‘I’m just here so I don’t get fined’

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Some appalling new offerings from TLC; the lies that launched the US-led invasion of Iraq were not accidental mistakes; the laws of Moses forbid destroying olive trees; and several reminders that human theology will always be full of errors, mistakes and misconceptions. [Read more...]

Sunday WTF?

“So Samson went and caught three hundred foxes, and took some torches; and he turned the foxes tail to tail, and put a torch between each pair of tails. When he had set fire to the torches, he let the foxes go into the standing grain of the Philistines, and burned up the shocks and the standing grain, as well as the vineyards and olive groves.” [Read more...]

There must be a better world somewhere

Asked to name "the greatest living president," several 2016 Republican candidates answered "Ronald Reagan." (Click angry Nixon for full story.)

No, Texas: Accurately noticing that many Christians do not give as much as they can to help the poor is not “bashing on the Christian community” — although Jesus, James, and many of the early church leaders did bash on the Christian community for that very reason. Plus: RIP BB King; Republicans name Ronald Reagan the greatest living president; three more things that confound Louis Gohmert; and if you want to be a hero, YNATKC. [Read more...]

Left Behind Classic Fridays, No. 33: ‘The Final Frontier’

"Excuse me, but what does God need with a starship?"

Despite Left Behind’s intended “Bible-prophecy” premise, I still haven’t ruled out the space-alien theory. I’m not thinking of the almond-eyed grays of “Close Encounters,” but of something like the powerful creature in “Star Trek V” who masquerades as God. Yeah, I know. The odd-numbered Trek movies mostly suck, but bear with me here. … [Read more...]

It’s hard to believe it’s been 505 years since 1607

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker stumbles on history, and arithmetic. No wonder he wants to cut education funding. Plus: What actually works to repel mosquitoes; Bill O’Reilly doesn’t care for you kids today and your race music; and “Congrats, you have an all-male panel!” [Read more...]

When you’re chewing on life’s gristle


Cheer up, Huck. Some things in life are bad. They can really make you mad. But 30 years later you’ll realize the sky didn’t fall. Plus: Historical Adam listicles, moving your neighbor’s ancient boundary stone, millions still subscribing to AOL, and a speech from the accidental senator. [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (5.12)

Candida Moss on the pedagogy of Hell. Libby Anne on “Orgies, Bisexuality, James Dobson, and Evangelicals.” Ronald Osborn on misreading Genesis and mistreating animals. Matthew Frost on the Bible on its own terms. And the Associated Press finds that “Your seafood might come from slaves.” [Read more...]

Sunday WTF?

“Immediately she fell down at his feet and died. When the young men came in they found her dead, so they carried her out and buried her beside her husband. And great fear seized the whole church and all who heard of these things.” [Read more...]