December 8, 2019

On potato-based candy, 19th-century faith healers, and an obscure and disappointingly awful 1891 “novel” debunking their hooey. Read more

December 6, 2019

If you have no idea what the Christ might want or what the Christ might be for or against, then your Antichrist likely won’t have much of a compelling agenda either. Read more

December 5, 2019

“They are under a spell, they are blinded, their very nature is being misused and exploited. Having thus become a passive instrument, the fool will be capable of any evil and at the same time incapable of seeing that it is evil.” Read more

December 4, 2019

“All this we affirm to be true of the popular church, and the popular worship of our land and nation — a religion, a church, and a worship which, on the authority of inspired wisdom, we pronounce to be an abomination in the sight of God.” Read more

December 3, 2019

Lindsey Graham’s reversals and flip-flops in service of Trump lead some to joke he’s being blackmailed. But history shows it would take a LOT to blackmail a South Carolina senator. Read more

December 2, 2019

We’d be smart to listen to what Angie Maxwell, Marc Maron, Chris Hayes, David Blight, and Hannah Arendt are saying here. Read more

November 30, 2019

The Big Box is having a really good sale on backyard grills. But this is not really a retail story as much as it is an American politics and religion story. Read more

November 30, 2019

Today is Mark Twain’s birthday. We celebrate this occasion on this blog by reciting a favorite passage from Huckleberry Finn. Young Huck here is wrestling with what church and state and family and community have all taught him is his moral obligation. The Bible, he believes, teaches that it is his moral duty to return his friend Jim into slavery. This is also what the law requires — local, state, and federal. It is his duty as an American citizen loyal… Read more

November 28, 2019

In Sunday school, we learned the story of Josiah — the boy king who rediscovered the lost scriptures and was therefore blessed by God. But the actual story in the actual Bible is a lot stranger than that. Read more

November 26, 2019

We went to see Maria Bamford here in Philly on Monday night. Bamford’s comedy is hard to describe but even harder to resist. If you get a chance to see her live, take it. Read more

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