Why C.S. Lewis was wrong about ‘sixpence none the richer’

Sixpence

What would it mean, actually, to try to give sixpence to God? I don’t mean a figurative or an allegorical sixpence here, with the coins symbolizing good works or our attempts at righteousness or some other such abstraction. I mean the actual sum of sixpence in cash money. [Read more...]

Chick-fil-A Biblical Family of the Day

“We support biblical families,” Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy says of his fast-food corporation. So let’s take a look at some of those biblical families. Today’s entry: Joash. [Read more...]

The all-or-nothing lie of fundamentalist Christianity (part 2)

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The form of fundamentalism taught by my family’s church was utterly incompatible with the form of fundamentalism taught by the churches of some of my classmates and teachers. Our church taught that they were not legitimate Christians, and their church taught that we were not legitimate Christians. Both sides took this disagreement very seriously, with the denial/acceptance of speaking in tongues regarded as a theological disaster equivalent to embracing evolutionary science or textual criticism. Each side regarded the other as violating the all-or-nothing package-deal of fundamentalist Christianity. [Read more...]

Chick-fil-A Biblical Familiy of the Day

“We support biblical families,” Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy says of his fast-food corporation. So let’s take a look at some of those biblical families. Today’s entry: Abraham and Keturah. [Read more...]

‘Go up and triumph’ — Micaiah, Mitt Romney and Nate Silver

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“A pollster working within a campaign may face a variety of perverse incentives that compete with his ability to produce the most accurate possible results to his candidate,” Nate Silver writes. “He may worry about harming the morale of the candidate or the campaign if he delivers bad news.” Which calls to mind the biblical story of the snarky, sarcastic prophet Micaiah. [Read more...]

Chick-fil-A Biblical Family of the Day

“We support biblical families,” Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy says of his fast-food corporation. So let’s take a look at some of those biblical families. Today’s entry: Don’t look back. [Read more...]

J. Jonah Jameson, ‘ex-gay’ therapy scams, and biblical illiteracy

Just in case you couldn't figure out that Peter Parker's boss at The Daily Bugle is  the bad guy, look at his mustache. And if that's too subtle, consider that he was named "Jonah."

Jonah is the Bad Guy. He’s always wrong. He is the butt of every joke because he deserves to be. Jonah is an object of ridicule and withering scorn. His story comes to a miserable end because he did everything he could do to earn such an ending. [Read more...]

Chick-fil-A Biblical Family of the Day

“We support biblical families,” Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy says of his fast-food corporation. So let’s take a look at some of those biblical families. Today’s entry: Elkanah, Hannah & Peninnah. [Read more...]


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