Jared Witt l July 20, 2017
Just about every part of the Bible thinks that some other part of the Bible is wrong about something.
This was known for many centuries and no one made much of an effort to cover it up until very recently, specifically the turn of the 20th century, when some rather grumpy old killjoys decided that the whole Bible needed to be “inerrant” (something about teaching evolution in schools).
Until then, many Jews and Christians knew full well that there was no uniform biblical doctrine of everything.
Paul thought James was wrong about the need for good works in addition to faith in order to be saved. James thought Paul was wrong about faith without good works being any faith at all.
Jared Witt l July 13, 2017
“A rat in a maze is free to go anywhere, as long as it stays inside the maze.” –Margaret Atwood
I recently read Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale for the first time, before binge watching the TV series, in order to fulfill my nerdly obligation to tell everyone else how much better the book was (btw, I'm the worst).
From the Wikipedia page: "this is a 1985 dystopian novel by Canadian author Margaret Atwood. Set in a near-future New England, in a totalitarian, Christian theonomy that has overthrown the United States government, the novel explores themes of women in subjugation and the various means by which they gain individualism and independence."
Jared Witt l July 6, 2017
I had a security system installed in my house.
I was never really all that concerned about the things that a security system is meant to protect you from before. But now I am. Because I have it. The protection preceded the threat, as it seems to do so often in our world.
I never used to be anxious about the safety of my graveyard quiet nowheresville neighborhood. But now I have a persistent beeping always reminding me that I have everything to fear each time I open the garage door. And nothing can be at ease until I satiate the alarm with a secret passcode that only my wife and I know. I had the good sense at least to shut off the setting that had the imperious woman always shouting “front door” or “back door.” My blood pressure was having a hard time distinguishing between a psychoserialkillerterroristassassin breaching the perimeter of our little suburban fortress and my wife letting the dog out.
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