A 77-year-old man from Oklahoma cannot deny human-caused climate change

Frank Balsinger is not impressed with the exegetical skills of science-rejecting Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Inhofe. The senator cites the book of Genesis to suggest that it would be impossible for humans to alter the climate. Balsinger doesn’t claim to be an expert in biblical interpretation but he still easily demolishes Inhofe’s reading of the [Read More…]

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I still haven’t found what I’m looking for

“There is no way to measure the loss for the families of the victims, no way to understand the harm done to peace process in the country and no way to calculate the additional deaths of Americans, Afghans and others from across the world this will likely cause. There is no way to know the [Read More…]

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Diversity without division: Partisanship is not the problem

An election year always brings a fresh crop of books earnestly warning against the perils of partisanship. The solution to this “problem,” these books usually suggest, is a kind of bland nonpartisan attitude — the Golden Meh. This is a popular pose among pundits and op-ed columnists, one that seems to arise from an intense [Read More…]

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It’s complicated — responding to Kony 2012

“Thinking critically is not the same thing as thinking cynically,” Dianna E. Anderson writes in a post on “On Kony 2012 and Thinking Critically.” That’s an important distinction, although I suspect “thinking cynically” is actually an oxymoron. That’s why cynicism can be so tempting — it exempts us from the hard work of having to [Read More…]

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‘I’m not going to vote for any of them’

After gazillionaire Santorum-supporter Foster Friess inadvertently discouraged women from voting for his pet candidate by saying that an “aspirin between the knees” was all the health care women need, he eventually offered a half-hearted apology. This comment from Friess’ pseudo-apology is revealing: My wife constantly tells me I need new material — she understood the [Read More…]

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Sunday favorites

1 John 4:7-12 Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that [Read More…]

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Where the streets have no name

“Dear 1962, This is The Future speaking. You spent a lot of time thinking about me lately. I’m touched. Let me tell you what’s happened …” “I told myself, ‘If you can only get to the stove and pick up one of the iron skillets, you might be able to knock him in the head [Read More…]

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Smart people saying smart things

Mary E. Hunt: “Communion or Disunion?: Sacraments do not ‘belong’ to the clergy“ The shift is in models of authority — from the top down, clergy-centered model to a more rounded, communal one. It is a new thing under the contemporary Catholic sun but it is real. … One account of Ms. Johnson’s experience at [Read More…]

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