There is no spoon. There are no facts. There is no truth. Here’s what it looks like when you trade reality for power.

Chen

The Liar Tony Perkins provides yet another illustration of what David Roberts calls “postmodern conservatism,” the ideology that denies “the very notion of a nonpartisan arbiter of information” and therefore says that “every dispute, even over matters of fact, becomes a contest of power — loudest, best-funded, most persistent voices win.” [Read more...]

Chemtrails & Creationists: ‘Biblical inerrancy’ as conspiracy theory

Contrails

“Inerrancy” is a kind of conspiracy theory. In this framework, theologians and biblical scholars are the equivalent of Air Force spokesmen. Seminaries are Area 51 (“they” will never admit what really goes on in there). [Read more...]

Who you gonna believe? Your facts? Or my ‘worldview’?

FD33

More than a century before Nyhan and Kahan began studying this phenomena, Frederick Douglass had already reached the same conclusion they arrived at. “On what branch of the subject do the people of this country need light?” he asked — meaning, in other words, that the problem isn’t a lack of information. Therefore, Douglass concluded, “it is not light that is needed, but fire.” [Read more...]

I don’t expect you to explain

BigChange

• “In its majestic equality, the law forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, beg in the streets and steal loaves of bread.” (Anatole France, 1894) • Here’s a headline from Christianity Today: “Transgender Students Battle Christian Universities.” Here’s a more accurate headline for that story — and one you will never, ever [Read More...]

I try to describe it, can never succeed

Evidence

Some Friday night links, including: chemtrails over Arizona, a political candidate’s joyriding, the Nicholas brothers, hide and seek, the anti-homosexual lifestyle, and more on why N.T. Wright is wrong about marriage equality. [Read more...]

The Stupidest Thing I Have Ever Read

9h10w

Some are born ignorant, some achieve ignorance, and some have ignorance thrust upon them. If achieving ignorance is your chief ambition, then study this hacktacular bit of unreason. Here is the key — the surest path to ensuring that nothing can ever be learned, that no mistake can ever be admitted and therefore no error can ever be corrected, no wrong ever righted, no harm ever ended, no injustice ever overturned. [Read more...]

I am always praying through my vanities

Whoa

A few things, including: Commencement commences; Molly Worthen on the incredible shrinking Southern Baptist Convention; Christianity Today and gender disparity; everybody’s got a black cousin; Limax maximus porn; new study confirms an old trick; an atheist Advent hymn. [Read more...]

Cain’s wife and Tubal-cain’s sonic screwdriver

CainWife3

“Who did Cain marry?” you asked back in Sunday school. And what you may have been told was an odd babble of legends, half-remembered allusions to other legends, and improvised-on-the-spot ideas. You were probably given an “explanation” that involved Cain marrying some previously unmentioned sister — followed by some reassurance that this would have been perfectly fine due to some mumbled rehash of a pulpit myth mangling both genetics and Mosaic law. [Read more...]


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