Democrats care about the issues, Republicans care about themselves.
A good cartoon.

Democrats care about the issues, Republicans care about themselves.

A good cartoon.

Random question

itschildoftheonetrueking:

secotm:

Has there been any explanation given why the New Testament needed four gospels? Nevermind the contradictions, why was it deemed necessary to tell Jesus’ life four different times instead of in one text?

My guess is it was a political move, different factions rallying to have their version included else they’d branch off to do their own thing.

The four Gospels were actually written for 4 different audiences, Matthew for the Jews, Mark for the Romans, Luke for the Greeks, and John for the Gentiles. Four Gospels also is a way of showing how important Jesus’ life was. 

Four different audiences? That makes the Bible seem… parochial. Intended only for the people of that time period and not after. If this is the divinely inspired word of God why isn’t it timeless? (Or consistent?) Why isn’t it just one truth, one singular narrative?

And as someone else pointed out you have the other gospels that weren’t included, so I don’t see how these four gospels indicate the importance of Jesus’ life (not important enough to get the details right, though; yes I am harping on the contradictions).

Random question

Has there been any explanation given why the New Testament needed four gospels? Nevermind the contradictions, why was it deemed necessary to tell Jesus’ life four different times instead of in one text?

My guess is it was a political move, different factions rallying to have their version included else they’d branch off to do their own thing.

secotm:

Regardless of how they phrase it Republicans just want to deny women health care and beat immigrants like pinatas, and the Democrats’ election strategy should include calling out such bullshit.
A good cartoon.

Realized at work today: beating people like a pinata is probably the closest Republicans can come to Hispanic outreach.

secotm:

Regardless of how they phrase it Republicans just want to deny women health care and beat immigrants like pinatas, and the Democrats’ election strategy should include calling out such bullshit.

A good cartoon.

Realized at work today: beating people like a pinata is probably the closest Republicans can come to Hispanic outreach.

Regardless of how they phrase it Republicans just want to deny women health care and beat immigrants like pinatas, and the Democrats’ election strategy should include calling out such bullshit.
A good cartoon.

Regardless of how they phrase it Republicans just want to deny women health care and beat immigrants like pinatas, and the Democrats’ election strategy should include calling out such bullshit.

A good cartoon.

When I saw Noah last week there was a trailer for the Heaven is For Real movie. A significant part of it was the child telling people “I saw so-and-so in heaven and they were happy.”

Has there ever been an occurrence where someone had an out-of-body experience, seeing themselves in heaven, and when they “came back” someone asked them “Did you see my father/grandmother/sister?” and the person responded “No. They must be in hell.”?

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And I just need to throw this out there: the entire premise of Heaven is For Real hinges on the idea that children

a) have no imagination and can’t conceive of things that don’t exist

b) can’t learn things their parents aren’t aware they know

and c) can’t be led to give answers people want to hear, or what the child thinks the person wants to hear.

Has there ever been a story that demanded a greater suspension of disbelief? I can accept vampire movies because while vampires don’t exist a vampire story will have internal consistency and so long as you can accept the base premise ‘vampires exist in the world of this story’ things still make sense.

But this? The idea that a child is incapable of lying or making shit up or misremembering something is so much harder to accept than vampires.

I didn’t have a dog in the Suey Park/Cancel Colbert fight, but I think the reaction to it (from all sides) and Park’s nonsensical Salon interview highlights how activism in the internet age needs to get past the idea that drawing attention to an issue is the only thing that matters. Lots of Tumblr slacktivists like to complain about people from their side being criticized for tone or ‘not getting’ jokes, thinking that conversations about racism, sexism, etc. should be about racism, sexism, etc. instead of whether Colbert’s joke or Penny Arcade’s dickwolves matter as individual entities.

The problem is that by giving any opening to claims of ‘not getting the joke’ or other dismissals they are allowing the conversation to be redirected from what they want to talk about. And it’s happened so many times, so often now, that no one has the right to claim surprise when the entire cottage industry of people opposed to whoever they view to be “social justice warriors” (a term they use pejoratively) seizes upon an opening to play down or outright deny that something is racist, sexist, etc. in the first place.

In other words, Park’s going after a comedian for a joke she didn’t like was so predictably met with “Don’t you get the joke?” that the outrage against the anti-SJW crowd is laughably naive.

Is it possible to start any conversation about racism, sexism, etc. without someone (intentionally or otherwise) misunderstanding what you’ve said? No. But being aware of how easily conversations can be veered down an unintended path should become… I can’t say ‘mandatory,’ but it’s something anyone who wants to post about social issues on Tumblr or elsewhere should keep in mind.

How you present your case matters, not just what your case is. 

Makes just as much sense as a stereotypical New Yorker cartoon.

Makes just as much sense as a stereotypical New Yorker cartoon.

The “God hardened Pharaoh’s heart” part of Exodus was one of the first things to drive me away from the idea that the God of the Bible was good or just. I’m not surprised it’s always glossed over in tellings of the story (much like the implication that babies died during Noah’s flood), and here DarkMatter2525 lays out just how hypocritical and self-serving God is in the entire Exodus account.

Also: wasn’t the Pharaoh of Egypt a firstborn son? Presumably, at least?

Corporate welfare and the military-industrial complex (represented as the two rats here) are a giant waste of tax dollars.
A good cartoon.

Corporate welfare and the military-industrial complex (represented as the two rats here) are a giant waste of tax dollars.

A good cartoon.