Causes and effects

The very same survey data they’ve collected might demonstrate something very different from what they’re arguing. They say this data shows that church-attendance makes it less likely for people to wind up divorced or addicted or in financial distress. But it’s just as possible — and far more likely — that it simply proves, instead, that our churches are really, really bad at welcoming people who are divorced, addicted, or in financial distress. [Read more…]

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‘Somebody else’s babies’

These signs are, on the one hand, a laudable appeal to empathy — a useful bit of instruction in empathy. Their message carries the moral authority of the Golden Rule. It asks passing motorists to consider the children of this neighborhood with the same care and concern they have for their own children. And that’s good. But, on the other hand, there’s also something terrifying and monstrous about the message of this sign. [Read more…]

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Sunday favorites

“You who make iniquitous decrees, who write oppressive statutes, to turn aside the needy from justice and to rob the poor of my people of their right, that widows may be your spoil, and that you may make the orphans your prey!” [Read more…]

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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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Make Neptune Great Again

You remember Steve Guttenberg in Season 2 of Veronica Mars? He played Woody Goodman, the millionaire with a dark secret who became mayor of Neptune. This is a story about Woody Goodman, but with a different dark secret. And it’s not really about Woody, or Neptune. It would make a heck of a TV show, but a lousy reality. [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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On Satanic baby-killers: From TruNews and Full Frontal

Wacky fringe broadcaster Rick Wiles here is simply saying the quiet parts loud. He’s saying directly what the rest of white evangelical culture says indirectly — what that culture believes, and what it requires its members to believe. What Wiles offers is a distillation of that belief — the central, bedrock foundation of contemporary white evangelicalism — in its starkest form. [Read more…]

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