You think I built this for me?

Baltimore

A few things: Flooding and train derailments are not acts of divine intervention sent to punish the sinful. Thanks a lot, Senate Republicans, for blocking a vote on giving me a raise. “Most Americans still believe that race invented racism, when in fact the reverse is true.” They are coming for your birth control. [Read more...]

Religious meteorology needs more rigorous science

Thanks a lot, Jimmy.

This coming October 23 there will be a partial solar eclipse. NASA claims that this is due to something about the relative positions of the Earth, Moon and Sun. But theologians like John Piper and David Silvester know better. When the penumbral shadow begins to darken eastern Siberia at 19:37:33 GMT, they know that this is not because of the alignment of orbits, but because God is displeased with the sins of those living in Kamchatka. [Read more...]

Theodicy and foreign policy: The U.S. is not omnipotent

Budgets

Andrew Tabler is trying to revive one of the nastiest, most illogical of all the nasty, illogical arguments that misled America into the disastrous invasion and occupation of Iraq. He’s repeating Glenn Reynolds’ ugly, foolish slur that anyone who opposed invading Iraq was “objectively pro-Saddam.” This accusation doesn’t make any more sense in 2013 than it did a decade ago, but I think I’ve finally figured out why people like Reynolds and Tabler trick themselves into thinking it does. They’re not really talking about foreign policy. They’re talking about theodicy. [Read more...]

Born to sorrow as the sparks fly upward

Job

… They are
Dead and they were innocent: I will not
Let you sacrifice their deaths
To make injustice justice and God good! [Read more...]

‘Anger is not the opposite of love’

“Anger is not the opposite of love. It is better understood as a feeling-signal that all is not well in our relation to other persons or groups or to the world around us. Anger is a mode of connectedness to others and it is always a vivid form of caring.” [Read more...]

'The last thing I'd do is condemn you'

Last month I was surfing a bit at The Blacklisted Journalist — an awkwardly designed website hosting the writings of Al Aronowitz. I was looking for his August Blues, which is a lovely thing: August is the month when wars start. It’s when the water dries up and the spirit begins to wither. Insomniacs pull [Read More...]

Love and Holiness

I don’t want to just leave this to a footnote in a Left Behind post, because it’s much, much more than just a footnote in the Gospels, in Paul and in the prophets of the Hebrew scriptures: There is no such thing as holiness apart from love. This is a frequent, vehement, anvilicious theme in [Read More...]

Smaller government, smaller dreams, smaller people

The Weather Channel last night failed in its duty to help me drift off to sleep, instead showing a fascinating documentary on the Galveston Hurricane of 1900. I was dimly aware of the historical fact that such a storm had occurred, and recalled seeing it at the top of those grim lists of American natural [Read More...]


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