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Greta Thurnberg’s Semi-slow Boat Upon the Stormy Seas
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K. William Huitt
Churches In the Hands of an Angry God
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Breaking Bad: Picard
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Weekend Plans Post: The Four Day Weekend
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Sunday Morning! Balzac’s Wild Ass’s Skin
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Ben Shapiro Works Those Feelings
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This One Really Hurts
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Saturday Morning Gaming: God Of War Completed
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The comments...

+ Oooh! I always love these questions! What difference would it make if he's *THIS* versus *THAT*? Like, if his answer is, "I'm an artist who makes designs [. . .]
AvatarPinky in reply to K. William Huitt
+ I don't think you captured the Catholic experience at all. Certainly not in worship. Catholic worship is centered on the Mass, and while [. . .]
+ I think that the assumption that helping one's group is co-extensive with helping oneself is, long-term, toxic. It may even be toxic in the short [. . .]
AvatarStormy Dragon in reply to Jaybird
+ I think the big mistake is the assumption that there are "charitable organizations" or "non-charitable organizations". Specific acts are charitable. Some organizations do [. . .]
AvatarDark Matter in reply to Mike Schilling
+ Weirdly that could be a serious option... although I expect they'd just rename one of them to avoid confusion. I assumed they communicated electronically and their [. . .]
AvatarAggregatVier in reply to Mike Schilling

Zathras understand. Besides only 10 types of people - those understand binary and those not.

AvatarDark Matter in reply to pillsy
+ ...Tasha Yar dies for no particularly sensible reason... Now that I liked. What they're doing is dangerous, having a character die randomly when they [. . .]
AvatarChip Daniels in reply to Dark Matter

"Are you part of the anti-crucifixion Judean People's Front?"

"No I'm part of the pro-crucifixion People's Front of Judea"

+ In response to a friend's "Did your Windows box barf on the most recent Microsoft update?" question, I fired up the VM early this morning [. . .]
AvatarDark Matter
+ “In order to find the answer, one must see American Christianity not as a religious institution per se, but as a composition of individuals [. . .]
AvatarMike Schilling
+ You see that guy over there? Now, he's an actor. The guy on the phone, he's a prize fighter. This lady over here, she's [. . .]
+ Can you provide a *SINGLE* example of charity that we couldn't wave away using this level of skepticism? (Note: The value of marginal dollars versus endorphins [. . .]
AvatarMarchmaine in reply to Jesse
+ A Solidarity movement would be a cure for both Trumpism and Identitarianism. If you don't grasp that, then you haven't even begun to grapple [. . .]
AvatarMike Schilling

When Christians support fiscal conservatism
No, they vote the opposite of that: Republican.

AvatarChip Daniels in reply to veronica d
+ Worth noting that Jesus' main criticism of society was their narrow and self serving focus on the law rather than justice, and in that he [. . .]
AvatarStormy Dragon
+ >>The evaluative system the Church has ignored in its own scripture is one formed by reflection on the Christian’s role as ambassador between God and [. . .]
AvatarMike Schilling in reply to George Turner

"Hi, I'm 11. This is my brother 01, and this is my other brother 01."

AvatarChip Daniels
+ As a lapsed Catholic turned lapsed Episcopalian I think this piece has a lot of truth to it. Particularly the thoughts on how churches tend to [. . .]
AvatarStormy Dragon in reply to Jaybird
+ >>If I pay a pastor to give marriage counseling to other people, is that charity? If he provides counseling to anyone without expecting renumeration, yes. If he [. . .]
+ "They *THINK* they're good but they're only helping *THEIR* *OWN* people! HA! Take that!" If I pay a therapist for marriage counseling, no one considers that [. . .]
AvatarStormy Dragon
+ >>Churches may do comparatively more for charity than other groups This is only true to the extent that church services to their own members count as [. . .]

It’s getting more and more difficult to find ones that don’t

+ Mike you’re speaking out of two sides of your mouth. In the first half you’re saying that not very many people fall prey to an [. . .]
AvatarEm Carpenter
+ I will go against the tide here and say that I appreciate the piece. I think it’s odd to pretend this is not a common [. . .]
AvatarMike Dwyer in reply to K. William Huitt
+ "Of course not all churches have vapid rock and roll worship services or youth ministries similar to the one I described." I think you mean to [. . .]
AvatarMike Dwyer in reply to K. William Huitt
+ You're talking about exceptions as though they are this slim thing. I would say they are the broader feature and you're criticizing the margins. "But, [. . .]
+ The “prosperity gospel” can be far more subtle than Joel Osteen, and far more pernicious than you’re giving it credit for. Of course not all [. . .]
+ The purpose is obviously to criticize Christians as a collective whole. There are exceptions to every generality. The fact that I have to acknowledge that, [. . .]
AvatarMike Dwyer in reply to K. William Huitt
+ This is probably the most relevant (and problematic) paragraph: 'Worship services commonly lack only LSD to complement the strobe lights, loud music, and dark smoky rooms [. . .]
+ Saul, as someone who has certainly been around the block getting to know various denominations and sects within Christianity, I really don’t understand what it [. . .]
+ Churches may do comparatively more for charity than other groups, but individual congregants are indiscernible from their non-Christian counterparts on a day to day basis. I [. . .]
AvatarMike Dwyer in reply to Saul Degraw

Co-signed. When Saul and I agree on, well, anything, I think it's safe to say the universe has spoken and this post is a stinker.

AvatarMike Dwyer
+ I'm not really sure what the intent of the post is other than to criticize Christians. The post makes some pretty lowbrow generalizations about Christians. [. . .]
AvatarSaul Degraw
+ What do you mean by Christian America and non-Christian America? As far as I can tell, Christian America here is narrow casted to various [. . .]
Avatarveronica d
+ This seems rather ahistorical to me, as Christianity has been oppressive through most of its history, not just the modern era. In fact, it is [. . .]
AvatarNorth in reply to Dark Matter
+ Actually that'd really be a fascinating paradigm shift for a Star Trek series to have. In general past Treks haven't really lingered at all on [. . .]
AvatarAggregatVier

Why argue about how bad Star Trek TNG is when you have The Expanse?

AvatarDark Matter in reply to pillsy
+ And who is going to crew those starships? Absolute fucking lunatics, that who. +1. And that explains so much... like why the rest of society [. . .]
AvatarJesse in reply to veronica d
+ I don't want it, but there is a segment of the population that wants socialism, but only for people like them. Marchmaine seems to want [. . .]
AvatarDark Matter in reply to pillsy
+ The following is speculation rather than informed judgement. If you're looking for flaws in the reasoning the easiest is to not view the New [. . .]
Avatarpillsy in reply to George Turner
+ "Code of Honor" is the worst, but the one where the preview promised that they were going to confront the Romulans but the episode was [. . .]
Avatarpillsy in reply to James K

Yeah that's an amazing moment from an amazing episode.

AvatarDamon
+ Good post. I liked DS9 more because it seemed more real. I especially remember when Sisco made a deal to sell some biomemetic [. . .]
+ Not yet. But! It was one of those things where I figured I'd beat the game then go back and do the side quests... then [. . .]
AvatarGeorge Turner in reply to North
+ That was completely silly. They just wanted to ship to look like it did something to go to warp, just like having X-wings go [. . .]
Avatarpillsy
+ Did you do the optional Valkyrie fights? Because beating the last one was perhaps the most awesome, "Holy shit I actually pulled that off!" experience [. . .]