The Prosperity Gospel: Bad, but Not Bad Enough to Collapse the Global Economy

Via Instapundit, The Atlantic asks the provocative but stupid question “Did Christianity Cause the Crash?” The author’s premise is that people bought beyond their means and took financial risks because prosperity gospel pastors told them that God would always have an easy money policy. I’m no fan of the whole prosperity gospel hoo-ha and don’t want to look like I’m …

How Would Jesus Tip?

From Think Christian, something good to keep in mind as you go out to eat, especially around the holidays, when every little bit helps: I recently encountered this blog post by a Christian psychologist Richard Beck.  He writes, provocatively, “The single most damaging phenomenon to the witness of Christianity in America today is the collective behavior of the Sunday morning …

Faith and Reason

At Conversion Diary, Jen, a former atheist, has a great post (re-post, actually) entitled “How I researched my way into Christianity.” In it, she tells the story of how her journey to Christianity began with a methodical analysis of the tenets of world religion. Stuff like this is like a cool drink of water to me. Heck, one of the …

And You Wonder Why I Don’t Trust the Media

Image via Wikipedia kottke.org digs up a New York Times editorial from 1920 that pooh-poohs the very idea that a rocket could function in space, ridiculing Robert Goddard saying he lacks “the knowledge ladled out daily in high school.” In 1969, 49 years (!) later, they issued a correction: Further investigation and experimentation have confirmed the findings of Issac Newton …

Street Preachers

The Gospel.com blog has a post about the good, old-fashioned, bullhorn wielding street preacher: This method of spreading the Gospel doesn’t sit well with me. It’s always awkward and always uncomfortable. I find it rather telling that whenever I encounter someone like this the only people giving them serious attention are other Christians. Christians who are desperately attempting to ascertain …

Why You Shouldn’t Feel Bad About "File Sharing"

If you ever downloaded music for free in that (ahem) legal gray area know as “file sharing,” record company shills said you should be ashamed for stealing food out of the mouths of poor, struggling artists.  What you were really doing, though, was denying record companies the chance to steal food out of the mouths of poor, struggling artists.  Here’s …

Climate Comeuppance

I thought the recent “Climategate” (or “Climaquiddick” or whatever you want to call it) story was just as funny as the next guy.  Not just because I don’t like the prospect of paying $17 a gallon for gas or having a government functionary assigned to stand in my hallway and watch the setting on my home thermostat (“We’re expecting a …

The Left’s War on Science

Baseball Crank, in a comprehensive series of posts, catalogs the abuse, misuse, and fraud that is thick on the ground whenever the political left comes in close contact with science.  He touches on a wide variety of subjects, but of course he also mentions everybody’s favorite scientific scandal du jour, Climategate: …Climategate iswhat happens when scientists think nobody is looking, …

It’s a Man’s World…

…even more now than it used to be: Men, “Operation Feminist Movement” has worked, and more swiftly and completely than many of you thought possible. Mere decades ago, we spent endless hours and countless dollars before marriage courting and wooing; after marriage, we shouldered the entire financial burden for our families. Now, after marriage, women can be expected to pay …

Not Knowing When to Fold ‘Em

Terrance Watanabe, who made his fortune with the plastic crap distributorship Oriental Trading Company, blew $127 million of it in a year-long Las Vegas gambling binge: The run is believed to be one of the biggest losing streaks by an individual in Las Vegas history. It devoured much of Mr. Watanabe’s personal fortune, he says, which he built up over …

Pearl Harbor Day

From Reason magazine, “Every Day is a Bonus“:

Huckabee’s Decision

Mike Huckabee found himself some bad publicity after a man whose 95-year prison sentence he commuted shot and killed four police officers in Washington. Clearly, there are political implications for Huckabee, as you can tell from his blame-deflecting, damage-controlling statement on the issue, which basically says, “Boy, that lousy justice system sure did let us all down, huh?”  It sure …