Taking too much too lightly

LCWR

“I am quite confident that the Bible’s distinguished place in history will not be diminished in the absence of a state’s endorsement,” says Tennessee’s AG. And I agree (although I do like their choice for an official state song). Plus: Litigious man claims to have invented stale tropes; the Boongurunguru; more fun with the synoptic problem; and echoes of Galatians from the Friendly Atheist. [Read more...]

Setting half the trends we know

Two of these guys are still acting.

When somebody claims to be just like Dietrich Bonhoeffer, that’s usually a big clue that they’re nothing like Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Also: A premillennial dispensationalist “Bible prophecy scholar” explains how Psalm 83 disproves the nuclear deal with Iran; the deadliest enemy force; the undifferentiated “we” strikes again; and an excuse to revisit Brian Ritchie’s bass solo on “Please Do Not Go.” [Read more...]

Postcards from the culture wars (4.9)

TexasWhitePeople

“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love.” [Read more...]

Maybe the Apostle Paul was just a lousy writer

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Ask a 21st-century American Christian if getting a tattoo is a sin, it’s far less likely that they will respond by citing Paul’s argument in Romans or Galatians and far more likely they’ll respond by babbling about “ceremonial laws” or some other contemporary concoction that would’ve left Paul bewildered to hear of it. There’s an old saying that if one student fails the final exam, it’s their fault, but if every student fails the final, then it’s their teacher’s fault. So maybe that’s true here too. Maybe the Apostle Paul was just a lousy writer. [Read more...]

When fantasy role-playing replaces faith you still need a decent DM

Strachan

Strachan’s fawning flattery is directed at an audience of conservative white Christians who love to sing “Dare to be a Daniel / Dare to stand alone!” This is a white evangelical subculture that replaced faith with fantasy decades ago. For them, discipleship means leveling up in a fantasy role-playing game in which they pretend to be heroic warriors battling against Satanic baby-killers, relativists, evolutionists, postmodernists, New Agers, the Gay Lifestyle, and a whole Monster Manual of other imaginary horrors. Strachan invites them to play this game, and they love this game. [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (1.28)

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Panti Bliss on what it is that homophobes are afraid of. Rachel L. Martin on “The Brave and Tragic Trail of Reverend Turner.” Scott Hancock and Alexandra Milano on the real rebels who overthrew the traitors. Anne Mellinger-Birdsong says, “Trust women.” Mark Danner on “Our New Politics of Torture.” [Read more...]

Al Mohler’s ‘erotic liberty’ rhetoric is a sinful, unbiblical, indecent, nasty lie

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Lies don’t get much uglier than Al Mohler’s “erotic liberty vs. religious liberty” slur. This rhetoric is designed to deny the humanity of other human beings, refusing to acknowledge them as anything more than walking sex acts. Humans are capable of religion, Mohler is saying. Those sub-humans over there — those bestial walking sex acts — are incapable of religion, only of “eroticism.” [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (1.2)

The ethics and economics of Baileyism; John Cleese on stupidity; Alan Bean on pro-torture Christians; James Baldwin on the price we’re still paying for refusing to see; and Bethany Suckrow on “pro-lifers” who bully children into suicide. [Read more...]


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