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Forum: Diavlog comments 05-15-2011, 07:47 PM
Replies: 184
Views: 24,811
Posted By JuliaInIA
Re: An Intimidating Level of Magnitude (Robert Wright & Henry Farrell)

There IS a left-wing counterpart to the Tea Party; it just doesn't get any coverage! Look for news about "showdown in Ohio," e.g.
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-14-2010, 04:07 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 8,228
Posted By JuliaInIA
Re: Values Added: Reinhold Niebuhr Edition (Peter Beinart & Daniel Schultz)

Great discussion. Of course it's difficult for liberal Christians to be public intellectuals, because they're respectful of the diversity of our society. It's the conservatives who want this to be...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-02-2010, 02:39 PM
Replies: 178
Views: 34,087
Posted By JuliaInIA
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-28-2010, 07:38 PM
Replies: 178
Views: 34,087
Posted By JuliaInIA
Re: Values Added: Progressive Christianity (David Gushee & Peter Laarman)

Oh God, drive me nuts. Progressive Christians have been here all along, but we're hard to lampoon so you ignore us.
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-28-2010, 07:36 PM
Replies: 178
Views: 34,087
Posted By JuliaInIA
Re: Values Added: Progressive Christianity (David Gushee & Peter Laarman)

Well, we do. But you intellectual atheists just pay attention to the loud guys who make Christians look bad.
Forum: Diavlog comments 06-10-2009, 10:17 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 17,990
Posted By JuliaInIA
Re: Forlorn Wilderness Dwellers (Brink Lindsey & David Frum)

Mmm. Or why immigrants without documents don't get college degrees. Unless Congress passes the DREAM Act. It's not lack of motivation or a poor work ethic that's stopping them.
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-28-2009, 03:31 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 43,356
Posted By JuliaInIA
Re: Cowardly Americans Edition (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)

Thank you for making that point that wars and conflicts are not really about religion! It's so obvious, but people just glom onto that notion completely uncritically, even though they themselves...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-23-2009, 08:48 AM
Replies: 324
Views: 82,241
Posted By JuliaInIA
Re: The difference between why and how

I agree. I thought if Eliezer had just let Adam finish his thoughts and responded to what he was really saying, it would have been truly interesting. Instead, Eliezer just kept shooting down straw...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-05-2009, 03:12 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 34,151
Posted By JuliaInIA
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-05-2009, 03:10 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 34,151
Posted By JuliaInIA
Re: Things Learned From Reading Every Single Word of the Bible

Of course I think I'm right. Actually I know I see "through a glass darkly," but I have to have something to work with until we see face to face. Does that make sense? I mean, if I thought it was...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-05-2009, 02:52 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 34,151
Posted By JuliaInIA
Re: Things Learned From Reading Every Single Word of the Bible

I know, I know. I know that people bring their own prejudices to the texts, and that they cherry-pick without being conscious or honest about their filters. I guess I want to say that interactions...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-05-2009, 09:08 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 34,151
Posted By JuliaInIA
Re: Things Learned From Reading Every Single Word of the Bible

Oh sorry, I forgot to talk about "truth" in my disquisition above. Well, think of Pandora's box. Nobody thinks there was a Pandora or a box, but we all know that the world is rife with all manner...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-05-2009, 08:57 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 34,151
Posted By JuliaInIA
Re: Things Learned From Reading Every Single Word of the Bible

Fair enough. I choose to regard the scriptures as authoritative in a way that other texts aren't because they're the stories told by and to my community. So, for example, when Jesus declines to...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-04-2009, 09:29 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 34,151
Posted By JuliaInIA
Re: Things Learned From Reading Every Single Word of the Bible

No, you don't have to believe those things. But I'm not trying to persuade you to be a Christian; I'm sure you're doing just fine. All I'm saying (or at least what I started out to say) is that Bob...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-04-2009, 09:24 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 34,151
Posted By JuliaInIA
Re: Things Learned From Reading Every Single Word of the Bible

No, you don't have to believe those things. But I'm not trying to persuade you to be a Christian; I'm sure you're doing just fine. All I'm saying (or at least what I started out to say) is that Bob...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-04-2009, 05:29 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 34,151
Posted By JuliaInIA
Re: Things Learned From Reading Every Single Word of the Bible

Well, thanks, you guys. (the Boys too) Uncle Eb, I just don't think you have to be a fundamentalist to be a Christian (or a Jew, but I'm a Christian pastor). I don't know why you have to think the...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-03-2009, 10:43 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 34,151
Posted By JuliaInIA
Re: Things Learned From Reading Every Single Word of the Bible

Yes, exactly. And also David's story is simply put out there for us to turn over and ponder and laugh at and cry about, just to add to our repertoire of experiences of life in the presence of God.
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-03-2009, 10:41 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 34,151
Posted By JuliaInIA
Re: Things Learned From Reading Every Single Word of the Bible

To take your second question first, historical veracity isn't important. The story that gets told is what's important. (Did Lincoln free the slaves? History is only part of that story.) To take...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-03-2009, 03:47 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 34,151
Posted By JuliaInIA
Re: Things Learned From Reading Every Single Word of the Bible

Yeah, okay, and another thing. So how is it that the adulterous David, having pleaded unsuccessfully for his son's life and then gotten up and gone back to his king job, is NOT a great sermon or...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-03-2009, 03:40 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 34,151
Posted By JuliaInIA
Re: Things Learned From Reading Every Single Word of the Bible

To say that religion is supposed to explain things the way science explains things is to miss the point. Religion is about meaning. Who was it, maybe Bultmann, who said that the point is not...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-06-2009, 03:06 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 18,689
Posted By JuliaInIA
Re: The Prodigal Nation

The devil is in the details. While I appreciate Andrew Bacevich's concrete example of restitution to Afghanis by allowing them to move to the US, everybody should know what a rotten time refugees...
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