A reading from Henry VI, Part 2 4:2:73

Yes, in context, the line has the opposite sentiment to most of the people quoting it. Yvain asked, in good faith, a detailed question about Natural Law theology, but his comment is buried in the wilds of the comment policy discussion, where tempers are rising.  So I want to pull it out and give it its own thread, and also take the opportunity to do some of the wacky experimental comment moderation I was talking about yesterday.  Here's how it's going to go down: Only make a … [Read more...]

Finding the right amount of unpleasantness

There's some very helpful feedback on the recent commenting/housekeeping/debate tactics post.  I'm going to highlight and briefly respond to a few people, and then hopefully we can get back to content-y posts to practice constructively commenting on! Emily wrote: I’m really wrestling with at what point I need to walk away from even reading comments here. The tone and mix of commenters has really changed a lot recently, and frankly, I think Adam’s right. I’m glad you’re writing in a … [Read more...]

Clawing out of the Cesspool

princess bride quicksand

Thanks all for the mostly good behavior on the two preceding posts on queer issues.  I know I've got a fairly diverse audience, and it can be hard to negotiate different frames of reference without misinterpreting or even just taking offense at the wrong thing (and thereby missing the insult your sparring partner spent a while crafting!). After looking at comment thread in the last post, Adam Lee was pretty put off by what he termed the "cesspool of anti-gay hate" that bubbled up.  I can … [Read more...]

What would someone have to say to you to get you to break up your family?

freaky friday

For your own good at that. This isn't a hypothetical question.  There are plenty of examples where we think this kind of intervention is acceptable or even necessary.  In decreasing order of urgency: an abusive spouse, two people who bring out the worst in each other, a couple that's stayed together out of inertia, the person you're with at the beginning of a romantic comedy, etc. But no matter how urgent the need for this conversation, most of us would recognize that this is a … [Read more...]

On Value-Neutral Bravery


Back before I went off to awesome, wacky summer camp (a few more things to come on that, by the way), I was writing a series of posts on martyrdom, pacifism, drone strikes and other problems of offering resistance.   And it turns out, looking over some of the posts I missed, I wasn't the only Patheos blogger wondering whether you can praise courage regardless of what exactly the person you're admiring is steeling herself to do. I was talking about drone strikes and David French is talking … [Read more...]

Welcome Permission to Live to Patheos!

catholic darth

What a get!  I just found out from my RSS reader that Melissa of Permission to Live is moving to Patheos.  She grew up in a very Quiverful/Patriarchal strain of Christianity and has told the story of her journey in a very brave and beautiful way.  Here's an excerpt from her "Why I blog" tab: I find it ironic when I get input from readers and other people within the Christian home school community on how my parents were so extreme. The comment will often go something like this. “Wow, … [Read more...]

7 Quick Olympic Takes (8/3/12)

--- 1 --- Tis the season for interesting Olympics stories!   Though, since I'm not that interested in sports, most of my clips are a little peripheral to the actual standings.  I'll lead off with my favorite: the Atlantic's discussion of how people set up the mikes for the events. Let's take archery. "After hearing the coverage in Barcelona at the '92 Olympics, there were things that were missing. The easy things were there. The thud and the impact of the target -- that's a no brainer -- … [Read more...]