If nothing is sacred, then everything is for sale


“Sacred” does not mean that something “is beyond question.” It means that something is beyond price. To say that nothing is “sacred,” then, is to say that everything is for sale. This is not just a deeply cynical thing to say about the world, but a bitterly cynical thing to say about oneself. [Read more...]

Scenes from the class war (9.8)


“You have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who oppress you? Is it not they who drag you into court? Is it not they who blaspheme the excellent name that was invoked over you?” [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (8.22)

From GeekAesthete, an analogy explaining why “All lives matter” is a dishonest response. Samantha Allen on the fragility of conservative gender ideology. David Roberts picks 10 false statements from Carly Fiorina’s cornucopia of climate lies. Margo Kaplan on the revealingly inconsistent regard for IVF. And Rebecca Traister on “The Big Secret of Abortion.” [Read more...]

The historical roots of white evangelical anti-environmentalism

The theological and historical basis for white evangelical anti-environmentalism, in two pictures.

Mainly, though, the historical roots of white evangelical antipathy to environmentalism and of white evangelical climate denialism comes down to two things: Shirley MacLaine and Al Gore. That’s it. [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (6.9)

Charles C. Mann and David Roberts on the future of our species. Dianna E. Anderson on a Mohlerette’s attempt to make Jesus a right-winger. Alana Massey on white Protestantism and American racism. And Redditt Hudson, “I’m a black ex-cop, and this is the real truth about race and policing.” [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (5.12)

Candida Moss on the pedagogy of Hell. Libby Anne on “Orgies, Bisexuality, James Dobson, and Evangelicals.” Ronald Osborn on misreading Genesis and mistreating animals. Matthew Frost on the Bible on its own terms. And the Associated Press finds that “Your seafood might come from slaves.” [Read more...]

To live in the days of the life without end


Please waste your time at work reading blogs and not playing Pac-Man on Google Maps. Plus: Isaac Newton, Nathaniel Hawthorne, the name makes the band, secret salaries, and why all Real True Christians love the death penalty, hate gays, and don’t believe in climate change. [Read more...]

Talking to people that I’ve never met


Besides all that lightning, stove, bifocal, swim-fin, Treaty of Paris, fire department stuff, Ben Franklin also invented Net Neutrality. Really. Plus: Oil trains blow up, Roman civil religion, a historical society wants to believe, and a reminder that mosquito bands, homeopathy, and Mickey Kaus are all bunk. [Read more...]