War is not a solution for terrorism

Howard Zinn once observed, "If a bomb is deliberately dropped on a house or a vehicle on the grounds that a "suspected terrorist" is inside . . . , the resulting deaths of women and children may not be intentional. But neither are they accidental. The proper description is "inevitable." So if an action will … Continue reading War is not a solution for terrorism

Kurt Vonnegut on Christless Christianity

Kurt Vonnegut, author of Slaughterhouse-Five, once observed, "For some reason, the most vocal Christians among us never mention the Beatitudes. But, often with tears in their eyes, they demand that the Ten Commandments be posted in public buildings. And of course that's Moses, not Jesus. I haven't heard one of them demand that the Sermon on … Continue reading Kurt Vonnegut on Christless Christianity

Gun worship

Gun bless America

I have gathered here a collection of comics and other images that challenge gun worship. Alan Redpath, a well-known British pastor and author, once defined idolatry this way: “Our god is the thing we think is the most precious. For whom we would make the most sacrifice. Who moves our hearts with the warmest love. … Continue reading Gun bless America

George Pell mural removed as deemed ‘offensive’

A mural featuring former Australian Catholic Archbishop George Pell in handcuffs and prison clothes, praying with a demonic figure leaning in over his shoulder, was removed this week because of complaints that it was 'offensive'. Really?! That's what people find offensive? What I find offensive are the crimes George Pell was convicted of: child sexual … Continue reading George Pell mural removed as deemed ‘offensive’

Love and do what thou wilt

“Love, and do what thou wilt.” It is a saying that I am familiar with from Aleister Crowley, the famous occultist. But it turns out the saying has a much more ancient and surprising origin. It comes from Saint Augustine in fact, from his Seventh Homily on the Letter of John. Here is the context: … Continue reading Love and do what thou wilt

How to detect racist theology

I am starting to wonder if the reason so many white Christians are in denial about the rising tide of racism in conservative Christianity is because they’re expecting that, if racism ever comes their way, it’s going to take the form of active justification for racism, and they don’t see much of that going on. … Continue reading How to detect racist theology