Roger Ebert on the happy occasions of when religions correct their more hateful and fear-inducing trends.
Speaking of religion, if your blasphemy meters register at a low level, you might not wanna click here, but for everyone else who thought that superheroes (particularly Spider-Man) could’ve done some major help in the Bible, there’s this. (h/t to Wasp Jerky Kevin via FB)
Seth Godin wrote a prescient piece on the power of the organized. (It wasn’t all about the economy, y’know.)
And, lastly, Jesus Creed-er John Frye does the woman at the well with a Fundie Jesus (Startled, Jesus said, “How is it that you, a Samaritan, ask me, a Jew, for a drink?”), an Emergent-Talking Jesus (A Samaritan woman-”the other to the second power”-approached the community’s gathering space, carrying the symbol of her status in a harsh patriarchal culture.), an Oprah Jesus (Today’s show will feature a Samaritan woman whose story you just have to hear. Her’s is a story of heartbreak and shame, of isolation and pending hopelessness. I’ve invited her to come and tell us some of her story.), and a Sopranos Jesus:
Jesus: Whattaya mean you ain’t got no man? You got a man. Oh, yeah, you gotta man. You’ve had Vinnie, Rocco, Stephany, Michael, and Bracco. And now you livin’ with Tony. Am I right?
Woman (shocked): How’d ya know?! You got some snitch in town? You got no right to go snoopin’ ’round in my life.
h/t to Scot McKnight
God in our own image indeed.