Smart people saying smart things (8.28)

Rebecca Mead profiles Mary Beard, “The Troll Slayer.” A rabbi and an imam on Gaza. Caroline Schleier Cutler on a story so important the Bible includes it three times. Stephen Eric Bronner on “The Bigot.” And Robin McKie on the slow, inevitable doom of Miami. [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (8.10)

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Leslie Callahan on what Christians should be boycotting; a modest suggestion from Valerie Tarico; Samantha Pugsley on waiting and true love; Rebecca Gordon on torture; and the Gungors correctly predict the gatekeepers’ response. [Read more...]

No more crying on Sundays

“And when he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing. … Then he became angry and refused to go in.” — Luke 15 [Read more...]

The gospel of misogyny

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Mark Driscoll’s so-called “apology” only reinforces and restates his gospel of misogyny. He apologizes for his tone and his language because, in his eyes, repeatedly comparing his targets to women is the worst possible thing anyone could say. Everything Driscoll identifies as bad, weak, dirty or evil he characterizes as feminine. Everything Driscoll identifies as feminine he characterizes as bad, weak, dirty or evil. He hasn’t apologized for that. He still doesn’t realize that is wrong. [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (7.29)

David Simon on theodicy and the Yankees; Dahlia Lithwick on execution by torture; Nick Hanauer on why plutocrats should support a new New Deal; Bethany Stolle on being marked in ministry; and “The Seven Types of Modern American Bigots.” [Read more...]

A scientist sets an example for the church

I do not know much of anything about “the evolution and ecology of microbes and genomes,” or much of anything about Dr. Jonathan Eisen, who specializes in that field. But Eisen seems to be a mensch. The UC Davis professor was recently invited to give a prestigious endowed lecture series and, as Upworthy would say, What He Did Next Will Surprise You. … [Read more...]

Without justice, we’re not reading the same book

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We will never produce justice as a result of better biblical understanding unless we also produce better biblical understanding as a result of justice. [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (7.20)

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April Bo Wang on why poor communities need fewer heroes; Morgan Guyton on Satan as the original troll; Brian Walsh gives an appropriate answer to the non-question of a junior gatekeeper; Daniel Silliman on a Sunday in Christian America; and a new Tumblr where your big sister has got your back. [Read more...]


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