Postcards from the culture war (12.1.16)

“The commandments are summed up in this word, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.” [Read more…]

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White evangelicals cannot allow themselves to understand miscarriage

So evangelicals believe that most people die without ever being born. And for evangelical Christians, death means Heaven or Hell. Evangelicals don’t have the comforting elastic consolation offered by some notion of Limbo or Purgatory for unbaptized Pagan Babies. It’s simply Heaven or Hell. So where do these “people” go? [Read more…]

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And many times confused

If you’re fired in disgrace for covering up a gang-rape, you can still get a job at Liberty University. Also: Landlords who fail to even supply stable land; burning a flag is not as offensive as shredding the Constitution, but it’s still not cool; a rare misdemeanor for Alabama’s felonious GOP; and it’s not just sicko Calvinist preachers who want to punish women when a pregnancy ends. [Read more…]

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Many’s the time I’ve been mistaken

Some Monday links now that I’ve finally got our Christmas lights up and working: A classroom video from 1946 gains disturbing relevance today; David Barton pretends that the American Southwest does not exist; white evangelical pastors say horribly cruel things about miscarriages for the same reason their politics is horribly cruel (and vice versa). [Read more…]

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Smart people saying smart things (11.27)

Liel Leibovitz and Masha Gessen on the horrifyingly pertinent lessons learned from their grandparents. Yolanda Pierce and Hollis Phelps on white evangelicals vs. the gospel. And Katie Grimes on the fiction of the “white” working class. [Read more…]

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Concordance-ism backfires for anti-gay preacher

Concordance-ism doesn’t ask us to read the Bible. It asks us to “look up” things in the Bible — to consult the Bible without reading it. I would say this is a terrible, terrible way to read the Bible, but, again, it’s NOT reading. And it often winds up being terribly misleading. [Read more…]

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Postcards from the culture wars (11.22)

“Those who say, ‘I love God,’ and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. The commandment we have from him is this: those who love God must love their brothers and sisters also.” [Read more…]

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I know politics bore you

Things are not normal. We need to say that and keep saying that. So here’s a version of the previously normal round-up for our abnormal times, including: saving Bonhoeffer from America; how “populist” authoritarianism turned corrupt in Italy, deadly in the Philippines; some good advice on passports; and the Jersey-est story of the week. [Read more…]

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