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Monthly Archive for June, 2009

It can be tough being a Christian. You have to believe all sorts of unbelievable things. You have to go to church every Sunday and listen to some preachy dude beg for money. You have to put up with brilliantly-written, riotously-funny, expertly-argued books patiently debunking your faith. (I suppose this one doesn’t really distinguish you [...]

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Sanford and King

I’m sure you’ve heard the saga of Governor Mark Sanford, whose adulterous Argentinian tryst briefly dominated headlines last week until displaced by the untimely death of OxiClean pitchman Billy Mays. But now, with every TV network seemingly devoted to showing Hercules Hook ads and Vince Offer interviews, you might have missed the news that Sanford [...]

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It’s always exciting when scientists are able to corroborate fictional stories. Who wasn’t thrilled when paleontologists found the skeleton of Moby Dick? Who didn’t get excited when epidemiologists were able to isolate the “Captain Trips” virus? What child wasn’t delighted when zoologists successfully trained a mouse to ride a motorcycle? I felt that same sense [...]

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Back when I attended Vacation Bible Camp (and won the Color War “homiletics” competition for my team three summers in a row) we used to think of “miracles” as things like “Sea Mysteriously Parts” and “Convicted Criminal Rises From Dead to Seek Revenge” and “Bread and Wine Magically Changes into Flesh and Blood Without Violating [...]

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Which Hell is Michael Jackson In?

Jehovah’s Witness Hell Argument for: hit song “Blood on the Dance Floor” violates JeWit interpretation of Acts 15:28-29 Argument against: kicked out in 1987 for “suggestive dance, dress, and grooming” Muslim Hell Argument for: inclusion of Mohammed caricature on Off the Wall album liner Argument against: professed Shahadah at Toto keyboardist Steve Porcaro‘s house in [...]

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Over at HuffPo, “after-hours rabbi” Alan Lurie describes four “impediments” to “experiencing god” that he wishes he’d lectured a skeptical job applicant about. 4. The worry that “spiritual experiences” are just feel-good self-indulgence. Why would someone worry that something is a “feel-good self-indulgence”? Here are some other feel-good self-indulgences: eating cookie dough straight from the [...]

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What Would Jesus Kill and Eat?

Proselytization is a two-way street. So pity (a little bit) the poor attendees of the Southern Baptist Convention, who are going to have to deal with evangelization from PETAns: Among the demonstrators who will be standing outside the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville as the SBC opens its two-day meeting on Tuesday will be one [...]

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PARIS (AP) – President Nicolas Sarkozy lashed out Monday at the practice of wearing the shinobi shōzoku, insisting the full-body costume is a sign of the “debasement” of martial artists and that it won’t be welcome in France. A Ninja The French leader expressed support for a recent call by dozens of legislators to create [...]

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My Dinner with Elder Andre

Late yesterday afternoon I heard a knock on my door. Most people who visit either have a key or ring the doorbell, so at first I thought it might be Orthodox Jews. However, I peered out the window and saw two Mormon-looking kids standing there, so I opened the door and popped my head out. [...]

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First, thanks to everyone who bought the book. I hope you love it! I hope you write about it in your blog and put links to it on your websites! I hope you recommend it to all your friends! I hope you go to your favorite online bookstore and write a 5-Star review (unless your [...]

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