Creationism and Charles Fort’s talking dog

Patheos is hosting a book club this month on W. Scott Poole’s Monsters in America: Our Historical Obsession with the Hideous and the Haunting. It’s great fun and a whipsmart book, and I will have a more formal contribution to the discussion of it a bit later. For now, though, I just want to share [Read More…]

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Joe Carter says facts and truth are subjective matters of opinion

Joe Carter of First Things is horrified that Karl Giberson and Randall J. Stephens would dare to besmirch the honor of intellectual giants like David Barton, Ken Ham and James Dobson. Carter leaps to their defense with a two pronged strategy of First Things’ usual self-aggrandizing  huff-and-puffery (calling their op-ed “the type of sophomoric, bias-confirming [Read More…]

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Godly links with contentment are great gain

“Responsible action must decide not simply between right and wrong, good and evil, but between right and right, wrong and wrong.” — Dietrich Bonhoeffer I wish I’d read that Bonhoeffer sentence last week before babbling on for too long in this post trying to say the same thing. “I threw out the moneylenders for a [Read More…]

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A History of Hell and a whiff of sulfur

Alice K. Turner’s The History of Hell is not a book of theology. The book draws on several disciplines, with art history, literature and folklore all playing a much larger role than any formal theology. And that’s only fitting, because our idea of “Hell” has been shaped over the centuries far more by art, literature [Read More…]

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AFA warns of climate change … wait … what?

The American Family Association is a religious right organization that is viewed as a bastion of wild-eyed right-wing extremism even by other religious right organizations. AFA is the home of, for example, Bryan Fischer, who seems almost to believe the outrageous and vile things he regularly says about gays, Muslims, Mormons, and the rest of [Read More…]

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Sunday favorites

Deuteronomy 24:17-21 You shall not deprive a resident alien or an orphan of justice; you shall not take a widow’s garment in pledge. Remember that you were a slave in Egypt and the Lord your God redeemed you from there; therefore I command you to do this. When you reap your harvest in your field [Read More…]

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God is not registered to vote in New Hampshire

Taegan Goddard points us to this Bloomberg story, noting that no less than four of the contenders for the Republican nomination are on record as saying they were called by God to run for president. The Almighty has reportedly called Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and businessman [Read More…]

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With or Without You

A while back, a discussion/flamewar of theism/atheism in comments here led me to re-read Glenn Tinder’s famous/infamous essay “Can We Be Good Without God,” which was published in the Atlantic Monthly in 1989. Tinder’s was an odd, almost Burkean, argument in which he warned, among other things, against “the universal disaster of revolution.” In 1989 [Read More…]

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