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wtb on February 4th, 2017

The present-day impulse to misread the Bible merely as a self-help book is almost irresistible. A good example may be James 1:19-20, “Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God (ESV).”

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wtb on December 26th, 2016

“High church” and “low church” mean different things to different people Here are some typical distinctions . . .

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wtb on November 18th, 2016

Jonathan Haidt, a social psychologist, university professor, and NYT best-selling author, has for years been trying to help Liberals understand why they have so much difficulty in communicating with ordinary Americans. Copyright American Conservative. Use here in critical commentary is fair use.

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wtb on November 15th, 2016

It’s a truism that pure democracy only works well within a small community. Copyright BUSINESSINSIDER.COM.Use here in critical commentary is considered fair use. That’s because pure democracy requires intense participation that’s not possible in larger groups with less-interested participants. So when attempted on a larger scale, democracy must be subordinated to non-democratic institutions to prevent […]

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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 “Annunciation” by Dante Gabriel Rossetti But his comparison was more cute than critical in focusing on superficial […]

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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.

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Picked this up from NewsBusters … Copyrighted image. Use here in critical commentary is considered fair use. 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 […]

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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 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.

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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.

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wtb on August 21st, 2015

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

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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 The […]

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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.——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.

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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.”

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Ted Olson and Tony Perkins on Fox News Sunday, 12 Oct 2014, debate Supreme Court’s decision not to consider gay marriage. (Copyrighted image. Use here in critical commentary is fair use.) 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.

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wtb on October 6th, 2014

Copyright The Names Project.Use here in critical commentary is fair use. The AIDS Quilt?

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wtb on September 22nd, 2014

The medieval Roman Catholic sale of indulgences?

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wtb on September 13th, 2014

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

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