Smart people saying smart things (7.2)


Dietrich Bonhoeffer, in Ethics God loves human beings. God loves the world. Not an ideal human, but human beings as they are; not an ideal world, but the real world. What we find repulsive in their opposition to God, what we shrink back from with pain and hostility, namely, real human beings, the real world, this is for God the ground of unfathomable love. God establishes a most intimate unity with this. God becomes human, a real human being. While we exert ourselves to grow beyond our … [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (6.17)


Dr. Jen Gunter, "An OB/GYN writes to George Will about college rape" There is no woman who I have ever met personally or as an OB/GYN who thinks that surviving a rape confers some sort of privilege. I am genuinely curious if you interviewed a few young women hoping to earn their college rape badge or is that just a conclusion you reached looking at the issue of sexual assault through the myopic lens of misogyny? Come spend a day in my clinic Mr. Will. Come see how the scars of rape linger … [Read more...]

They took down that post


This is a pleasant surprise. They took down that post. By "that post" I mean the horrible rape apologia published earlier this week by Leadership Journal, Christianity Today's magazine for white evangelical pastors. And by "they" I mean both Leadership Journal -- which removed the post entirely, and "they" the dozens of Christians, mostly women, who wrote to the editors of LJ, commented, wrote blog posts and started the Twitter hashtag #TakeDownThatPost. The latter "they," remarkably, were … [Read more...]

A preferential option for predators: Christianity Today hires the Rev. Humbert Humbert to serve as a spiritual adviser to its readers

Like Leadership Journal, the profilers on "Criminal Minds" seek to understand how sexual predators think. The difference is that these FBI agents don't consider ministering to those predators to be their No. 1 priority.

"I’m not sure whether I knew it was a crime or not," Robert J. Carlson, the Roman Catholic archbishop of St. Louis, said in a deposition released earlier this week. Carlson was talking about the sexual abuse of a child by a priest who served under him when he was an auxiliary bishop in Minnesota. But that, alas, is not the most appalling, foolish and inadvertently revealing statement this week about sanctimonious sexual predators who target children. That dishonor goes, instead, to … [Read more...]

The Stupidest Thing I Have Ever Read


It's from the year I was born, in something called the "Minority Report of the Papal Commission for the Study of Problems of the Family, Population, and Birth Rate." And this is so epically, superlatively stupid that it qualifies not just as the Stupidest Thing I Have Ever Read* but also as a graduate-level course in How to Be Stupid. This is advanced agnotology -- the kind of stupidity that can only be embraced and chosen by men who are otherwise apparently not this mind-bogglingly … [Read more...]

I am always praying through my vanities


• Big day around here: Younger daughter graduates from high school tonight. We're very, very proud of her, even if we're dreading the half-hour rendition of "Pomp and Circumstance" this evening's ceremony will involve. (If I ruled the world, I'd give Elgar's anthem a rest and have graduates process to something more upbeat. "Lovely Allen" maybe.) • Molly Worthen asks, "Did the Southern Baptist 'Conservative Resurgence' Fail?" (Short answer: By the SBC's own metric of baptisms and new … [Read more...]

‘Everywhere in the world …’


I linked to this earlier, but I'm linking to it again here to reiterate that if you haven't yet read #YesAllWomen, you really should. These are personal testimonies. It's Twitter, so each is necessarily short, but the cumulative effect is overwhelming. Story after story after story after story. Post after post, person after person. It's been going on for nearly a week. And, yeah, it's Twitter, so there's nothing to stop others from trying to co-opt or derail that steady stream of … [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (5.30)


Julian of Norwich (1342-1416), in Revelations of Divine Love For it is the property in God which doeth good against evil. Thus Jesus Christ that doeth good against evil is our Very Mother: we have our Being of Him, — where the Ground of Motherhood beginneth, — with all the sweet Keeping of Love that endlessly followeth. As verily as God is our Father, so verily God is our Mother; and that shewed He in all, and especially in these sweet words where He saith: I it am. That is to say, I it … [Read more...]