Posted by: jadanzzy | May 1, 2009

Rest Stop (returns!)

Terry Eagleton: Lunging, Flailing, Mispunching (London Review)

Such is Dawkins’s unruffled scientific impartiality that in a book of almost four hundred pages, he can scarcely bring himself to concede that a single human benefit has flowed from religious faith, a view which is as a priori improbable as it is empirically false. The countless millions who have devoted their lives selflessly to the service of others in the name of Christ or Buddha or Allah are wiped from human history – and this by a self-appointed crusader against bigotry.

More Atheists Shout It From the Rooftops (NYTimes)

More than ever, America’s atheists are linking up and speaking out — even here in South Carolina, home to Bob Jones University, blue laws and a legislature that last year unanimously approved a Christian license plate embossed with a cross, a stained glass window and the words “I Believe” (a move blocked by a judge and now headed for trial).

The Velvet Reformation (The Atlantic)

More than the future of a church is at stake…In all this, the Anglican Communion is a dramatic testing ground, because it—alone among the churches—has sought to have it both ways: at once affirming traditional Christian notions of marriage and family, love and fidelity, and adapting them to the experiences of gay believers.

theology as world making… and world deconstructing (Notes From the Off Center)

Theology is the mental projection of trying to make sense of a world in which there is a sacred and sublime presence that continually tosses everything comfortable and predictable asunder and into disarray. It is a human construction to control that which is utterly alien to what we can fully grasp in our daily experience.

Doug Kmiec Is Right: Clergy Should Not Perform (Legal) Marriages (The New Christians)

Clergy and churches, on the other hand, should have no part in legally-binding contracts. Instead, religious professionals should bless and sanctify unions and partnerships that fit within their religious traditions as part of their sacerdotal functions.



  1. Why rest stop? Are these articles you should read in the bathroom?

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