Sunday WTF?

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“Zillah bore Tubal-cain, who made all kinds of bronze and iron tools. The sister of Tubal-cain was Naamah.” [Read more...]

Why I wrote the same thing I always do when the Liars for Jesus attacked Planned Parenthood yet again

And people DID want to believe. They were furious when they were told it wasn't true. Why? Why did they want to believe such an ugly, implausible thing?

Wherein I respond to the question of why I have been silent about Operation Rescue’s dishonest attack video by pointing out that I actually wrote quite a bit about it this week. And by pointing out that I’ve been writing quite a bit about this video for years before it was even recorded. [Read more...]

Ain’t no way to understand the stupid words of pride


How the frustratingly untranslatable Britishism “cheeky Nandos” can help us understand where our Bibles come from. Also: No, Iowa is not “more American” than New York; there’s a 2-out-of-3 chance Seattle will still exist in 50 years; and why the Ghostfacers gang should consider a new name. [Read more...]

Left Behind Classic Fridays, No. 42: ‘Buck & Jules’


Buck’s spiritual awakening is a lot like that of Jules, Samuel L. Jackson’s character in Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction. Jules was a professional killer who experiences a revelatory “moment of clarity” after several shots fired at him point-blank failed to harm him. Jules regards this as a divine miracle and a sign that his life must change: ” Whether or not what we experienced was an according-to-Hoyle miracle is insignificant. What is significant is I felt God’s touch, God got involved.” [Read more...]

When did Adam and Eve get married?

Pro-tip: Check the tide charts before scheduling your beach wedding. High tide + rainstorm = flooding.

In the story itself, on its own terms, Adam and Eve didn’t get married in anything like the way Christians today get married. They simply shacked up together. Although, of course, shacks — like clothing — had not yet been invented. Neither had marriage, for that matter. [Read more...]

Freedom of speech (a true story)

This is where this happened.

This is that story about the time when I came across a street-fair vendor in Everybody’s Home Town who was selling Confederate flag decals and “White Power” T-shirts. So I helped him. I helped him for about 15 minutes before he called the police. [Read more...]

Everywhere is somewhere and nowhere is near


We’ve got a nuclear deal with Iran and a successful up-close fly-by of Pluto — not bad for a Tuesday. Plus: Farewell to a freedom fighter; responding to the heroin crisis; sharks in a volcano; and the physics of bubble wrap and D&D. [Read more...]

What dreams may come


Since I’m the one who brought up the whole discussion of souls and soul-talk, Helena’s question in comments seems fair and excellent and necessary: “Is it too much to ask that Fred whether he thinks the soul survives death, and if so, what happens to it?” Ay, there’s the rub. It’s a version of a very old question that persists because it remains unanswered for anyone we can hear asking it. It’s a question that tends to reduce me to babbling about “Flatland” or to quoting Whitman. [Read more...]