This Just In: We are Not Monsters

In movies and TV shows, whenever civil society breaks down — because of zombies, meteor strike, irate Godzilla, or some such — people immediately devolve into utterly selfish, vicious animals. Glee clubs spontaneously transform into motorcycle gangs, and young professionals start bashing girl scouts in the head to steal the half-chewed do-si-dos out of their mouths. But in real life, More …

Ode to Leaving My Car in a Ditch

You know it’s been a day when you have to abandon your car in a ditch and walk a mile over icy roads in a driving snowstorm to get home, and you consider yourself one of the lucky ones. I left my car in a ditch! Left my car! In a ditch! I need that thing to earn a living More …

The Evils of Abortion

If you’re still wishy-washy over whether or not abortion is evil, I can only imagine you’r reading this blog by accident. However, it never hurts to clear away the underbrush of rhetoric with some direct, hard truths. To that end, RedState asks the question, “So Just How Evil Is Abortion Anyway?” Abortion has stained and perverted some aspects of the More …

God’s Character and Moral Law

From the Department of Posts That Affirm Stuff I Wrote Before, J. Warner Wallace writes on how God establishes the difference between right and wrong: From a Christian worldview, God doesn’t simply tell us what is righteous, He is righteous. Goodness and righteousness are attributes of his innate character. While it’s tempting to think there isn’t anything God couldn’t do, More …

“Government Isn’t Synonymous with Civil Society”

Jonah Goldberg points out how society breaks down when we abandon our shared traditions and morals: …the cause is a breakdown in shared norms, customs, language, and the other often invisible and intangible but no less real sinews that bind a community together. Family breakdown, the decline in good blue-collar jobs, the decline of organized religion, etc., are all equally More …

A Going Concern

When we had our first child, my son Graham, I felt like we were stepping into a new world. There was so much territory completely unexplored, and we were full of eagerness and anticipation, and anxiety. Having my second child — a daughter, Campbell, who arrived last Tuesday —  is a different sensation entirely. I felt like we were hiring More …

Can Anybody But an Atheist Make a Good Bible Movie?

The Gospel Coalition asks, “Can an atheist make a good Bible movie?” Little is yet known about [director Ridley] Scott’s Exodus other than its impressive cast; however, when asked about the film in October by The New York Times, Scott said, “I’m an atheist, which is actually good, because I’ve got to convince myself the story works.” What does it More …

Johnny Cash – “Redemption”

I recently wrote a post about my favorite non-church church music. In that list I included Johnny Cash’s “God’s Gonna Cut You Down,” which is a great song about the business end of God’s judgement. It just so happens that the God and the Machine blog recently posted another Johnny Cash song which is about the business end of God’s More …

Can a Free Country Guarantee a Minimum Income?

Batten down the hatches and lash yourself to the mizzen mast: I may be having my opinion changed about something. Jeff Carter makes the case for guaranteeing a minimum income: From the classical liberal/libertarian perspective, a basic income guarantee is far better than the current welfare system we have in place now.  If you are a classical liberal, you ought to support More …

“Alabama is Through to the Super Bowl!”

A British announcer unfamiliar with the sport of American football does play-by-play for the Alabama-Notre Dame championship game from last year. A nice addition to a game that was pretty hilarious to begin with. #RollPipPipCheerioTide

How Not to Argue Like an Idiot

Seems like there’s a lot of arguing like an idiot going on lately. Flip around the cable news channels and you’ll find many nightly shows devoted to it. Fortunately for us, ScribblePreach.com provides handy tips on how to avoid the 15 most common logical fallacies: 6. Argument from Authority.  I need to be careful here, because I believe ultimately, all More …

Strength in Faith

In Relevant magazine, Malcolm Gladwell writes about rediscovering his faith in the process of writing his book David and Goliath:  What I understand now is that I was one of those people who did not appreciate the weapons of the spirit. I have always been someone attracted to the quantifiable and the physical. I hate to admit it. But I More …

Modern Martyrs

Kristen Powers writes on the growing worldwide persecution of Christians, and I don’t just mean the folks from Duck Dynasty: In their annual report of the worst 50 countries for Christian persecution, Open Doors found that Christian martyr deaths around the globe doubled in 2013.  Their report documented 2,123 killings, compared with 1,201 in 2012. In Syria alone, there were More …

Ravi Zacharias Mic Drop, Y’all

Via Justin Taylor, here’s Ravi Zacharias on post-modern architecture: He said, “This is America’s first postmodern building.” I was startled for a moment and I said, “What is a postmodern building?” He said, “Well, the architect said that he designed this building with no design in mind. When the architect was asked, ‘Why?’ he said, ‘If life itself is capricious, More …

Thinking Christianity

Most people live like they believe there are two worlds — a physical world and a spiritual world. The physical world is the one they see themselves in 99% of the time, while they only worry about the spiritual one during particularly exciting Sundays and on Halloween. These two worlds have no overlap, and they operate under completely different rules. More …

The Vincent Clortho Public Wizard School

Sure, Hogwart’s is nice, but what about the conditions at inner city public wizard schools? (It’s not a new video, but I can’t know about everything as soon as it comes out. I have a job and stuff.) (Oh, and Caution: Some swears.)

Is Atheism a Luxury Good?

What’s the relationship between atheism and wealth? Do societies become wealthy because they reject religion? Or do they reject religion because they think they can afford to? …namely, there’s good evidence that atheism and secularism are much more costly, in terms of sheer energy expenditure, than religious ways of organizing society. As I said, this may not make immediate sense; what More …

Why Faith?

RedState’s Erick Erickson explains why he is determined to keep talking about his faith: It is not just that we are all sinners. It’s that there really are people of this world and there really are people traveling through this world home to eternity. The people of the world will bring up every bad act the Christian has committed not More …

Dogs and Cats Living Together: NYT Editorial Advocates Abolishing Corporate Income Tax

Someone has apparently hacked into The New York Times’ website. How else to you explain this editorial?: In recent decades, American workers have suffered one body blow after another: the decline in manufacturing, foreign competition, outsourcing, the Great Recession and smart machines that replace people everywhere you look. Amazon and Google are in a horse race to see how many More …

Arab Christians in the Holy Land

The WSJ highlights Arab Christians in Israel who are organizing to better support the Jewish state: But now, an informal grass-roots movement, prompted in part by the persecution of Christians elsewhere in the region since the Arab Spring, wants to cooperate more closely with Israeli Jewish society—which could mean a historic change in attitude toward the Jewish state. “Israel is More …