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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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Sen. Inhofe’s perfectly legal corruption is worse than former-Rep. Schock’s law-breaking

As usual, the real scandal is not what is illegal, but what remains perfectly legal. Aaron Schock was forced to resign because he was corrupt, but 534 members of Congress remain in office and many of them are far, far more corrupt than he has ever managed to be. Consider, for example, Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma. [Read more…]

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Je suis Alexamenos

Spring is coming, so if you need mulch, I know a guy. Here are a couple of items for the list of Things Millennials Will Need to Fix, plus: How the 1960s impoverished the Okies of the 1930s, the market sets a price for the State of Alabama, and an apocryphal study of angelic genitalia. [Read more…]

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Why the Republican Party cannot, as Michael Gerson suggests, ‘raise questions’ about climate change

Rather than the absurd claim that climate science is “the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people,” Gerson would prefer that his fellow Republicans simple “raise questions about global warming.” OK, great. Please proceed. Raise whatever questions you’d like to raise. Ask away. But the problem here is that asking questions entails the possibility that those questions might have answers. [Read more…]

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Answer no one, let them guess

If you’re 17 or older, then you’ve lived through the 10 Hottest Years Ever Recorded. Meanwhile, Exxon is pleading with us not to think about where energy comes from. Plus: Farewell to Mario Cuomo and Stuart Scott; a look behind the curtain at security theater; and the need to be aggressively suspicious when faced with things that sound aggressively inoffensive. [Read more…]

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