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Jeremiah Lawson

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Moby Dick became a classic in the early 20th century but in its time it was considered a weird, crazy fluke from Melville. In a way … Moby Dick is a classic because amidst all the Transcendentalist writing from the 19th century Melville’s work came to be recognized as anti-transcendentalist. People suck, they don’t necessarily […]

Catholics that Protestants read

don’t all Reformed types already read Chesterton? :) Jesse, my hunch is that most Protestants don’t think about the Orthodox at all by and large and those that do consider them distinct from Catholicism since the schism … or maybe I’m just speaking for myself.

Roy Baumeister once wrote that shame was one of the under-appreciated emotions in the 20th century

There’s such a thing as a lot of bad kinds of shame but in his book on violence and aggression Baumeister wrote that shame had probably the most important pre-emptive role in curbing human violence and aggression. Take away fear and shame and you may think you’re doing humanity a favor but you’re taking away […]

The thread re: Jones is pretty astonishing.  Not sure what else to even say about that at the moment.

if you’re talking about the institution and not the formal head then, sure, that flies past the technical rule of “no driscoll”. Which is something a couple of us have been trying to persuade people about the importance of for a few years. Bill, the charismatic movement was a second wave offshoot of Pentecostalism (former […]

I suppose at least a couple of folks at the BHT know that when I express doubts about hashtag activism it’s not because I don’t think the internet can be used to bring attention to things.

when the right hand hashtagged what the left hand was doing …

it might seem a bit weird for some to do hashtags and twitter activism because in addition to not necessarily doing a ton (depending on the setting) it could be construed as doing a good thing so as to be noticed by others. Or at least, Randy, that’s my suggestion/guess as to what can seem […]

re the Pressfield fundamentalism quote … reminds me not just of religious fundamentalists but of the New Atheists. It might just be how I perceived things but it seemed that New Atheism cropped up in partial reaction to what some feared as an actually politically potent Religious Right. But as for the “freedom” stuff, …. […]

re cults of personality

yep, that’s what has taken hold in a lot of places.  When evangelicalism is so big tent it doesn’t necessarily imply anything about confessional identity the personalities will dominate. But even though I don’t much dig John Piper he is at least Baptist so in theory there’s an ecclesiological tradition that can allow for something […]

i lurk here a lot but obviously hardly ever contribute. I’ve been busy enough in other settings that actually posting here is rare. Plus it’s not always certain that after drafting a comment it’s a sure thing it’ll post.  Some of the regulars may have some idea why I’ve hardly participated in the last couple […]