Causes, effects and counter-examples

There are those who might argue that religious views upholding male superiority, male-only leadership in religious posts and female subservience within the religion are simply a pretense for a pre-existing misogyny. The religious claims, in this view, are a pretext or an excuse, rather than a genuine belief derived from the faith itself. In this [Read More…]

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These links all have something in common …

… but I don’t know what that is. Merill Perlman sorts out something I needed to have sorted out. Something improvised as a temporary fix is “jury-rigged.” … Something that is “jerry-built,” though, is shoddily built, usually out of inferior materials. … To be fair, things can be “jury-rigged” and “jerry-built,” meaning temporary and lousy, [Read More…]

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Charles Colson: Still repeating a lie he knows is a lie

Charles Colson remains one of the most cynically dishonest creatures in American politics. Evangelical Christians love the guy for his prison-conversion story, but he is not an honest man and should not be trusted. Charles Colson says things that aren’t true. On purpose. With intent to deceive. This is a matter of public record. Colson [Read More…]

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Smart presidents saying smart things

Sen. John F. Kennedy, Speech to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association, Sept. 12, 1960 (via Talk Left) I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute, where no Catholic prelate would tell the president (should he be Catholic) how to act, and no Protestant minister would tell his parishioners for [Read More…]

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Why I’m listening to the laity, not to the U.S. Catholic bishops

Who speaks for Catholics? Catholic polity says the hierarchy speaks for the church. Mostly. But it also allows that the overwhelming consensus of the laity cannot be ignored. So when the consensus of the Catholic laity is in conflict with the assertions of the bishops, it may be legitimate to heed the laity as the [Read More…]

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‘God is concerned with the health of women’

The Christian Century spent much of last week eagerly reminding us that its very name is a relic of the past. Like the Religion News Service, it spent the week playing ring around the collar — rallying to support the Catholic bishops in defense of the proposition that clergy unable to command arbitrary obedience from [Read More…]

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Sunday favorites

1 Corinthians 13 And I will show you a still more excellent way. If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have [Read More…]

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Whitney Houston (1963-2012)

Whitney Houston died Saturday in Los Angeles. She was 48. And she had an amazing voice. [Read more…]

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