Duck Dynasty’s loveless ethics and … the Aristocrats!

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“Duck Dynasty” grandpappy Phil Robertson made an appalling confession, which he presented in the form of an accusation. Robertson revealed a horrific fantasy of his, wrapped up in a long story that was kind of like the old “Aristocrats!” joke, except he changed the punchline to “The Atheists!” What he was telling us, in sum, was that the only reason he doesn’t constantly torture, rape and murder is that he believes God would punish him for it. [Read more...]

The Satanic baby-killers of London

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Here’s how to do it. First, look at The Guardian’s headline for the story above: “Claims of Satanic cult and child sacrifices in London are baseless, judge rules.” That seems like good news, but it also doesn’t say anything about you. And that’s the key to this process — learning to make it all about you. All that requires is a simple tweaking of that headline: “Judge refuses to prosecute Satanic cult and child sacrifices in London.” [Read more...]

Episcopalian and evangelical are not exclusive categories

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This transparent heads-I-win, tails-you-lose cooking of the books happens all the time with all of the so-called “mainline” denominations. When it is convenient for evangelicals to do so, they dismiss the whole thing as a hive of post-Christian liberalism. And then, when it is convenient for evangelicals to do so, they argue that the denomination is actually mostly made up of good evangelicals. [Read more...]

24 warning signs that your evangelical friend might be about to ‘depart’ for the Episcopal Church

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Evangelical gatekeepers have been wringing their hands over the departure of yet another once-saved Christian, now lost to the clutches of the Episcopal Church. Are your evangelical friends safe from the menace of creeping Episcopalianism? Here are 24 warning signs to watch out for. [Read more...]

How I learned to stop clobber-texting and love George Bailey

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These Bailey-ite “alternative investments” with their modest interest rates might seem to me to be a wise way to help the working poor, but I also had heard hundreds of sermons reminding me that “the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight.” I knew that “the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom,” and that it was always dangerous to think that we knew better than what we read in the inerrant Word of God. [Read more...]

‘The Bible is really clear about usury’

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The problem is not that the Bible is lacking in clarity. The problem, rather, tends to be a surfeit of clarity. If you turn to the Bible looking for an unambiguous, definitive and categorical statement on almost any given point, you’ll be sure to find one. That would solve your problem … until you realize that you can find more than one, and that they’re not all the same. [Read more...]

Jesus is not like Joseph. God is not like Pharaoh.

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John Hagee’s weird little “prophetic overlay” about Joseph and Jesus thus highlights the way his “Bible prophecy” scheme turns the book of Revelation on its head. It portrays God as Pharaoh. It portrays Jesus as Joseph — saving the world by enslaving it by force. [Read more...]

No time to wallow in the mire

Bishop Alma Bridwell White Supremacist.

This started out as a series of bland jokes about the idea of my parents listening to The Doors, then, via a short trip down memory lane, it took an odd turn into religious history and a consideration of white supremacist theology. Not sure exactly how that happened. [Read more...]


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