Oct. 20th, 2017 11:39 am
The intended readers of Left Behind are waiting for the end of the world. Or for war. Either one would do. Either one would seem more meaningful than the headache and trivia of daily life that constitutes what they now think of as “discipleship.” And Left Behind lets them experience both, at least vicariously.
Oct. 18th, 2017 11:34 pm
Oct. 17th, 2017 11:10 pm
"Muscular Christianity" is rooted in fear -- specifically in fear of the physically stronger, and more numerous, working class. Muscular Christianity took that fear and responded by saying, "We'd better starting working out."
Oct. 16th, 2017 08:18 pm
French, like many other vocal "conservatives," doesn't understand what consent means and doesn't understand it's moral significance. Specifically, he's deeply confused about the distinction between necessary and sufficient.
Oct. 13th, 2017 11:46 am
Nicolae’s super powers seem different from the book’s other supernatural events. It's one thing to make God a character, portraying God with divine powers. It's something else to suddenly tell us that the president of Romania can also work divine miracles.
Oct. 10th, 2017 10:36 pm
The other big current story with an "everybody knows" angle involves Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, who has decided not to run for re-election. Corker seems to have found this liberating -- speaking with newfound bluntness and candor about the president nominated and elected to lead his own party.
Oct. 9th, 2017 09:37 pm
"Everybody knows" was a theme in two otherwise disparate stories in the news over this weekend -- one involving a sexually abusive Hollywood producer, the other involving a Republican senator's war of words with a Republican president.
Oct. 9th, 2017 05:08 pm
The real dispute here is not between liberal and conservative traditions, but rather about the meaning of texts and the reading of texts. It is the difference between fundamentalism and everything that is not that.