Here’s my Twitter survey question posted this morning. Is there still a place for the General Lee in pop culture memory or should we do away with images of the Confederate flag once and for all? Let me know your thoughts below. Given the car's prominent placement of the infamous Confederate flag, an image of slavery […]
Every community has controversies they don’t teach (or even tolerate)
The Atheist Missionary replied to my post on Mike Licona and academic freedom as follows: “Licona’s experience is precisely why I am so dubious of relying on the opinion of Biblical scholars whose tenure is tied to adhering to the tenets of any particular religion.” Walter then chimed in: “Ditto. This is why I am […]
First they came for Michael Licona
A few months back I blogged in defense of one of evangelical Christianity’s leading apologists and academics, Michael Licona. Why? The poor chap actually had the temerity to raise probing, intellectually honest questions about the historicity of Matthew 27:51-54. Once the hounds of inerrancy caught poor Mike’s scent they started braying and the chase was on. For weeks […]
Who would vandalize an atheist bus ad?
The Christian Post recently reported that the Central Arkansas Coalition of Reason won a court case to post atheist messages on the sides of Little Rock’s city buses. But wait a minute. Why did they need to win a court case to do it? Apparently there was significant opposition. Some of the reluctance came from the […]
Gratuitious sex, violence and swearing at the movies? The debate continues
In “How many ‘F’ words in a film is TOO many?” I critiqued Michael Medved (nineteen years after the fact) and the moralistic-checklist cultural criticism that he and his culture war ilk represent. (Whew, that’s a mouthful.) Brad Haggard responded as follows: Randal, I think I know what you’re saying, but i still am somewhat […]
How many ‘F’ words in a film is TOO many?
It has been nineteen years since conservative commentator and film critic Michael Medved published the bestseller Hollywood vs. America: Popular Culture and the War on Traditional Values (HarperCollins, 1992), a book that made him a hero for “family values” conservatives across North America. While Medved made some valid points about the debasedness of some pop […]