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fuckyeah-nerdery:

nico-hulkenbutt:

THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND HAS VOTED TO ALLOW WOMEN BISHOPS FUCK YES.

They’re catching up with the Episcopal Church in the U.S. Their archbishop is a woman. :P

I fully expect a series of “The Bishop of Dibley” starring Dawn French

chop chop BBC

Collectively as a nation, as Christians, and as human beings, we have failed the least of these. Rather than caring for these children at the border, we don’t know what to do, engulfed by partisan hypocrisy, we are even unable to treat them with basic human dignity. Jesus is at our doorstep, and we have slammed the door in his face. Each of us should be ashamed of our inability to act. Financial cost or political points should no longer matter—but rather as Christians, we should do what the Gospel compels us to do and answer the call by caring for the children who have arrived at our front door.

shadowstep-of-bast:

carpeumbra:

No you don’t understand how frustrated I am that we always depicted the Apostles as old men, especially when it comes to during-Jesus-alive stuff.

They were probably late teens to early 20s, given the time and the description and some Biblical passages.

They were not ancient old men with long ass beards and wrinkles at the Last Supper.

They were young adult rebels with a cause.

where my punk-rock apostles at

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mellarkish:

"birth control violates religious beliefs" yea ok but remember that thing called the separation of church and state

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If evangelical Christian leaders want to remain in power, they would be wise to listen to some of the younger members of their churches, many of whom feel the same way about the pick-and-choose battles as we do. But they won’t. And those younger Christians will have no choice but to leave their churches if they want to avoid the negative association.
The New Testament never — not one time — applies the “Christian” label to a business or even a government. The tag is applied only to individuals. If the Bible is your ultimate guide, the only organization one might rightly term “Christian” is a church. And this is only because a church in the New Testament is not a building or a business, but a collection of Christian individuals who have repented, believed on Christ, and are pursuing a life of holiness. Journalists or cultural commentators might use the phrase “Christian business” in colloquial or cultural terms, but conservative evangelicals must admit that the term makes no theological sense for them given their views of salvation, sanctification, and revelation.
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timelordparadise:

So a while back in Adelaide we had a bunch of preachers who’d go and set up and preach really loudly to crowds at bus stops

Then we had this guy

I have seen the light

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minorfallandthemajorlift:

Kiki Smith - Lilith, 1994 - Bronze, silicon, and glass.

“In medieval Jewish lore, Lilith was Adam’s first wife.  When she demanded to be Adam’s equal, she was evicted from the Garden of Eden.  Lilith flew away to the demon world, replaced by the more submissive Eve.  Smith catches us off guard with Lilith’s pose and placement.  Most sculptures receive our gaze passively, but Lilith stares back with piercing brown eyes, ready to pounce.”

hella dope

THANK YOU

my mother told me this story over and over when I was little

"Always be Lilith, never Eve"

"Always be Lilith, never Eve"

Ever since reading about her story when I was younger, I never sought to be Eve again.

Lilith is the one men fear. Because Lilith knows she does not need men to validate her existence.

THIS SCULPTURE IS AWESOME, THE LILITH STORY IN GENERAL IS AWESOME, but, uh, I would feel remiss if I did not take the time to point this out: the story of Eve is not one where a woman chooses to be subservient to a man. Like. At all.

Here, in brief, is the story of Eve: God creates heaven and earth, blah blah, animals, trees, blah blah, man in God’s image blah, Adam blah blah, don’t eat from the Tree of Knowledge blahhhhhhhh. Then one day Adam is all, “Hey God, I finished naming all the animals and plants and everything weeks ago, I’m bored as shit down here — see, shit, that’s a word I made up for the stuff that comes out of butts, I’m bored enough down here to name the butt stuff.” So God’s like, “Ugh, whatever, I’ll make you a friend out of something, you’re not using all your ribs, are you?” and creates Eve. And Eve and Adam? Yeah, the text doesn’t label them anything but equals during their time in the garden. Literally 100% of the description of their relationship, at the beginning, is:

The man said, “This is now bone of my bones, And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man.” For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed. (GENESIS 2.23) 

Now, I grant you, it’s not the most ideal situation I’ve ever heard described, feminism-wise, but like. They are both naked, and neither is ashamed. There is no suggestion here that Eve was originally created to be subservient to Adam. Which will be important. In a second. 

