Augustine Frost, Calvinist detective

That strange name and the silly ideas it suggested made me realize for the first time how noir Calvinist theology can be. Maybe it’s the fatalism. Maybe it’s the way it regards women as either damsels in distress or femmes fatale. But they go together well. Some call it predestination, some call it fate. Either way, Mac, your goose is cooked. [Read more…]

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‘Embarassment and my usual excuses’

Today’s protest anthem and open thread comes courtesy of Billy Bragg. “If you’ve got a blacklist, I want to be on it. …” [Read more…]

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LBCF, No. 125: ‘Is the pope Catholic?’

The idea of a papal Antichrist endures because while premillennial dispensationalists insist that the book of Revelation has nothing to do with the Roman Empire of the time when it was written, they still have to account for why Rome plays such a prominent role in the Apocalypse. The idea also endures because many PMDs are the sort of American fundamentalists who really don’t like Catholics. [Read more…]

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I don’t know a dream that’s not been shattered

Wherein I’m not confident that the makers of “Kong: Skull Island” really understand the dynamics of ecology, evolution, or island biogeography. And speaking of insular dwarfism, here are some recent stories about the strange priorities and disastrous economic effects of anti-immigrant Trumpism. [Read more…]

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Have fun

It’s not quite the right word or the right category. The night had been difficult, unpleasant and uncomfortable — none of the things you’re signing up for if you’re looking for a night of fun. Pose an open-ended question in which I were asked to provide a description of that evening and I would never have reached for the word “fun.” Nor would Mick, or Charlie, or the nurse at Jeff. “Fun” seems reductive and dismissive, like some inconsequential amusement or time-killing diversion. [Read more…]

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Sunday favorites

“When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very edges of your field, or gather the gleanings of your harvest. You shall not strip your vineyard bare, or gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the alien: I am the Lord your God.” [Read more…]

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LBCF, No. 124: ‘Management material’

Global Weekly doesn’t seem to have published an issue since before the Rapture, and that was eight days ago. Buck fought for, and was awarded, the responsibility of writing the big cover story on the biggest news story of all time, but before writing a single sentence of it, he flew off to England to research a different story, one which he backed off of, brokering a deal to cover it up. Combine those with his dropping the ball on Nicolae’s big scoop and that’s three strikes. [Read more…]

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I don’t have a friend who feels at ease

Comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable. Plus: Lawless, clueless cops invite a lawsuit from Disney (and from Murdock & Nelson); Don Francisco meets Half-Hanged Mary; religious right diploma mills; and the good news about those awful Family Christian Stores. [Read more…]

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