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“When the song of the angels is stilled, when the star in the sky is gone, when the kings are home, when the shepherds are back with their flock, the work of Christmas begins …”

“Happiness without meaning characterizes a relatively shallow, self-absorbed or even selfish life, in which things go well, needs and desire are easily satisfied, and difficult or taxing entanglements are avoided.”

We are under attack, not in the facile ways the Christian right claims, but at the very core of our being as Christians and churches from whence we derive our identity, existence, and mission as God’s people.”

“We have often substituted being literal with being serious, and they are not the same!”

“I have this nagging thought that I far prefer writing about Christianity over making the tough sacrifices — doing the things Jesus asked us to do. Who doesn’t flinch a bit when reading Matthew 25?

“I was watching a lot of movies made by evangelical churches about the end times. I realized that the mythos of the Rapture and the biblical apocalypse had become more prevalent ideas in our culture — but it was mostly only explored by the extremely devout.”

“We have solved, by fair experiment, the great & interesting question whether freedom of religion is compatible with order in government, and obedience to the laws.”

“If we’re going to put God back in schools, which God are we talking about?

“If you don’t know who Derek Jeter is, allow me to explain. Imagine a group of pirates, a vile, filthy band of lawbreakers and miscreants. Now imagine this group had a captain who seemed perfectly nice and was very good at being a captain, but he’s spent his life in service to an evil, repulsive entity. That’s Derek Jeter.”

“Australia is experiencing a heat wave of such magnitude that the Bureau of Meteorology had to add two colors, dark purple and pink, to the temperature forecasting map. The chart previously went to 118 degrees F, but that wasn’t sufficient — now it goes to 129.”

“Frankenyear was also the second most destructive on record, lashing the nation with 11 catastrophes that reached at least $1 billion in losses — including hurricanes, drought, wildfires, tornadoes and the great storm surge in New York City.”

“They have already demonstrated that rationality is not a strong suit, so attempting to reason with them will only bring stress and pain to you both.”

“Oh, wait, 65 years? We’ll all be long dead by then. Never mind.”

“There are people reading, quoting and commenting about #Gramsci on Twitter! Code red!

“First, in 1962, a slow-burning fire in the network of abandoned coal mines under Centralia caused sinkholes, carbon monoxide plumes, and insane underground temperatures that made it unlivable. Then the town was evacuated and condemned. Now … the place is just crawling with dicks.

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  • God Likes Weed was last week. 

    This week is Pass The Ammo Edition.

  • Thanks for linking up to my Justice Series!

  • Talking about the graphic series on a post-Rapture world: “From a religious standpoint, the creators know what they’re writing about since both were raised Catholic.”

    And the scourge of journalists ignorant about religion strikes again.  Being raised Catholic in NO WAY prepares you to talk about “the Rapture” because the Rapture is not part of Catholic theology.  

    I consider myself pretty well educated in both Catholic doctrine and customs — I went through 16 years of Catholic school, getting high marks in religion from IHM nuns and in college theology from Jesuit priests, not to mention my Sunday school/CCD teaching mother, or the four aunts & 2 cousins in the convent/priesthood … and I’d NEVER HEARD of such a thing as “the Rapture” until I was in my thirties.  

    When I finally learned about the idea that the “good” people would supposedly suddenly vanish, at first I thought it was really weird, but the more I learned about it the more I thought it was depressing.  Not depressing because I didn’t think I’d make the cut (impossible for someone who doesn’t believe in it), but because I saw too many people using the idea of the Rapture as a venue to express their inner schaudenfreud (“I’ll be in heaven and you’ll be sorrrrrrrrrry!!!”), which is a decidely UN-Christian attitude, regardless of your particular flavor of Christianity.

  • Yeah Catholics don’t believe in the Rapture and unlike that guy’s grandmother we don’t usually focus on the end times. *rolls eyes*

    Which is a pity – a Catholic end times fiction would be interesting.

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  • My response to people who say cold weather disproves Global Warming is generally “Have you never boiled water? Do you actually not know what convection is?”

    I swear one day I’m going to get a saucepan, fill it with water and coloured ice cubes and video it heating up.

  • vsm

    Luckily, horror films like Rosemary’s Baby and The Omen like to use Catholicism for the coolness factor. Megachurches just don’t have the same weight of tradition, I guess.

  •  Yeah but they don’t tend to deal with the theology just the trappings.

  • Sgt. Pepper’s Bleeding Heart

    Excuse me. Our temperature chart never went up to anything Fahrenheit.

  • P J Evans

     That’s what they are when converted to Fahrenheit. 50 C ain’t fun. (I live in California. I’ve been in 45-47C. You have my sincere sympathy. And wishes for cooler, wetter weather.)

  • Rae

    Yeah, a close friend of mine lives near Centralia and has visited before, and (as ill-advised as it may be) when I next visit, we’re probably going to head to at least the edges of it. 

    But then again, I’m one of those people who loves to explore things, and the environmental impact of something like that is something that would be amazing to me as a scientist.

  • Even though there are going to be cyclical fluctuations around a mean from year to year, if the mean itself keeps rising, something’s got to be driving it.

  • Sgt. Pepper’s Bleeding Heart

    Not wetter, please. There are bushfires in the south but it’s flooding in Queensland again :|

  • Tricksterson

    No one has saidanything o the subect to me but if they did I’d point out that the previous week temps were n the 40s and 50s ad that was alo in January.

  • “First, in 1962, a slow-burning fire in the network of abandoned coal mines under Centralia caused sinkholes, carbon monoxide plumes, and insane underground temperatures that made it unlivable. Then the town was evacuated and condemned. Now … the place is just crawling with dicks.”

    Looking at the pictures in that post reminded me of nothing so much as ancient Rome.

    Romans had a fascination with phalluses that extended beyond even graffiti.  Give them time and they’d carve it right into the cobblestone, and that’s to say nothing of the 3-d art.

    You might find a penis, with it’s one penis, and four legs that are made out of penises, and this is to say nothing of the tale-penis, and that wouldn’t be alone, it would be the center piece of the penis wind chime.  All in bronze, of course.