Smart people saying smart things (7.20)

TTYF.

April Bo Wang on why poor communities need fewer heroes; Morgan Guyton on Satan as the original troll; Brian Walsh gives an appropriate answer to the non-question of a junior gatekeeper; Daniel Silliman on a Sunday in Christian America; and a new Tumblr where your big sister has got your back.April Bo Wang, "When Teachers Romanticize Their Students' Poverty" I came to Helena to be a heroine. But a heroine can’t be a good social advocate, because social advocacy is all about the community — n … [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (7.12)

Farley

The Rev. Gay Clark Jennings on the Christians who would have turned Jesus and Mary away at the Egyptian border. Rachel Marie Stone on the death toll of anti-birth control sanctimony. William Lindsey on the cultural captivity of the anti-gay church. And Andrew Bacevich and E.B. White on the perils and the promise of American democracy.(And I'm still hoping the WordPress excerpt feature gets fixed.)The Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, "Christians worship a child who fled violence in his home … [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (7.2)

WeDont

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 (6.20)

Dupont2

Flannery O'Connor, in The Habit of Being I hope you don’t have friends who recommend Ayn Rand to you. The fiction of Ayn Rand is as low as you can get re fiction. I hope you picked it up off the floor of the subway and threw it in the nearest garbage pail. She makes Mickey Spillane look like Dostoevsky. Christian Piatt, "Five Reasons Churches Need to 'Come Out' on LGBTQ Rights" Perhaps you’re still wrestling with the “gay issue” because of your understanding of scripture. As long as you’re at … [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (6.17)

Louisville

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...]

Smart people saying smart things (5.30)

Julian

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 am, the … [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (5.25)

Vonnegut

The Rev. Dr. Kapya Kaoma, "African Homophobes Are Politicians, Not Lunatics, Writer Says"To think that the Africans are doing something that has never been heard of — it’s not fair. Don’t just see these things as happening out there. People are saying crazy things about gay people in your own country. The difference between [Ugandan anti-LGBT pastor] Martin Ssempa and [Americans] like Lou Engle or even Focus on the Family, is that here, you can counter their messages. You’re able to say, “No, … [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things

Matthew S. Rindge, "Understanding the Faith of Cathy McMorris Rodgers" Religion is the only subject in which some people are proud of believing the same thing at age 40 that they believed when they were 6. It is the only field in which development in critical thinking is seen by some as regression. With religion, people think their opinion is as legitimate as a trained professional. And the consequences are not merely academic: People unwilling to engage in a critical study of religion or the … [Read more...]


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