It does not remember its previous attempts and it cannot learn from them. [Read more...]

Sunday favorites

“We must love one another or die.” [Read more...]

Immersing their babies, they pluck them from Hades


Live from Chesco it’s Saturday Night Links, featuring Tony Soprano, Hello Kitty, Gordie Lachance, Tommy Carcetti, Andy Dufresne, Pele, David Roberts, Rick Santorum, Billy Graham and Pope John Paul II. [Read more...]

‘They’re evil humans. They are butchering children for a living’


Janet Mefferd perfectly illustrates what C.S. Lewis described as “a determination to cling” to a deliberate lie “for the sheer pleasure of thinking your enemies are as bad as possible.” [Read more...]