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Sebastian Castellio (via Richard Beck): “On Heretics & Disagreement“ Calvin says that he is certain, and [other sects] say that they are; Calvin says that they are wrong and wishes to judge them, and so do they. Who shall be judge? What made Calvin the arbiter of all the sects, that he alone should kill? [Read More…]

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Sunday favorites

Hebrews 13:3 Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them; those who are being tortured, as though you yourselves were being tortured. [Read more…]

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Pocono link-dump

We’re heading to the mountains for a few days to a place with no TV or Internet (this is a feature, not a bug). I’ll be back Sunday evening — hoping to get home in time to catch the Eagles’ next fourth-quarter collapse. So in the meantime, here, in no particular order, are some random [Read More…]

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Dueling dogma isn’t dialogue

Another part of my complaint about “debates” like the one we discussed yesterday (on “The World Would Be Better Off Without Religion“) is that I think such point-scoring face-offs wind up replacing the conversations that ought to be happening instead. Such debates are framed as having something to do with persuasion, but there’s little reason [Read More…]

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Sending Jesus to high school

The TV show I would like to see — on MTV, or the N, or the CW — is simply this: Jesus Goes to High School. I wouldn’t call it that, of course, but that’s the whole idea, no more and no less. The story would work due to the same dynamic that allows those [Read More…]

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Resolved: The World Would Be Better Off Without Stale, Question-Begging Public ‘Debates’

This report on a debate at NYU on the subject “The World Would Be Better Off Without Religion” is depressing. If one is going to produce a staged re-enactment of a late-night dorm-room bull session — without even the benefit of pizza and alcohol that such conversations generally require — then at least try not [Read More…]

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The 10 Commandments (binary)

“’You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”   [Read more…]

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The real-life American Robin Hood

Robin Hood Who: Unstoppable, death-defying, badass revolutionary outlaw who stole from the rich and gave to the poor. Historical Accuracy: Some slight possible real-life basis for the legendary hero of folklore, but probably not much. On screen: IMDB lists 125 movies and television shows featuring the adventures of Robin Hood, including several big-budget Hollywood features. [Read More…]

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