Sep. 21st, 2017 10:29 pm
We're continuing in Norman Geisler's 1975 discussion of "When Abortion Is Justified." Geisler, a conservative white evangelical, first wrote this in 1971. Two years before Roe and two years after, conservative evangelical views were the same.
Sep. 20th, 2017 11:02 pm
Even if your individual self-interest or the interest of your ethnic or religious tribe is the only thing you care about, that self-interest should compel you to ensure equal protection and full accommodation for people with disabilities -- because you could become one of them in the twinkling of an eye.
Sep. 20th, 2017 12:13 am
Norman Geisler's use of the term "therapeutic" in this section turned out to be unfortunate. Back in the early 1970s, when he was writing this summary of the common accepted "stance" for conservative white evangelicals on "When Abortion Is Justified," that term was entirely benign. He had no way of knowing that, decades later, it would become something of an epithet.
Sep. 18th, 2017 06:56 pm
"Biblical counseling" is a nasty bit of work that's going to get people killed. In the meantime, though, it will provide a bit of revenue for its fundamentalist advocates, while helping to isolate their followers from any source of truth they don't control.
Sep. 15th, 2017 11:57 am
Chloe undergoes a change in personality following her recitation of the magic words, but the change is entirely one of subtraction, not of addition. Her “conversion” is thus one of the saddest events in a book full of woes and calamities.
Sep. 14th, 2017 10:49 pm
What conservative white evangelicals believe and say in 2017 is very different from what they believed and said in 1975. And what they said back then is, in their circles, no longer allowed to be believed and no longer allowed to be spoken.
Sep. 13th, 2017 09:48 pm
Not-Garland joined his fellow robed partisans to uphold racial gerrymandering in Texas. How long does the absolute correlation and unbroken pattern have to continue before we're allowed to talk about the obvious conclusion? Plus: Credit-rating agencies are terrible at their job and have outlived any plausible claim that their continued existence is justified. Burn them down and salt the earth.
Sep. 12th, 2017 07:02 pm
Here's the next little bit from Norman Geisler's unremarkable, unremarked on, conservative white evangelical book Ethics: Alternatives and Issues, 1975 edition. Guy could be a bit repetitive.
Sep. 11th, 2017 11:57 pm
David W. Congdon on what it is that we're saved from. (He provides a Latin phrase, but I'm thinking of a shorter American one.) Plus: the Yaris hits a milestone; Christian textbooks that celebrate treason in defense of slavery; and 100 Funny Movies that may or may not all be, like, ha-ha funny.
Sep. 11th, 2017 06:00 pm
The following is from Ethics: Alternatives and Issues, by Norman L. Geisler. The book was originally published in 1971, by the evangelical publishing house Zondervan. This is from the third printing, in 1975. Later, we can discuss the substance of this and unpack it in greater detail. For now, I just want to put this out […]