If you’re fighting to preserve the status quo, you cannot accuse those who seek to change it of ‘accommodating to the prevailing culture’

Defending the status quo of the prevailing culture by accusing those trying to change it of “cultural accommodation” is self-refuting nonsense. It makes no sense — particularly when coupled with the narrative/assertion that says those seeking change are dangerous revolutionaries. Those two things cannot both be true. These people cannot both be radical revolutionaries threatening to overthrow the prevailing culture and also squishy conformists so desperate to be affirmed by that prevailing culture that they will redefine themselves to accommodate it. [Read more…]

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Smart people saying smart things (9.25)

Lt. Col. William J. Astore (USAF, ret.) on the American cult of bombing; James Woods (not that one) responds to an anti-abortion survey; Amy-Jill Levine on the parable of the son who refused to be taken in; Josh Marshall reminds us that the Reformation was a bloody mess; and Rachel Held Evans on the big sins crippling the white evangelical church. [Read more…]

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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…]

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Smart people saying smart things (8.10)

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…]

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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…]

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The gospel of misogyny

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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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