Zen and the Art of Zen and the Art of Books
Anything can be done gracefully. Consider: one can peel an orange such that the rind is removed in a single, spiraling helix of citrus. Or, one can carelessly stab at the rind with stubby fingers, extracting chunk by little chunk, ending up sticky and frustrated. Similarly, one can write a Zen and the Art of…
A Crime Against Fertility
Dearest Daughter, I can only hope this message reaches you safely. After the Government tossed me into an Unmarked Van I was taken to this Place. I know not where it is, only that it’s rather Old-Fashioned and the People are Garbed Accordingly. They said I am guilty of a Crime Against Fertility. I am…
The Condition of the Possibility of Being Post-Christian Christian
All you emergent-church lovers and haters out there, you’ll love this. (H/t Fr. Bill.)
Laughing for Pakistanis
Comedian Aasif Mandvi, correspondent for Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, began last night’s “Stand Up for Religious Freedom” at Comix on W. 14th Street in New York (previously blogged by Jess) reflecting on things he missed as a kid growing up Muslim. “Santa Claus. Bacon Bits.” (Pause, the critical tool of the comic.) “Seeing my…
Bono Can Kill You Just By Clapping His Hands
A friend who is an administrator at a progressive church writes me that U2 is in her town this weekend and that the buzz is making her crabby. I understand. It really is a miracle that the band has somehow maintained its reputation for righteousness even as it carts the biggest, most expensive concert set…
Wikipedia: Pat Robertson Is Hilarious
Quick, before it gets taken down: there’s a fun piece of Wikipedia graffiti on the Pat Robertson entry.
Obama’s Nobel: A Jewish Conspiracy to Combat Space Nazis
At last, someone presents a justification for Obama’s Nobel Prize I can get behind: Fighting Nazis on the moon.
Stuff White Evangelicals Like
Have you always wanted to get into the Stuff White People Like craze, but you can’t because you don’t relate to its implicit godless secular humanism? Well, maybe this one’s for you. Since August of last year, this recovering evangelical in Seattle, a preacher’s kid married to a preacher’s kid, has been tallying a list…