The clobber verses of slavery & the slavery of clobber verses

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This argument — proof-texting vs. a more comprehensive reading of the Bible — has been going on here in America for centuries. And this argument began in earnest around this very subject: slavery. Long before the Civil War — and even before the Revolution — Americans fought over slavery by fighting over how to read the Bible. [Read more...]

Mark Twain shreds Republican Loy Mauch

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I’m happy to be given an excuse to quote again from Mark Twain’s incisive essay on “Bible Teaching and Religious Practice.” I’m less happy that this excuse involves contemporary Republican lawmakers praising slavery. [Read more...]

Chick-fil-A’s 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 is a biblical law for biblical families: Sotah. [Read more...]

Mark Twain on ‘Bible Teaching and Religious Practice’

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Mark Twain: “The Church worked hard at it night and day during nine centuries and imprisoned, tortured, hanged, and burned whole hordes and armies of witches, and washed the Christian world clean with their foul blood. Then it was discovered that there was no such thing as witches, and never had been. One does not know whether to laugh or to cry.” [Read more...]

Chick-fil-A’s 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: Solomon. [Read more...]

Chick-fil-A’s 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: Jepthah. [Read more...]

Ninevites are not ‘God’s children’

"Jesus loves [some of] the little children, [some of] the children of the world ..."

“And should I not be concerned about Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than 120,000 people who do not know their right hand from their left, and also many animals?” [Read more...]

Chick-fil-A’s Biblical Family of the Day

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“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: Lot. [Read more...]


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