March 18, 2019

Easter wreaths are not and should not be a thing. Also: The theological aftermath of WWI (and Prohibition); rendering unto We, the People; and ghastly thoughts of blackmail. Read more

March 15, 2019

Buck Williams heroically risks everything, walking into the lair of the Antichrist just so that he can try to save Hattie Durham. And then he doesn’t. He doesn’t even try. Read more

March 14, 2019

Even Stephen Schwartz initially flopped when he tried to stage a musical about Adam and Eve, so it’s not surprising that an evangelical church went bankrupt trying to compose and produce their own big-budget “arena spectacular” based on the story. Read more

March 13, 2019

• “I’m not going to cut Medicare or Medicaid,” Donald Trump promised as a candidate for president. “Every other Republican’s going to cut, and even if they wouldn’t, they don’t know what to do because they don’t know where the money is. I do.” As president, Trump is now attempting to cut $845 billion from Medicare and billions more from Medicaid. (Yes, I posted this item yesterday. It’s still true today, too, and needs to be repeated until this campaign promise gets as… Read more

March 12, 2019

If God is a monster, then we are damned. And vice versa. Plus: Rich people caught cheating at musical chairs; and the tawdriness of international espionage. Read more

March 9, 2019

If it wasn’t a lie, then everything described above would be happening. None of it is. Why not? Because even the people telling this lie cannot manage to believe it.  Read more

March 8, 2019

Tsion Ben-Judah is what the authors imagine to be an Honest Jew. Any Honest Jew, in their view, is one who rejects Judaism. The implication, of course, is that any Jewish person who fails to do this is a Dishonest Jew. Read more

March 7, 2019

The more “competitive” and “exclusive” and zero-sum education becomes, the more warped and warping that education becomes. If college education turns into a game of musical chairs, then that is all it can ever be. Read more

March 6, 2019

Check out the late Luke Perry in “Jeremiah” and you’ll learn something about the End of the World that Tim LaHaye never came close to understanding. Also: Media bubbles and autocrats; U.S. Grant on white evangelicals; and news-adjacent theater. Read more

March 5, 2019

Harvest Bible Chapel is/was “one of the 50 largest churches in America.” That’s an impressive-sounding category until you stop to think about it. Take a moment, though, and you’ll realize that most of the familiar names on such a list are recognizable because of their notoriety. “Church growth” is a popular topic in religious publishing, but the list of “the 50 largest churches in America” seems to offer more cautionary tales than it does models that other congregations would want… Read more

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