I am afraid of beauty. In fact, it terrifies me. Lest you begin to feel sorry for me, this is the way I think it should be. At some raw and primeval level, I believe we are all terrified of beauty. I know some of you will completely disagree with me. You will be … More The Terror of Beauty
The country vs. city, white vs. black, millennials vs. the rest of the voting population, those who believed we were better off vs. those who felt things have gotten worse, struggling middle class vs. the rest…these are a few of the battle lines drawn between the two parties in the system vying for our attention. … More Why the Nation is Divided 50/50: National Identities and Political Factions
David Lee’s porn papers, NSFW: Not Safe For Watching, was posted a week ago on Burning Religion. It was to some degree, a counterpoint to my thoughts about the dual enslavement of pornography, which I used in my book Burning Religion as an example of how we become enslaved by our own beliefs and worldviews. … More The Porn Papers: counter response #1
The attached paper was sent to me by a friend. For reasons obvious, it is under a pseudonym. It provides a counterpoint to my critique of pornography as a dual enslavement (of both the “entertained” and the “entertainer”). I will respond with a counterpoint to the counterpoint, but for now, here is a well documented paper … More The Porn Papers: counterpoint to Burning Religion thoughts on porn
For those of you, who are worried about people falling into temptation and acting like a bunch of hedonists at Burning Man. Well yes, that does happen to some of the Christians who go to these crazy places. They end up getting stoned, or drinking too much. Typically they rebound, and keep their lives together. … More Christians at Burning Man? Isn’t that dangerous?
“The attachment to pornography creates the threat of slavery in two directions. The objectification of women through the obscene narratives of them as sex toys, objects of abuse and slaves is one tormenting and twisted half of the story. Yet the paper and pixel ladies stare back, and traumatize the viewer in return. They call … More The Dual Enslavement of Pornography
Paris police raid well over a hundred locations in search of at least two more terrorists from Friday’s attack. The UN calls for European nations to take in Syrian refugees, while the world is told that thousands of trained jihadists from the Daesh/IS have been smuggled in among the refugees. Russia confirms it was a bomb … More Paris, Syria, Russia & Charlie Sheen: a world worried about safety
When is enough enough? When is someone enough like their own minority group to be accepted as part of that group? Clarence Thomas and Condoleezza Rice have been called sell outs, or Uncle Toms, because a person can’t be Republican and Black in some circles…apparently. Now Caitlyn Jenner is met with protests everywhere, because she … More Caitlyn Jenner Caught in the Middle: trans, conservative, priviledged
This book project, which is the beginning of a series of theoretical works, is now in the pre-sale, fundraising stage. 24 hours ago, the Kickstarter project went live. Already over 25 books (both hard copy and ebook) have been sold and the minimum for this funding project is 43% completed. I had a publisher interested … More Burning Religion is live!
In the 80’s, misappropriation of funds, and sexual misconduct brought down the Jimmies (Bakker and Swaggert). In the 2010’s, Mark Driscoll has become the latest falling star of Evangelical Christianity. Like his predecessors before him, he has made the secular as well as the religious news. So a few short hours ago the Wall Street … More WSJ opinion post gets it wrong about Mark Driscoll
I am on a temporary reprieve from editing extremely dry law work. I am going to write this continuation of my thoughts on the hermeneutics of the erotic in a free flowing, rambling train of thought. Please do not hold me to these things too firmly. I may have lost my wits and sent them … More Purity Balls, Mark Driscoll and a Hermeneutic of the Obscene
The Bible is filled with erotic stories, erotic poetry, and even erotic prophetic imagery. The stories range from the criminal (the rape and murder of the Levite’s concubine, David’s adultery with Bathsheba and the murder of her husband), to the obscene (Lot’s daughters having sex with their drunken father, the member of the Corinthian Church … More When the Erotic and the Prophetic Collide: Green Man, sonnet #42