September 24, 2019

An open thread and a reminder of the strangely relevant “Stennis compromise.” Read more

September 23, 2019

You’d be smart to listen to Kate Marvel, Zak Cheney-Rice, Damon Young, Michael Twitty, and Ana Lucia Araujo. Read more

September 19, 2019

Falwell’s loudest, angriest denials focused on an “accusation” that didn’t involve any harm or wrongdoing. But he had to pretend he did not commit a pretend sin. Read more

September 18, 2019

The Netflix series based on the Pulitzer-winning article “An Unbelievable Story of Rape” forces us to see something unbearable, but also points to a better way. (It’s really good.) Read more

September 17, 2019

While my brother, to this day, has never explicitly admitted nor categorically denied it, it was always widely assumed that he was behind the “Painters for Christ.” Read more

September 16, 2019

The sexual “purity culture” embraced by white evangelicals can’t be separated from the sex-obsessed, all-American ideology of racial purity. Read more

September 15, 2019

(Me and the blog, both.)   Read more

September 6, 2019

Once again, what these books portray as “prophecy come to life” is a mass of implausibilities and impossibilities that require a world filled with humans who behave in ways that no humans ever have or ever would. Read more

September 5, 2019

Looking for America in the Bible isn’t merely a howling anachronism, it’s a narcissism that won’t allow readers to seek or to find anything but their own reflection. Read more

September 4, 2019

“They get mad. They get so mad.” We can’t avoid their defensive anger, so let’s lean into it. Plus: Jerry Jr., the Free Tract Society, and anachronistic Bible-reading. Read more

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