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Damn It All: A Meditation on Hell

Stephen Greenblatt New York Review of Books
Charting the origins of the Christian idea of a vast underground realm where the souls of sinners were hauled to suffer eternal punishments by fiends, the author walks readers through a panoply of sadistic fantasies long considered revealed truths.

Bob Dylan: With God on Our Side

Bob Dylan's memorable 1988 Live Oakland performance of With God on Our Side made into a historical / lyric video.

People of Faith Confront the Border

Sarah LaWall Our Future
Two thousand years ago, a young mother and father fled for their lives and left everything behind for the safety of their child. Their names were Mary and Joseph.

Yes, There Is a War Between Science and Religion

Jerry Coyne The Conversation
In the end, it’s irrational to decide what’s true in your daily life using empirical evidence, but then rely on wishful-thinking and ancient superstitions to judge the “truths” undergirding your faith.

Dialectics of Christmas

Fred Halliday Verso Blog
A vintage holiday treat from the UK's Black Dwarf, Christmas 1969*, where the author analyzes the dialectic of Christmas in which the desire for happiness is marshaled into a tool of subjection (and alcoholic oblivion).

Friday Nite Videos | December 14, 2018

Portside
Five movies for the holidays: First Reformed | Movie. If Beale Street Could Talk. "Bisbee '17" | Documentary. Minding the Gap | Documentary. Amazing Grace | Documentary.

First Reformed | Movie

A drama written and directed by Paul Schrader, starring Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried and Cedric the Entertainer. Rev. Toller struggles with the temptation to destroy himself and the church he pastors in upstate New York with a suicide vest from Iraq.

Grassroots Uprising in Amish Country Begins to Find Meaning in Politics

Ryan Grim The Intercept
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania might be called Trump Country. It is rural and deeply religious, went solidly for Republicans in 2016, as it had consistently in years past. After Trump’s election we knew we needed a protest and an electoral movement.
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