"Humorless prig" is redundant

Is humor redemptive? Or, put another way, is not allowing oneself to have a sense of humor a sin? I think it can be. Or, rather, I think it can be the consequence of sin. Joylessness often is. What brings this up was a recent alert — I mean, ALERT!1! — that popped up on [Read More...]

"Pro-Family" means anti-families

It's a new year, so it's a new chance to harp again on one of my pet peeves — the evasive abstraction of the so-called "pro-family" agenda of the so-called "pro-family" groups. These groups sometimes announce their "pro-family" stance by stating their allegiance to "The Family" right there in their name — Focus on the [Read More...]

Reading the Godless Constitution

So the Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives has decided to begin the 112th Congress by reading aloud the entire U.S. Constitution. I'm a big fan of the Constitution and I'm all for reading it — publicly or privately, silently or aloud. If almost anyone else were proposing this stunt, I'd say it [Read More...]

Casino Ralph

Casino Jack, George Hickenlooper's film about Republican lobbyist, con-man and extortionist Jack Abramoff opens this weekend. Kevin Spacey is a terrific actor, and I'm sure he's great in the title role, but I was disappointed with the casting of one of his supporting players. The movie has the wrong Canadian playing Ralph Reed. Nothing against [Read More...]

On Worship

This is brilliant, well done, and way too close for comfort: "How to Worship" (via). If you find that video irreverent, that's because it is. But — and here's the important thing — it's irreverent toward ourselves, which is no sin. Probably the opposite, actually. Watching that reminds me of the time I was invited [Read More...]

Do all paths lead to God?

I want to address a question I'm asked quite a bit by catechists here in comments or, occasionally, via e-mail. I call them catechists because it doesn't seem that they're asking the question because they want to learn the answer, but because they already know the correct answer and they're quizzing me to see if [Read More...]

"The Creation," by James Weldon Johnson

And God stepped out on space,And He looked around and said,"I'm lonely –I'll make me a world." And far as the eye of God could seeDarkness covered everything,Blacker than a hundred midnightsDown in a cypress swamp. Then God smiled,And the light broke,And the darkness rolled up on one side,And the light stood shining on the other,And God [Read More...]

Settling accounts

While we're on this subject I want to mention a pet peeve of mine — a phrase frequently employed by Al Mohler and other proponents of creation-ism. It's a phrase that bothers me as a lover of the Bible and of stories and of words. That phrase is "the creation account" or "the creation account [Read More...]