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Catholic Art is Satanic?

I saw this article, titled Satanic Art in Catholic Church Exposed, a few days ago at the Worldnutdaily and made a note to write about it. The article details a new documentary called Rape of the Soul that claims that throughout the history of the Church, artists have been subliminally encoding “satanic and occultic imagery”…

Neufeld on Slavery and the Bible

My old friend Henry Neufeld has written a response to all of our discussion of slavery and the Bible, as I actually hoped he would. Henry is a Hebrew scholar, a Christian and the director of the Pacesetter’s Bible Institute in Florida. He was among the first people I encountered online about 13 or 14…

Mark Olson on Slavery and the Bible

Mark Olson has written a response – well, kind of – to my post about slavery and the Bible. It’s not really a response so much as it is a sneer in my general direction, and a highly inaccurate one at that. He makes no attempt to actually answer my arguments except for a relatively…

Slavery and the Bible, Take 2

Eric Seymour has written a response to my post on slavery and the Bible and takes the often-stated position that Biblical slavery wasn’t like modern slavery. He writes: But we also must bear in mind that the slavery which existed in the times and cultures in which the Scriptures were written was not the same…

Slavery and the Bible

In a thread down lower, totally unrelated to this subject, slavery and the Bible came up and David Heddle made a comment that I want to reply to in full here. I want to move this up because I think this is a really important issue and, for me, it was hugely important. It was…

God’s Latest Punishment

There’s never any shortage of people ready to claim that the latest disaster or problem is God’s punishment on us for this or that. Here’s the latest, brought to my attention by Jason Kuznicki. An outbreak of deadly bird flu in Israel is God’s punishment for calls in election ads to legalize gay marriages, according…

“War on Christians” Conference

There’s a conference coming up in Washington DC the end of this month to discuss the “War on Christians”. You gotta love this kind of over the top rhetoric: Conference convener Vision America says “The War On Christians And The Values Voter in 2006″ will be the first “to consider the savage and accelerating” attacks…

Perhaps the most amusing and ridiculous pop culture phenomenon of our times is the Kabbalah fad currently gathering more of Hollywood’s most shallow every day. Britney Spears, Roseanne, Demi Moore and, of course, Madonna, are all converts to this vague, new agey version of Jewish mysticism. Jewsweek has a funny article up about it that…

Mel Gibson and his Father’s Churches

Fox News is reporting that Mel Gibson has spent $5 million to set up a foundation to build churches for the very strange quasi-Catholic offshoot sect that he and his father belong to. Mel has tried to publicly distance himself from his father’s bizarre views – he’s a holocaust denier, among other things – but…

Religion and Sports

So I’m flipping channels last night and I come across TBN, the Christian TV network, where they’re interviewing members of the two Super Bowl teams who are Christians to get their witness. And Jeff Hartings, center for the Steelers, makes this statement: I know that God didn’t bring me to the Super Bowl one year…