Category Archives: Violence

Do Not Resist An Evil Person

Jesus was just so fucking smart. I like thinking about his teachings in unconventional ways — because conventional ones (like the one spoofed in the meme above) were concocted by religious authoritarians who didn’t (and still don’t) give two hoots … Continue reading

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This Shit’s Easy

Bullshitters aren’t innocent. They bullshit for a reason. If their purposes were honorable, they would be in possession of facts, of the truth of what’s really going on, and they wouldn’t need bullshit. Resorting to bullshit proves dishonesty on a … Continue reading

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Evil Bastard

I’m reading Jack Miles’s God: A Biography. His chapter on Job convinces me that: “The Lord” (Yahweh) of the Jews was a psychopath. “God” (elohim) referred to benevolent entities. The “Judeo-Christian” tradition is an amalgam of beliefs that Jesus expressly … Continue reading

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Overcoming Evil With Good

I think a lot about what it means to “overcome evil with good”. There’s a lot of crap going on that qualifies for extremely undesirable and detrimental (my working definition of “evil”) and we seem to know squat about how … Continue reading

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Violent Love

In our violence-ridden, non-violence espousing, uber-offendable culture, we forget that men and women of peace are also men and women of violence, hatred, and anger. We suffered fools because they filled the world with their toxic counterfeits of “power” and … Continue reading

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Intimidation

I got beat down But I stood up You criticized my standing up It was not to your liking Alright But stand I will I got stifled But I spoke up You criticized my voice It was not to your … Continue reading

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Senses

They told me, “This is the way: gouge out your eyes.” So I did. Then they said, “We’ll lead you.” They told me, “This is the way: burn off your ears.” So I did. Then they said, “We’ll interpret for … Continue reading

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Pigs and Pearls

Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces. — Matthew 7:6 Why do pigs trample pearls underfoot? … Continue reading

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Cult Thinking Explained

Cults continue to mystify most people, even those intimately familiar with them. This bothers me. I was a fundamentalist and then a quasi-cult member for more than 20 years. I should understand how cult thinking works; understanding thinking is what … Continue reading

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Fundamentalism

The root problem with fundamentalism is ridiculously simple, and it’s not what most people think. We might call fundamentalism inane or insane if it weren’t so often deadly serious. Dismissing and ridiculing it won’t help us understand it. As clearly … Continue reading

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The War on Christians

The February 13, 2012 issue of Newsweek was brought to my attention by a friend over the weekend. Its cover story, written by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, is The Global War on Christians in the Muslim World. (The image is clickable, … Continue reading

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The Church

I’ve been loving NakedPastor.com lately. Here’s the cartoon I got today. Click on the image to go to the full-size version on David Hayward’s site http://www.patheos.com/blogs/nakedpastor:   © www.nakedpastor.com The comments there are interesting. Today’s offering gave pause even to some of … Continue reading

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Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Church

Last week, a cartoon and a flurry of related commentary brought Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Church to my attention. Here’s the cartoon by David Hayward, “graffiti artist on the walls of the church,” showing Driscoll preaching from the midst … Continue reading

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