Smart people saying smart things (9.16)


Jane Van Galen reads the style pages; Karen Armstrong on good theology; Drew G.I. Hart looks “Beyond the white privilege model;” Emily Bazelon won’t call the police; and W.E.B. Du Bois is still right. [Read more...]

They’re going in circles with their holy referrals


Some Monday morning links, including: Babylonian exile infighting; healing a man blind from birth; Hercules vs. Groo; Charisma will never apologize; “Data Analytics and Amateur Gravedigging;” and academic respectability through football. [Read more...]

Salvation at the gift shop


Some stuff for your Sunday, including: I liked the old jet stream better; Pacifist Fred Armisen vs. Cranky White Geraldo; a 1730 children’s catechism provides my new motto; plus dinosaurs, George Bailey, and a right-winger’s right hook. [Read more...]

Sunday favorites

“For a while he refused; but later he said to himself, ‘Though I have no fear of God and no respect for anyone, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will grant her justice, so that she may not wear me out by continually coming.’” [Read more...]

The Satanic Panic arose from abortion politics

Same shtick, different day.

Rather suddenly — in about a decade — white evangelical politics, identity, piety and dogma were rewritten and recentered around the assertion that a wicked Other was murdering babies. Toward the end of that decade, a con-man comedian became one of the top-selling white evangelical recording artists by concocting grisly horror stories about wicked Others who murdered babies. Toward the end of that decade, a moral panic swept the country, driven by a fear of a shadowy conspiracy of, yes, wicked Others who murdered babies. [Read more...]

Again, ‘liberal theology’ is not theology as done by people with ‘liberal’ politics


I did not become an LGBT-affirming Christian because of some scholarly research on the best way to translate “arsenokoitai” or because I learned to interpret Romans 1:26-27 in the larger context of the surrounding sentences in Romans 1:18-2:16. Nor did I come to see the full equality of women in society and in the church as a Good Thing due to the excellent exegetical work of folks like Scot McKnight in interpreting 1 Timothy 2:12. All of that is fascinating, but ultimately beside the point. [Read more...]

I thought I was going to Heaven, now it’s very hard to tell


Some Friday morning links and observations, including: Always give yourself all 5s on employee self-evaluations; how complicated schedules simplify wage theft; James McGrath wants to know if the Winchester boys are worth his time; unpaid exercise is nice work if you can get it; and why I’m happy to know that “desecration of a venerated object” is illegal here in Pennsylvania. [Read more...]

Here comes a lion, father (oh yes, it’s a lion)


Everybody’s talking at me, I can’t hear a word they’re sayin’. [Read more...]

To serve and protect


“You are safer not being around police you don’t know than you are with them in your presence.” [Read more...]

The mark of God on a stranger’s face


A national loyalty oath is creepy … using “civility” to reinforce inequity is rude … the future of Roll Tide … “biblical counseling” is neither biblical nor counseling … Ronald Reagan did not care for Kunta Kinte. [Read more...]