Two cheers for CT’s take on multi-level marketing

Multilevel marketing.

The remarkable thing here is that Anderson’s skeptical take on multilevel marketing appeared on the website of Christianity Today — a publication at the institutional heart of the white evangelical subculture. And in that subculture, you can’t swing a Stella & Dot necklace with hitting several institutions dependent on multilevel marketing money. [Read more...]

Painful nonsense

Icsi

He is telling us that “most of the people who have ever been born” have never been born. The word “born” cannot bear that. It will not allow itself to be used and misused in this way. We cannot make people who have never been born a subset of people who have ever been born. Neither language nor logic will allow it. [Read more...]

‘Everybody Loves a Holy War’

MarkMark

‘Everybody loves a holy war
Draw the line and claim divine protection
Kill the ones who show the most objection
Everybody loves a holy war’ [Read more...]

The National Prayer Breakfast is bad for the nation, bad for prayer, and bad for breakfast

President Abraham Lincoln never once attended the National Prayer Breakfast. (Creative Commons photo by Jeff Kubina.)

I do not much care for the National Prayer Breakfast. This is an event at which people display their patriotism by showing their disdain for the Constitution. It’s an event at which people display their piety by contradicting the words of Jesus in the Gospels. That makes the National Prayer Breakfast bad for the nation and bad for prayer. [Read more...]

The unicorns of the King James Bible

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The oldest English translations of the Bible have unicorns in them. The original Hebrew texts did not. So where did those King James Version unicorns come from? From translators’ best guess at the meaning of a word that still leaves us guessing. [Read more...]

American Family Association ‘repudiates’ what it’s been saying for years (and what it’s still saying)

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So from now on, when Bryan Fischer arrives at the American Family Association studio in the AFA headquarters to produce his daily AFA radio show on behalf of the AFA, the AFA wants you to know that he probably doesn’t speak for them, unless he does. [Read more...]

Maybe the Apostle Paul was just a lousy writer

JackJesus2

Ask a 21st-century American Christian if getting a tattoo is a sin, it’s far less likely that they will respond by citing Paul’s argument in Romans or Galatians and far more likely they’ll respond by babbling about “ceremonial laws” or some other contemporary concoction that would’ve left Paul bewildered to hear of it. There’s an old saying that if one student fails the final exam, it’s their fault, but if every student fails the final, then it’s their teacher’s fault. So maybe that’s true here too. Maybe the Apostle Paul was just a lousy writer. [Read more...]

When fantasy role-playing replaces faith you still need a decent DM

Strachan

Strachan’s fawning flattery is directed at an audience of conservative white Christians who love to sing “Dare to be a Daniel / Dare to stand alone!” This is a white evangelical subculture that replaced faith with fantasy decades ago. For them, discipleship means leveling up in a fantasy role-playing game in which they pretend to be heroic warriors battling against Satanic baby-killers, relativists, evolutionists, postmodernists, New Agers, the Gay Lifestyle, and a whole Monster Manual of other imaginary horrors. Strachan invites them to play this game, and they love this game. [Read more...]


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