LBCF, No. 152: ‘In these shoes?’

Sep. 22nd, 2017 11:07 am
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Posted by Fred Clark

The misogyny is palpable, but we’ve had plenty of opportunity to explore that before now, so let’s set aside for the moment L&J’s warped understanding of gender and consider instead their warped understanding of footwear.
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Posted by Fred Clark

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.

We Are Being Governed by Fools

Sep. 20th, 2017 11:02 pm
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Posted by Fred Clark

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.

No. 30: on pretending that (Act IV)

Sep. 20th, 2017 11:50 am
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Posted by Kip Manley

Her sword – the Riches of the City – Peabo’s leaf spring – “It’s all good” –

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Posted by Fred Clark

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.

The church of rock and roll

Sep. 18th, 2017 09:23 pm
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Posted by Fred Clark

This is, I think, a lovely story. It's about coming together to help bear each other's burdens, even when those burdens are unbearable. This is closer to what "church" should be than what we often see from the church itself.
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Posted by Fred Clark

"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.

No. 30: on pretending that (Act III)

Sep. 18th, 2017 11:47 am
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Posted by Kip Manley

the Garbage Bag – the Towers, the Hills, the Sun – not yet a Dozen –

Blessed Are the Poor

Sep. 16th, 2017 08:07 pm
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Posted by Fred Clark

Most of the time in the actual Bible, the poor are already saved. All of them. They just are. That's a given. It's rarely stated outright because, throughout the actual Bible, it goes without saying.

LBCF, No. 151: ‘Losing Chloe’

Sep. 15th, 2017 11:57 am
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Posted by Fred Clark

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.

No. 30: on pretending that (Act II)

Sep. 15th, 2017 11:42 am
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Posted by Kip Manley

“Oh” – how Does she Ever – blood & water, Lilies, glass – the Point of dreams –

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Posted by Fred Clark

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.

You were a fool to let me go

Sep. 13th, 2017 09:48 pm
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Posted by Fred Clark

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.

No. 30: on pretending that (Act I)

Sep. 13th, 2017 11:38 am
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Posted by Kip Manley

Becker’s eyes – a Simple plan – spruce, mahogany, Iron & pine – what Nobody said – the Likes of them –

If dreams were lightning

Sep. 11th, 2017 11:57 pm
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Posted by Fred Clark

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.
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Posted by Fred Clark

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 […]

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