She’ll beat you if she’s a bull


Paid sick days keep us all a lot healthier, but many employees don’t get sick days because they’re not technically employees — just the exploited “independent contractors” of the growing precariat. Also: What does it mean when a governor leads a protest march at the state capitol? And RIP to Glenn Frey and to Richard Libertini. [Read more...]

Wheaton College and creationism


Wheaton College’s Statement of Faith requires that its scientists maintain a pretense of official uncertainty about human origins, and that its biblical scholars maintain the same pretense of uncertainty about the genre, composition, and meaning of the Book of Genesis. These professors are, therefore, never quite allowed to teach students the whole of what they know to be true. That’s not good. [Read more...]

Sunday favorites

“Have we not all one father? Has not one God created us? Why then are we faithless to one another, profaning the covenant of our ancestors?” [Read more...]

The straight poop: A community word puzzle


It’s a display for adhesive letters and numbers for mailboxes. It’s also an invitation for juvenile gags by customers. And it can also be a word game. Here are some proposed rules. [Read more...]

Welcome J.R. Daniel Kirk to Patheos

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Theologian J.R. Daniel Kirk’s terrific Storied Theology blog is now part of the line-up on Patheos’ progressive Christian channel. Writing that sentence makes me smile. [Read more...]

Left Behind Classic Fridays, No. 64: ‘The Blair Witch Video’


This is, after all, a video recording of a dead man, the instructions for which indicate that it is not to be viewed until after his death and the mass-death of everyone in his religious community. The message of the video is, in essence: “We’re all dead. You’re not. Here’s why.” At the very best, its message could be spun as “God didn’t love you enough to end your life like he ended ours.” [Read more...]

By Grabthar’s hammer, by the suns of Worvan …


RIP Alan Rickman. Now I will never get my wish that he would one day be hired by Apple as the new voice of Siri. Also: Laws about “natural-born” citizenship seem at least racist-adjacent; the velocity of Republican Bircherization; and a video re-enactment of the proceedings of the Anglican Communion.
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‘None can be called deformed but the unkind’


Marco Rubio’s campaign calls on a leading white evangelical “complementarian” in an attempt to recover his manhood, biblically. Plus: Diplomacy works; the academic red carpet; and “Revelation 2: Electric Boogaloo.” Thus, Calvinism. [Read more...]