Anti-abortion activist says Obama’s presidential library will be just like Heaven

Erasing those women — eliminating them from our imagining — is probably the second-most horrifying thing about the ghost story that Michael Bresciani has assigned us to imagine. Perhaps even worse than that, though, is this terrifying realization: Bresciani’s surreal imaginary haunting of the Obama presidential library provides an image of what the majority of white evangelicals insist that Heaven is like. [Read more…]

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NRA: Jaime’s in Hell

We’re sad because we don’t want Jaime to be in Hell. He was a good guy. Every portrayal of him in this story was positive. He was loyal, faithful, reliable and brave. Those are good qualities and it seems wrong that someone who displayed such good qualities should be punished — punished absolutely with the same absolute punishment that awaits Nicolae and Stonagal and Fortunato and every other despicable villain in this story. [Read more…]

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Down at the little church they all wear hats

Brewer comes through in Arizona. Texas can’t find a “legitimate governmental purpose” for it’s same-sex marriage ban either. Pizza and high-school geometry. Blue collar temp work is really dangerous. Another terrible evangelistic video. Some revealing stories about who we view as “dangerous.” [Read more…]

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7 @ 9: Florence and the machine

Blasphemy laws are being used for extortion because that’s what blasphemy laws are for. The “doctrine” of Hell is the worst imaginable slander against God. A positive step in Israel likely to cause religious right heads to explode in U.S. Sasheer Zamata is funny. Southern states determined to keep leading nation in unintended pregnancy. [Read more…]

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‘Hell House,’ abortion, and the mute zombie children of Heaven

New Destiny’s abortion mythology posits that every fertilized egg is a fully human person, and also that every fertilized egg that dies before reaching an “age of accountability” ascends to Heaven. That presents an unnerving picture of Heaven. [Read more…]

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Hell and soteriology Part 1: Bill O’Reilly’s accidental insight

Candida Moss does not euphemize or equivocate about what the text says that Jesus said or that Jesus said this as a direct assertion of fact. Jesus said that if you don’t give away your wealth to help the poor, then you will go to Hell. Period. As Keith wrote, Bill O’Reilly’s reaction was typical of “almost all readers of this story … surely that’s not what he really meant.” [Read more…]

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Popular theology is popular culture and vice versa

Consider Tim LaHaye’s portrayal of the “Antichrist,” Nicolae Carpathia. You can’t get to Nicolae without first going through Damien Thorn — the villain of Richard Donner’s 1976 horror classic The Omen, and of its numerous sequels and remakes and imitations. And you can’t have The Omen without first having Hal Lindsey. [Read more…]

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NRA: Throwing Chaim under the (hypothetical) bus

It took centuries of hard work to transform the Bible into a manual of Hell-avoidance. It would be more credible, and far easier, to claim that the central theme of the dictionary is Hell-avoidance, since the dictionary mentions Hell more often than the Bible does. The Hebrew scriptures and the Pauline epistles of the New Testament have nothing to say on the subject. If you’re looking for Hell in the Bible, about the only place you’ll find it is in a handful of the semi-Pelagian parables of Jesus, wherein Hell is never the default destiny of the “unsaved,” but always rather the deserved punishment for selfish rich people. And yet none of the people who preach a gospel of Hell-avoidance seem to believe in that idea of Hell. [Read more…]

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