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Scripturient: Fake Ark, Fake Religion

Well, it finally opened: the $100 million-dollar Noah’s Ark theme park in Kentucky that features an allegedly life-size model of the mythological boat described in the Bible. It’s 510 feet (155.4m) long, 85 feet (26m) wide, more than three … . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Fake Ark, Fake Religion

Scripturient: The Myth of Persecution

I just finished reading The Myth of Persecution by theology professor Candida Moss (Harper One, New York, 2013). I picked it up because of my general interest in theology, but also my more specific interest in early church history. I didn’t reali… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: The Myth of Persecution

Scripturient: One Small Step, One Long Whine

The Supreme Court of the United States made a landmark decision last week that states cannot constitutionally (i.e. legally) ban same-sex marriage. The bottom line: under the Constitution, every citizen is entitled to the same rights and freedoms regardless of sexual orientation. Most of the world celebrated with the USA over this decision (the US . . . → Read More: Scripturient: One Small Step, One Long Whine

Politics and its Discontents: An Instructional Video

The following has been floating around the Internet for some time, but it warrants renewed circulation, in that it shatters some of the stereotypes about Islam. I would suggest it could edify Prime Minister Harper, but I live in the real world, a world where Canada’s leader, for crass political purposes, is intent on demonizing . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: An Instructional Video

Politics and its Discontents: But Can He Heal Himself?

That well-known metaphysician to the fundamentalist Christian soul, ‘Doctor’ Pat Robertson, prescribes some strong medicine to combat an infectious workplace agent:

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Politics and its Discontents: Told You The Right Hates Rachel Maddow

Listen to this for confirmation:

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Politics and its Discontents: What Do Mark Twain And Charles Darwin Have In Common?

If you thought their commonality lay in their capacity for observation, thought, and contribution to the general good, guess again.

First, Mr. Twain’s shocking ‘truth’:

Next, the real story about the depraved Mr. Darwin:

I’m certainly glad that he didn’t resort to any hyperbole in his litany of their ‘sins,’ but sadly, doesn’t . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: What Do Mark Twain And Charles Darwin Have In Common?

Politics and its Discontents: My Second Surprise Today

Earlier today., I posted a brief piece on how, despite my reservations about Justin Trudeau’s leadership capacity, I found his openness and honesty refreshing when it came to pot.

The second surprise I got today was the fact that he spoke quite candidly about his opposition to Quebec’s proposed ban on religious symbols and . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: My Second Surprise Today

Politics and its Discontents: The Price of Plualism

There is a price for the privilege of living in a pluralistic society, and that cost, which the majority of people willing pay, is tolerance for the views and beliefs of others. Tolerance, while not requiring the embrace and adoption of the values held by others, does entail respecting those values. That is . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Price of Plualism