‘Persecution’: Waiting for war or the end of the world

Alan Noble: “The problem is that for most of U.S. history, Christians haven’t been persecuted — at least not in comparison to early believers or even what Christians in places like Iraq face today. So, the question for American Christians is what to make of the Bible’s warning that we will be persecuted. For many evangelicals, the lack of very public and dramatic persecution could be interpreted as a sign that they just aren’t faithful enough: If they were persecuted, they could be confident they are saved.” [Read more…]

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‘I think religious preoccupation with abortion is largely about controlling the sexuality of women’

John H. Richardson’s remarkable Esquire profile of Dr. Willie Parker is going to make a lot of people very upset. I hope that at least a few of them read the whole thing without reflexively railing against Parker in the stale terms that he anticipates, and rebuts, throughout the article. Dr. Parker says many true things and no false ones. We should not be afraid to listen to this man. [Read more…]

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Learning to walk without gravity

Some late-Friday stuff, including: How “love for Israel” can be a kind of anti-Semitism; worshipping the bronze serpent; bearing false witness against our neighbors; updating that infamous Lee Atwater quote; and the dangers of holistic medicine. [Read more…]

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Javert Syndrome, Texas justice, and Satanic baby-killers

Once one’s identity is invested in that comparison and contrast, one cannot bear to learn that one was mistaken about the evil other. Sebesta cannot accept Graves’ exoneration, not because of what it means about Graves, but because of what it means about him. [Read more…]

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Seeking ‘religious liberty’ just like Elijah at Kishon

When you’re trying to paint your political opponents as evil baby-killers, it doesn’t work to accuse them of secretly believing in fertility gods. Molech is the Canaanite god you need to invoke here. When you’re accusing the baby-killers of killing babies to honor their false god of baby-killing, you should always use Molech. Robert Knight should know this by now. [Read more…]

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Testifying to the truth: Real life vs. ‘pro-life’ lies

My plea to my fellow evangelical Christians is simple: Stop lying. Stop telling and spreading and pretending to believe lies just because they allow us to pretend we’re “pro-life” while others are, therefore, anti-life. Bearing false witness against our neighbors is something we were told not to do. It shouldn’t be the heart and soul and center of our identity as “Christians.” In contrast to that bearing of false witness, here are two women bearing witness and speaking truth. [Read more…]

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I guess it could have been a dream

Some late-night links (depending where you are), including: Gay weddings at the Creation Museum; latest Florida recount not yet halted by Supreme Court; it’s getting crowded out here; “jaywalking” while black; and a not-so-crazy conspiracy-theory technique. [Read more…]

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John Courtney Murray is still dead

Blood transfusions, you see, are religiously forbidden for Jehovah’s Witnesses. That is to say, in Alito’s apparent way of thinking, the religious scruples against blood transfusions do not involve a legitimate religion. Concern about abortion, however — even when that concern has no factual basis — is a legitimate religious scruple because, well, it’s Catholic. [Read more…]

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