wtb on December 24th, 2015

Describing Mary, the mother of Jesus, as “an unwed teenage mother” has become too common to escape critique. It’s a favorite trope of a former governor of Arkansas who happens to be running for president.

Painting of the
Painting of the “Annunciation” by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

But his comparison was more cute than critical in focusing on superficial similarities at the expense of deep distinctions.

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Aristotle’s Four Causes provide a useful model for analyzing the question of whether climate change “causes” terrorism. By way of introduction, the figure below illustrates how the four types of causes come together to produce a home.

aristotle's four causes in relation to building a home

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Picked this up from NewsBusters …

MSNBC screenshot
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I turned on MSNBC this morning in the admittedly masochistic hope of seeing Melissa Harris-Perry, only to find Harry Smith — of all people — hosting continuing coverage of the Paris attacks and related issues. After running clips of Ted Cruz, Ben Carson and Mike Huckabee questioning the admittance into the US of Syrian refugees, Smith immediately displayed on screen and read the passage of Matthew 25 that begins “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat … I was a stranger and you invited me in,” etc.  Smith then turned to the Rev. Jacqui Lewis, pastor of the hyper-liberal Middle Collegiate Church in NYC’s East Village, and asked this hyper-leading question: “is this as important a piece of the New Testament as exists?” Surprise! Lewis agreed that it “absolutely” is.

Source: Harry Smith Cites Scripture to Rebuke Republicans on Refugees

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wtb on October 22nd, 2015

\\\ Trigger Warning \\\ The New Testament (NT) documents can’t be treated as entirely normative for the present-day church …

philip and the eunuch
“Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch”
from The Bible and Its Story
by Charles Horne and Julius Brewer, public domain

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wtb on September 7th, 2015

Survey results show popular attitudes toward Christians are frequently negative, with words like “hypocritical, judgmental, old-fashioned, too political, out of touch with reality, insensitive to others, and boring” coming to mind.

Unchristian

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wtb on September 5th, 2015

Once upon a time, a husband and wife decided to solve their marriage problems by writing out a list of rules each would keep as a way of improving their relationship.

couple with a list

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wtb on August 21st, 2015

Did you hear the one about the “shotgun wedding” involving a same-sex couple?

gay shotgun wedding

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wtb on July 24th, 2015

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God — 1 Cor 6:9-10

percentages of gays vs. obese

The world would change in an unbelievable way if the church would attack the issue of obesity as relentlessly as it attacks the issue of homosexuality! (It would also be way more relevant to the church!) Perry Noble, “Homosexuality and Obesity,” 29 Dec 2014,

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Pamela Geller
Photo of Pamela Geller, American political activist and commentator
presently under fire for provoking a 3 May 2015 terror attack at her
“Draw Mahammad” cartoon contest in Garland, Texas.

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Copyright 2011 Pamela Geller. This file is licensed under the Creative
Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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wtb on April 3rd, 2015

Walt Kelley’s most famous quote, “we have met the enemy and he is us,” best illuminates how gay activists – a tiny percent of the population – have so successfully upended age-old understandings of gender and marriage.

he is us

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MAJOR PREMISE:    “All true Scotsmen are fishermen.”
MINOR PREMISE:    “Ole MacDonald is not a fisherman.”
CONCLUSION:        “Ole MacDonald is no true Scotsman.”

ole macdonald farmer

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ted olson tony perkins fox news sunday October 12 2014
Ted Olson and Tony Perkins on Fox News Sunday, 12 Oct 2014,
debate Supreme Court’s decision not to consider gay marriage.
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How does the marriage of a single, same-sex couple damage the traditional marriage of the couple next door?

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wtb on October 9th, 2014

Once upon a time, I thought the growing acceptance of gay ideology was simply due to the success of gay activists in deceiving basically good, but incredibly naive people.


incorrect dynamic of gay ideology


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wtb on October 6th, 2014

AIDS quilt
Copyright The Names Project.
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The AIDS Quilt?


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wtb on September 22nd, 2014

Medieval Roman Catholic Sale of Indulgences

The medieval Roman Catholic sale of indulgences?


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wtb on September 13th, 2014

the Harvard Crimson university newspaper


The Harvard Crimson has a better alternative to the First Amendment.

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wtb on September 12th, 2014

muscle and a shovel by Michael Shank



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wtb on August 19th, 2014

tea party protesters versus ferguson looters
Left: White Privilege — Tea Party Protesters?
Right: Black Privilege — Looters in Ferguson, Missouri?


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wtb on July 11th, 2014

In Thought Contagion: How Belief Spreads through Society, Aaron Lynch describes seven factors in thought contagion:

thought contagion by aaron lynch



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Here’s another example to illustrate a subtle but important aspect of the controversy between gay and traditional values.


mad scientist with gay ray


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