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Religious Knowledge Quiz

Relatives staying too long? Christmas tree lights breaking out of the box? Johnny Mathis starting to get on your nerves? If you need a break from all the holiday cheer, take the  US Religious Knowledge Quiz , sponsored by Pew. Afterwards, you can look up the results of the actual survey . . . . Continue Reading »

Duck. But No Cover

So I commented on Duck Dynasty below in a feverish fog and apparently in inexcusable ignorance.  Mr. Robertson’s comments included not only his views on homosexuality and sexual ethics but what seem to be incredibly stereotypically unenlightened white Southern views on the Civil . . . . Continue Reading »

A Significant Opinion

Earlier this year, I accepted an invitation to respond in a public forum to Kyle Duncan, a Becket Fund lawyer involved in the religious liberty cases currently addressing the provisions of the ACA. That experience turned me into something of a keen amateur legal eagle on this particular issue and, . . . . Continue Reading »

Been Down with My Cold of the Season

As has Rita (my wife).  And so your present may be a little late this year. Big issues facing our nation: 1. A Duck guy on the reality show was so realistic as to give his real view of homosexuality and Christian sexual ethics, not to mention his own vagina monologue.  When I . . . . Continue Reading »

First Links — 12.20.13

The Cultivation of Christmas Trees Casey N. Cep, Paris Review Bonhoeffer and His Brother Alexander Kazam, Wall Street Journal Calculating Christmas William J. Tighe, Touchstone Will Richard Florida Apologize? Alec MacGillis, New Republic Fathers of the Year Douglas Kearney, Poetry . . . . Continue Reading »

Sexual Desire and Justice

One of the deepest puzzles I find in the book of Genesis is its treatment of sexual desire and procreation. Whereas the man’s joy in his wife is an expression of the goodness of creation  that takes place before sin and death enter the story, the woman’s desire for her husband is mentioned . . . . Continue Reading »



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