Garry Wills on ‘Bullying the Nuns’

From the current New York Review of Books, Garry Wills on “Bullying the Nuns“: The Vatican has issued a harsh statement claiming that American nuns do not follow their bishops’ thinking. That statement is profoundly true. Thank God, they don’t. Nuns have always had a different set of priorities from that of bishops. The bishops [Read More…]

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Mercy for the downpresser man is not the first step. Or the second, or third.

Two recent posts — one by Dianna E. Anderson and one by Chauncey DeVega — tackle the same difficult question. They’re writing about different specific topics, but the underlying concern is the same. The particular matter in Anderson’s post — “Loving at Arm’s Length” — considers the matter of Hugo Schwyzer, a male professor of [Read More…]

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You’re not cleaning up our mess fast enough

The Onion reported the results of the 2008 presidential election with the headline, “Black Man Given Nation’s Worst Job.” African-American man Barack Obama, 47, was given the least-desirable job in the entire country Tuesday when he was elected president of the United States of America. In his new high-stress, low-reward position, Obama will be charged [Read More…]

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Liars for Jesus: A recent sampling

The Family Research Council prays to God: The administration in power has imposed homosexual practice upon our military and has mandated that religious schools provide contraception, sterilization and abortifacient drugs to all students and staff — at taxpayer expense! … God, the moral breakdown in America is too far gone for men to turn the [Read More…]

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How long must I dream?

“What is the meaning of a concept of sanity that excludes love, considers it irrelevant, and destroys our capacity to love other human beings, to respond to their needs and their sufferings, to recognize them also as persons, to apprehend their pain as one’s own?” “It’s been five months plus five months plus five months [Read More…]

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‘All right, then, I’ll go to Hell’

Rachel Held Evans points us to “95 Tweets Against Hell” from Two Friars and a Fool: Here are all of our 95 tweets, categorized by the kind of argument they are making – ethical, theological and biblical, in that order. What it boils down to is that there is no ethical justification for Hell whatsoever, [Read More…]

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Kirk Cameron, Tim Tebow and contemporary Christian tribalism

I want to expand on the previous post about the tribalist celebration of Christian athletes — the quest for “the new Jeremy Lin or Tim Tebow.” And to illustrate what I mean, I want to turn again to our old friend Cam-Cam, former Growing Pains star Kirk Cameron. Lauren Markoe of Religion News Service just [Read More…]

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Holi, holidays and hyraxes

I’m with Tony Jones on this. I can’t really say I understand what the Hindu festival of Holi is all about, but it looks awesome (Tony has an amazing video at the link above). The joy and playfulness of this prompts me to what Krister Stendahl called “holy envy.” My outsider’s understanding (based on Google) [Read More…]

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