Did John Locke (yes, "America's philosopher") anticipate Krister Stendahl and the New Perspective on Paul by more than 300 years? It appears so.
John Hobbins has a suggestion for how to read the book of Proverbs. Hint: Proverbs, and the Bible for that matter, often states things the way they should be, not necessarily the way they are.
Ben Myers has a suggestion for how (not) to preach the parables. An excerpt:
"I still remember my own psychological response to these sermons. First, the parable would be told in all its starkness and simplicity: and I would feel my heart pounding in dread and anticipation at the challenge of Jesus’ words. Then, by the end of the sermon, all my fears would be alleviated – no need for alarm; God’s command isn’t so uncompromising; Jesus really demands nothing of me after all!"
For personal religious reasons, I will not say the Pledge of Allegiance. For other than religious reasons Alex Tabarrok thinks it's creepy. Gene Healy explains why. Further reason why I'll never say it or encourage my children to say it.
Now that I have a beloved son, this picture cracked me up:
An interactive map of U.S. troop levels around the world since 1960. We are pretty much everywhere.
For the record, Andrew Sullivan chronicles the 12 lies of Sarah Palin.
And I quote from the 2008 Republican Party platform:
"We do not support government bailouts of private institutions. Government interference in the markets exacerbates problems in the marketplace and causes the free market to take longer to correct itself."
John Cleese of Monty Python fame writes a poem for Sean Hannity.