One Minute Apologist

I was just thinking, what if I want to learn some arguments in support of Christianity, but I only have sixty seconds? Well, looky here: it’s the One Minute Apologist! You too can learn the wisdom of the Bible during commercial breaks on The Amazing Race! Here’s a sample for you, on the Levitical laws and homosexuality:

And There’s the Problem with the Anti-Bullying Thing

Anti-bullying seems like an easy cause to support, right? How can anything be wrong with a movement that’s trying to protect kids from bullies? Well, how about if one of the leaders of that movement is a nasty little ball of spite like Dan Savage: As many as 100 high school students walked out of a national journalism conference after More …

Metta World Peace Teaches Bible School

Ron Artest is a perfect example of… well, a lot of things. For the purposes of this post though, let’s look at him as an object lesson in the difference between “change” and “repentance.” For Ron was a mean man, you see. He was mean to basketball fans. He was mean to women. He was mean to animals. Even among More …

Overdiagnosing Autism

Have you noticed the dramatic increase in the diagnosis of autism? I have, because I keep seeing the diagnosis applied to people who in the past would just have been called socially awkward or withdrawn–in other words, people who behave like me. Psychology professor Dr. Allen Francis has noticed too, and he explains some of the factors leading to the More …

As Unlikely as It May Seem, This Exists

Did you know that there’s an audiobook recording of John Cleese reading C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters? I sure didn’t. But now I do! And my life is just that much better. Justin Taylor has a whole bunch of clips posted at his site. Here’s one: And thank you, Internet, for being an endless archive of unlikely things.

And In Other Alabama News

From the Onion: TUSCUMBIA, AL—A new Tuscumbia transportation law requires that all infants be placed in child-safety seats and securely buckled in when transported in the bed of a pickup truck. It’s about time!

Proving the Existence of God

Over on The Gospel Coalition, James Anderson writes about logically proving the existence of God: Here is my modest proposal: We should think of proofs in terms of proofs for a particular person. In much the same way that mathematical proofs are system-dependent, so proofs of the existence of God need to be seen as person-dependent. The question “Can we More …

Ann Althouse Addresses One of the Root Causes of My Deprangry

In referring to the Hilary Rosen “Ann Romney never worked a day in her life” scandal, Ann Althouse says this: As we’d talked about earlier: The Democrats don’t really believe anything. They’re just working on various voting blocs. They started this “war on women” theme, but it was a means to an end. Women were out there, so numerous, so richly More …

On the Derbyshire Thing

The most thoughtful (and longest, which often goes hand-in-hand with thoughtfulness) analysis of the Internet mini-scandal ginned up by John Derbyshire’s article in “The Talk” is from John O’Sullivan in NRO’s Corner. It covers pretty much everything, so I’m not going to try to improve on it, just point to it.

Religion Reporters Not Terribly Interested in Religion

Ever feel like the reporters that cover religion don’t know what they’re talking about? Well, that’s because they don’t: A newly-released study from the University of Southern California provides chilling evidence that the MSM’s religious incompetence and insensitivity runs deep. A key discovery:  One-half of reporters say the biggest challenge to covering religion is a lack of knowledge about the subject. More …

Charity and Theft

We’ve heard a lot of talk lately about how we all need to kick in a little more to the government in the interest of helping the less fortunate among us. Not to private charitable organizations or churches, mind you. No, only more and larger government programs can salve the wounds of mankind and raise us from the dark ages More …

Rick Warren Steps Up

The Corner highlights a pro-freedom, anti-big-government performance by Rick Warren on ABC’s This Week last Sunday. Among Warren’s comments: The only way to get people out of poverty is J-O-B-S. Create jobs. To create wealth, not to subsidize wealth. When you subsidize people, you create the dependency. You rob them of dignity. The primary purpose of government is to keep More …

Politics Isn’t Everything

As I continue to struggle with my deprangry, God is leading me to resources that help me along. In that vein, Justin Taylor points to this post on establishing distinction between your Christian life and your political life. Because, you know, they’re not the same. Some good stuff, including: Radical Protestantism has often bred radical politics, which feeds off of More …

There Will Always Be Bullies

If Lord Humungus had recently moved to town and enrolled his kids at Warren G. Harding Middle School… if the Visigoths had been displaced from the plains of ancient Gaul and relocated to the parking lot in front of the GameStop… if the heads of impertinent chess club members were routinely seen on pikes in front of the He-Man Woman More …

"…But I can say that it was the right choice."

Andrea Bocelli tells the story of his mother’s decision not to abort him:

"Every Man Has a God"

Erick Erickson has some good thoughts for the first day of Holy Week: Let’s start this week with one particular thought that so many of the so called wise will reject as stupid, but which is absolute fact.  Every man, woman, and child in this world has a god. Even atheists have gods. It may not be the actual risen More …

The Survival of Obamacare Means the Death of Charity

When you think that all good things come from the government, you end up creating a world where good things can only come from the government. The existence of Obamacare, and the arguments in favor of it, bear that out pretty clearly. I’ll show you what I mean. Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick had the blogging equivalent of a grand mal seizure More …

The Two Reasons that People Argue

One of the reasons for my ongoing deprangry and why it makes me so sick and sad to follow politics lately is the way people argue. I don’t know if there was ever a time in which political opponents were expected to argue in good faith, but if there was, it’s long gone now. It seems to me that there More …