In the mean time, I offer this miscellany:
- Just as this billboard has proven utterly unacceptable and offensive, I'm sure this one will probably get even more backlash from Christians:
- The stark contrast between love and hate is readily apparent at the Global Atheist Convention 2012. Which side are you on?
- I listened to a recent Fresh Air podcast where Terry Gross interviews anthropologist T.M. Luhrmann about her studies of the emerging evangelical denomination known as The Vineyard. Luhrmann describes how the church encourages its members to tap into their imaginations (yes they used that word) to develop a personal relationship with god. They would literally have a tea party with god, where it wouldn't be uncommon to set a place with a teacup and scones for god. In some ways it was a fascinating interview given the blatant self deception that is being practiced. Yet, at the same time, it was difficult to get through since Luhrmann refuses to acknowledge the patent absurdity of such practices, opting to maintain a more diplomatically academic distance to the madness. I may need to do a more thorough dissection of the interview because it really drove me mad at some points.