Left Behind Classic Fridays, No. 5: ‘Weird Science’


“What’s telling is that LaHaye and Jenkins can’t seem to make a distinction between science and magic. When you’re afraid to engage anything that might challenge your belief that the earth is only 10,000 years old, you don’t end up reading a lot of science. This keeps you clueless enough about biology to think it’s perfectly plausible that a few drops of Dr. Rosenzweig’s Miracle Gro can turn sand into soil. And clueless enough about economics to think that agriculture would be more lucrative than Israel’s existing high-tech industrial economy.” [Read more...]

It’s your turn to walk on water


Religious traditions unite against autoplay video ads; terrorist puppies in Malaysia and terrorist marriage in Wyoming; dominionism is still not a liberal myth; and a study Bible that takes the scripture seriously. [Read more...]

If you had to pick one of these …


So, OK, two things: 1. Any preferences among these cover options? Or would the general consensus be “Ugh, none of the above”? and; 2. This would be a collection of the first couple years’ worth of Left Behind posts, covering the first 200 pages of the first book. (At about 80,000 words I suspect it’s actually longer than the first 200 pages of that book.) Anybody have a good sense of what a fair price would be for something like that? [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (10.22)

Greta Christina on “A Woman’s Room Online;” Isabel Wilkerson on “the haunting symmetry of a death every three or four days;” The Church for All Sinners and Saints on, well, the church for all sinners and saints; Yvette Cantu Schneider on the death of the “ex-gay” movement; and Alastair Roberts on (white) “evangelical folk religion.” [Read more...]

Honey, you still fog my glasses


TGIT. Some links, including: “Real improvements in people’s lives;” why it’s perfectly legal and socially acceptable to steal $2,500 from a poor person who wants a nice sofa; the Friendly Atheist has a friendly chat with “The Commenter Who Always Seems to Disagree With What I Write;” and Pat Robertson warns of Africanized killer towels. [Read more...]

Sunday favorites

“I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?” [Read more...]

But don’t ask me to explain everything


Not all of these links are about Don Henley, but a surprising number of them are. There are also some fun things from Kimberly Knight, perfectnumber628, Digby, and two members of the Ortberg clan. You can check out any links you like, but you can never leave. [Read more...]

Left Behind Classic Fridays, No. 4: ‘Meet the GIRAT’


“The characters who occupy LaHaye and Jenkins’ fictional world are as oblivious, self-absorbed and incurious as L&J rely on their readers to be.” [Read more...]