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If you want to prove you don't hate gays, all you have to do is worship at their feet

"I have never in my life encountered a religion as oppressive, cold, and stiff as Progressivism."

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posted 7 / 22 / 2014
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The Virtue of Unread Books
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posted 7 / 21 / 2014
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Why Young Kids Should Learn to Use Dangerous Things
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posted 7 / 21 / 2014
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And I get turned around
And I mistake my happiness for blessing
And I’m blessed as the poor
Still I judge success by how I’m dressing

Caedmons Call - Faith My Eyes

This album is 15 years old, but these words still get me.

(via suchtango)

Some of my favorite lyrics of all time.

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posted 7 / 14 / 2014
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photojojo:

The legendary Magnum photographer Inge Morath dedicated a large portion of her work to capturing intimate photos of life along the Danube river.

Beginning this week, 8 female photographers who’ve won the Inge Morath Award are retracing her journey along the Danube for 5 weeks.

Retracing Inge Morath’s Journey Along the Danube River

via The Click

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posted 7 / 13 / 2014
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But wait, some will object: You can’t reduce contemporary American liberalism to the illiberal outbursts of loudmouthed activists, intemperate journalists, foolish undergraduates, and reckless Ivy League professors!

To which the proper response is: True!

Still, I wonder: Where have been all the outraged liberals taking a stand against these and many other examples of dogmatism — and doing so in the name of liberalism? I’ve been doing that in my own writing. And I’ve appreciated the occasional expressions of modest support from a handful of liberal readers. But what about the rest of you?

Damon Linker. I’ve been wondering the same thing. How many Americans are there who, while liberal themselves, don’t think it’s a good idea to try to drive religious believers altogether out of the public sphere? If a significant number of them remain, they are very, very quiet. (via ayjay)
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posted 7 / 11 / 2014
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Dang.

Dang.

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posted 7 / 11 / 2014
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Anonymous said: Why do a lot of liberals think they should get everything for free?

redbloodedamerica:

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Haha, reblogged for the gif.

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posted 7 / 11 / 2014
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A straw man can be a very convenient property, after all. I can see why a plenteously contented, drowsily complacent, temperamentally incurious atheist might find it comforting—even a little luxurious—to imagine that belief in God is no more than belief in some magical invisible friend who lives beyond the clouds, or in some ghostly cosmic mechanic invoked to explain gaps in current scientific knowledge. But I also like to think that the truly reflective atheist would prefer not to win all his or her rhetorical victories against childish caricatures. I suppose the success of the books of the ‘new atheists’—which are nothing but lurchingly spasmodic assaults on whole armies of straw men—might go some way toward proving the opposite. Certainly, none of them is an impressive or cogent treatise, and I doubt posterity will be particularly kind to any of them once the initial convulsions of celebrity have subsided. But they have definitely sold well. I doubt that one should make much of that, though. The new atheists’ texts are manifestoes, buoyantly coarse and intentionally simplistic, meant to fortify true unbelievers in their unbelief; their appeal is broad but certainly not deep; they are supposed to induce a mood, not encourage deep reflection; and at the end of the day they are probably only a passing fad in trade publishing, directed at a new niche market.

David Bentley Hart, The Experience of God. Reading Hart is such a … bracing thing. Sort of like knocking back a tumbler of white lightning. (via ayjay)

FTW.

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posted 7 / 10 / 2014
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Is Same-Sex Parenting Better for Kids? The New Australian Study Can’t Tell Us

Well, that didn’t take long:

And:

Another reason for healthy skepticism is that the ACHESS participants—parents reporting about their children’s lives—are all well aware of the political import of the study topic, and an unknown number of them certainly signed up for that very reason. As a result, it seems unwise to trust their self-reports, given the high risk of “social desirability bias,” or the tendency to portray oneself (or here, one’s children) as better than they actually are. Again, it is impossible to know exactly how much of a problem such bias presents in this situation. But I think the temptation to report positive assessments could be elevated in this self-selected sample and on this sensitive topic.

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posted 7 / 10 / 2014
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raggedypaperman:

if anyone ever asks me what tumblr is i’m gonna show them this video and just walk away

EVERYONE BE OFFENDED

Brilliant.

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posted 7 / 9 / 2014
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Scientists discover that atheists might not exist, and that’s not a joke

suchtango:

"Cognitive scientists are becoming increasingly aware that a metaphysical outlook may be so deeply ingrained in human thought processes that it cannot be expunged."

This won’t come as a surprise to anyone who’s read Alvin Plantinga or Francis Schaeffer, thinkers who made a big deal of presuppositional apologetics. We all worship something; it might not look like the standard caricatures and expressions of Religion, but it’s religion nonetheless.

Heh. I always enjoy reading about bewildered, navel-gazing scientists.

So can we agree that “the science is settled”?

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posted 7 / 9 / 2014
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Meet the B Siders: Celibate LGBTQ Christians

An interesting read.

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posted 7 / 7 / 2014
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redbloodedamerica:

You don’t have to go into debt to go to college.  This is a great explanation rooted in common sense and reality.

Fantastic advice. By the time my kids are grown, I expect the education bubble will have popped and it will be more socially acceptable to pursue valuable education through scores of channels.

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posted 7 / 7 / 2014
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A Company Liberals Could Love

The entire conflict between religious liberty and cultural liberalism has created an interesting situation in our politics: The political left is expending a remarkable amount of energy trying to fine, vilify and bring to heel organizations — charities, hospitals, schools and mission-infused businesses — whose commitments they might under other circumstances extol.

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posted 7 / 7 / 2014
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