Smart people saying smart things

Vorjack: “Ur Doing It Wrong“ Religions are variegated things that allow the individual more control than most folks acknowledge. We’re fond of treating religion as something you’re born into and stuck with barring deconversion. We don’t often talk about the streams of tradition within the religion that an individual must accept or reject. Look around [Read More...]

You’ll be amazed before you’re halfway there

“It all seemed so real, like it made so much sense, but it wasn’t right.” “Some people — in this case 63 percent — never learn.” “Before we can ‘do something’ for the poor, there are some things we need to stop doing to them.” “Climate change isn’t just making maple syrup scarcer — it’s [Read More...]

NRA: Switching horses mid-apocalypse

Nicolae: The Rise of Antichrist: pp. 1-4 As Book 3 of this series begins, we pick up where we left off at the end of the second book. The action begins here just moments after that book stopped, with our heroes stuck in traffic in a rental car near Chicago, struggling to come to grips [Read More...]

‘The money changers in this temple will not stand’


“You shall not spread a false report. You shall not join hands with the wicked to act as a malicious witness.” “Elective abortions are not associated with an increased risk of breast cancer.” “The truth is that spending, taxes and the deficit are all lower today than when President Obama took office.” “For the first [Read More...]

Kneel to Knuckle


Heaven could be any place at all … “Kneel at the Feet of Jesus,” Willie Nelson “The Kneeling Drunkard’s Plea,” Johnny Cash “Knife,” Aztec Camera “Knife,” Grizzly Bear “Knife Chase,” Tom Waits “Knife Going In,” Tegan & Sara “Knights in Shining Karma,” XTC “Knock ‘Em Out,” Lily Allen “Knock on Wood,” Eddie Floyd “Knockin’ in [Read More...]

I’m looking through you

She sees colors that you can't even imagine.

I enjoyed this trippy, riffing and rambling reflection from John Van Sloten at Think Christian: “Spiritual perception and the science of color.” It’s half sermon illustration, half stoner epiphany. I probably enjoyed the stoner-ish aspects more, but Von Slaten’s sermon ain’t bad either. He writes: Dogs are bi-chromates, meaning their eyes have two cones enabling [Read More...]

‘Eve-teasers’ inside and outside the church

In Bangladesh, apparently, the sexual harassment of women is called “Eve teasing.” This social problem exists everywhere be it in rural or in urban areas. One of the main reasons of girls being married off at an early age or them dropping out of school is “eve teasing.” Many times these incidents lead to violence [Read More...]

Exposing the shameful secrets of Charles Worley’s fundamentalism

Fundamentalism thrives on isolation from and opposition to the world — isolation from and opposition to the rest of society, to other people, to The Other, to everyone else. The despicable Charles Worley and his Providence Road Baptist Church in North Carolina illustrates this opposition. But the fact that we know about Worley, that we’ve [Read More...]

Charles L. Worley seems to be training others to be just a awful as he is

OK, it’s getting late in the day and my plan of cooling down to a calm, rational tone to discuss this still isn’t working. So let’s discuss the Rev. Charles L. Worley of Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden, N.C. Actually, let’s just make that Charles L. Worley — there’s nothing “reverend” about this bastard, [Read More...]

Smart people saying smart things

Richard Beck: “Orthodox Alexithymia“ When theology and doctrine become separated from emotion we end up with something dysfunctional and even monstrous. A theology or doctrinal system that has become decoupled from emotion is going to look emotionally stunted and even inhuman. What I’m describing here might be captured by the tag “orthodox alexithymia.” By “orthodox” [Read More...]