Of bystanders and piety: How Billy Graham is like Henry Miller

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It may seem odd to compare the famous evangelist Billy Graham with the infamous novelist Henry Miller. Topic of Cancer is probably not one of the books on the shelf in the Rev. Graham’s study. But a recent interview with Graham’s grandson, Tullian Tchividjian, reminded me of a story about Miller and George Orwell and the Spanish Civil War. [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (7.29)

David Simon on theodicy and the Yankees; Dahlia Lithwick on execution by torture; Nick Hanauer on why plutocrats should support a new New Deal; Bethany Stolle on being marked in ministry; and “The Seven Types of Modern American Bigots.” [Read more...]

A good joke can change the world

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I have always believed that a good joke can change the world. Now we have proof that it’s true: “Office Space helped rid the world of ‘flair.’” “About four years after Office Space came out, T.G.I. Fridays got rid of all that [button] flair, because people would come in and make cracks about it,” [Mike] Judge recently [Read More...]

Tears for the perpetrators. Anger at the victims.

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Those first two sentences cut to the heart of the matter: “Tears for the victims. Anger at the perpetrator.” That provides the basis for a very simple test for whether we’re opposing evil or abetting it. Who are we angry at? Who are we crying for? [Read more...]

Obama also did not create a religious exemption permitting discrimination on the basis of race or sex

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The Rev. Canon Susan Russell, who blogs at An Inch at a Time, wound up changing her plans for the weekend when she was invited to attend Monday’s White House signing ceremony for President Obama’s executive order prohibiting LGBT employment discrimination for government contractors. Russell was one of many religious leaders present at the ceremony. Obama’s executive order [Read More...]

A whiskey priest is not the same as a Nazi

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Did Luther’s anti-Semitism “affect” his theology, or did his theology foster his anti-Semitism? Yes, both. Did George Whitefield’s slave-owning shape his otherworldly revivalism or did his otherworldly revivalism rationalize his slave-owning? Yes, both. [Read more...]

American Exceptionalism: A simple test of national character

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Here is a video showing how Norwegian people respond when they encounter a child who has been separated from his parents: Here is a video showing how Americans respond when they encounter children who have been separated from their parents: Any questions? [Read more...]

Whatever happened to the clobber texts for slavery? (Unlearning the lies, cont’d.)

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When we see this text on the home page of this blog, we will know that WordPress’ excerpt function is functional, at which point we will replace this with an actual excerpt. [Read more...]


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