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Posted by Fred Clark

Glioblastoma multiforme killed my grandmother. And then, years later, it killed my mother. That's what this disease does. It kills people. It is, as we keep hearing today in the news, a very "aggressive" form of brain cancer. There is no cure. It is a matter of months. Perhaps a year, but not two.
Piled Higher & Deeper by Jorge Cham
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title: "The Mysteries of SPACE" - originally published 7/19/2017

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It’s about to be writ again

Wednesday, 19 July 2017 08:20 pm
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Posted by Fred Clark

Is there life on Mars? Republican House member seeks answers on Mars-ghazi. Plus: Backwards-masking and the P&G rumor; the 1811 pamphleteer who blazed a trail for Charismanews; the Rule of Threes; and another reminder that requiring children to recite a daily loyalty oath is creepy.

Posted by Fred Clark

In an essay on Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Stanley Hauerwas asks "What made it possible for him to see the character of the regime Hitler represented when so many others did not?" He looks for an answer in the academic theology Bonhoeffer studied in seminary, but the real answer is to be found several blocks north of there.

Shaking the dust off their feet

Tuesday, 18 July 2017 08:02 pm
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Posted by Fred Clark

In the age of Trump, John Fea writes, many "evangelicals are experiencing a crisis of faith as they look around in their white congregations on Sunday morning and realize that so many fellow Christians were willing to turn a blind eye to all that Trump represents." And the Rev. Lawrence Ware confirms this, explaining "Why I'm Leaving the Southern Baptist Convention."

Posted by Fred Clark

Take a moment to ponder that and to consider the staggering level of hypocrisy and ingratitude it takes for Gentile Christians today to play the role of that circumcision faction. Are we so foolish? Did we experience so much for nothing?

Posted by Fred Clark

Dave Gushee writes about last week's Eugene Peterson debacle as someone with first-hand experience of what it's like "When the evangelical establishment comes after you." It's not a pretty story.
Piled Higher & Deeper by Jorge Cham
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title: "The Path to Enlightenment" - originally published 7/14/2017

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LBCF, No. 143: ‘Care less’

Friday, 14 July 2017 12:28 pm
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Posted by Fred Clark

In order to consider such scenes on their own terms — in order to keep turning the pages without throwing this inhuman book against the wall — we end up having to accept Left Behind’s premise that trauma does not traumatize and that human suffering is peripheral, inconsequential and meaningless. This is the book’s great moral theme, its moral instruction.

Posted by Fred Clark

Steve King wants to pay for the "border wall" by redirecting funding from Planned Parenthood. That can only mean that the wall will need to be reimbursed for providing affordable health services to anyone who needs them. And if the wall's reimbursements depend on people being able to get there for its health services, then the border wall will need to be relocated. I like this plan.
Piled Higher & Deeper by Jorge Cham
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title: "The Conference Morning Session" - originally published 7/12/2017

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Speechless

Tuesday, 11 July 2017 11:30 pm
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Posted by Fred Clark

Well, I spent all day reading the news with slack-jawed astonishment. So right now, I got nothin.’ Looking forward to scoop-o’-clock later tonight. Collude amongst yourselves.

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Rebecca Stott talked with National Public Radio this weekend about her new memoir, In the Days of Rain: A Father, A Daughter, A Cult. The word “cult” is often misapplied, but Stott’s use of it there seems precise and accurate. She was raised in Brighton, England, among the Exclusive Brethren — a horror-show separatist sect [Read More...]

Posted by Fred Clark

Rayford is lying about his “physical” interest in Hattie. This is the “woman he had never touched,” the woman he had fetishized like a collector, stringing her along, unopened in the original shrink-wrap packaging. Nothing has changed. He’s still playing the same kinky control game that he’s played all along.