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Why do these people all sound alike?

I have scrupulously avoided arguing with biblical literalists (or fundies, short for fundamentalists) for 25 years, not because I don’t enjoy arguing (I enjoy it too much) but because the form of argument is so irritating. Whatever Martin Luther meant by Sola Scriptura he surely did not intend the various stupefying shit-shows you can find on […]

Taking a Break

I’ve had this blog since 2011. My, how time flies. I’m going to give it a rest for a month or so. Maybe I’ll pick it up again, maybe not. At the beginning I had a lot of unfinished thoughts that needed expressing, lots of books I’d read that needed digesting, but as time went […]

Some things that need to be said.

I have perhaps told the story here before of the Fullbright professor who got the unenviable task of teaching my American lit class in the third year of college. My degree being languages, and the curriculum being more rigid than at any American college, (i.e. we all took the same classes and I rubbed elbows […] […]

Repost: Christ and Community

An old post, but some things bear repeating. Christianity tends to be defined as a series of abstract doctrinal statements to which one may or may not give assent. I think this is an expression of the modern preference for abstract thought and individualism over culture. When one actually sits down to read the Gospels […]

The Importance of Honest Disagreement

Ace of Spades (who is still threatening retirement) points out that honest and open disagreement is so important because hidden disagreement always expresses itself in the form of personal attacks: “if you can’t admit you disagree with someone one ideological grounds, and you still wish to undermine them, you have no choice left but to simply […]

Finally, something good about 2016

After a year full of bad news, something good is finally happening in 2016: baseball’s biggest jerk is retiring. So long A-Rod. This is my fondest memory of you: Back in 2004 Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek welcomes Alex Rodriguez to Boston.  

Poor White Folk

J.D. Vance was born a poor hillbilly, joined the Marines (who discovered he was smart) and ended up attending Yale Law School. Rod Dreher interviews him here about white and black poverty, Donald Trump, Christianity, and the Marines. On the two parties: The two political parties have offered essentially nothing to these people for a […]