SO right back to the story, Adam and Eve hang out in the garden for awhile and this serpent is all, “Hey Eve, how about some fruit,” and Eve is like, “Sure, what kind of fruit you want, it’s the Garden of Eden, we’ve got literally every kind of fruit there is,” and the serpent is all, “You know that one fruit on that one tree that is the only thing in the entire garden we’re not supposed to eat,” and Eve is like, “Balls.”

And then the serpent comes at her with like, moral relativism and liberal arts college theology major shit, all, “But why would God put the tree there with a big sign on it that said NOT THIS TREE DEFINITELY DON’T EAT THE STUFF ON THIS TREE THIS TREE RIGHT HERE SEE THIS IT IS THE FORBIDDEN TREE DON’T YOU EAT OF IT if he didn’t, secretly, totally want us to eat of it?” (Real talk: I am with him on this one.) So, whatever, okay, you all know this part of the story, Eve eats some fruit, and it’s the Tree of Knowledge so she gets all this knowledge about good & evil & everything, and then she convinces Adam to eat some fruit and get some knowledge too. And then God notices them like, hiding behind fig leaves and giggling about how they both have genitals (the Tree of Maturity it is not), and gets real pissed and kicks them out, the end. 

EXCEPT. The reason I am bothering to type this out (not to mention google biblical excerpts like I’m 13 and studying for my Bat Mitzvah again) is that. As punishment? For eating of the Tree of Knowledge, and convincing Adam to do so also? God curses Eve with the pain of childbirth, and with being subservient to Adam. I mean, literally, this is what it says: 

To the woman [God] said, “I will greatly multiply Your pain in childbirth, In pain you will bring forth children; Yet your desire will be for your husband, And he will rule over you.” (GENESIS 3.16) 

EVE BEING SUBSERVIENT TO ADAM. IS A PUNISHMENT. IN THE BIBLE. IT IS A PUNISHMENT FOR GOING AGAINST THE WILL OF GOD. If you’ve ever heard of the concept of “original sin,” this is what that’s referring to (er, and it’s also a hard cider but the cider is named after the concept, not the other way around, although presumably in the Garden of Eden with all its wonders it would’ve been possible to get hard cider, so don’t quote me on this). And the concept of original sin is an entirely separate discussion because it’s ridiculous repressive sexist bullshit a complex topic in theological discussion that I am frankly unqualified to speak on, and also because one time Phillip Pullman wrote this entire series of books that was kind of about it and frankly as a result any conversation I try to have on the topic devolves rapidly into a discussion of what kind of daemon everyone would have (mine would be a barred owl).  

So, look: I am so here for this sculpture, I am so here for the telling of the story of Lilith, I am so here for encouraging young women to know that they do not need men to validate their existence. I am so. Here. For. That. But I am hesitant at the phrasing, “Always be Lilith, never Eve.” I am hesitant about breaking this story down to the idea that Lilith was inherently resistant and Eve was inherently submissive and that thus Lilith was inherently better, both because it’s canonically not true (again: tricked into tasting the fruit initially or not, Eve gave Adam his helping of her own will, Eve was punished for defying the word of God), and because I think that plays into the garbage idea that there is a correct way to be female, not to mention the garbage idea that women are constantly in competition with one another. 

I just. This is a story that has had unimaginable impact on history and culture and women and how society thinks about women. This is a story that has been used to demonize women for centuries. Whether you believe in it or not (and I’ll confess freely that, despite identifying strongly as Jewish, I mostly don’t), you can’t argue that it hasn’t been majorly impactful, because it has been majorly impactful. And while I love the sculpture, and the spirit in which I know this discussion about it is intended, it breaks my fucking heart to see us championing Lilith by (further) demonizing Eve. Eve, whose name means life, whose role in this tale is to be mother of all of humanity and who is seen, more often than not, as the punishment granted to her against her will for a choice she made. Which, incidentally — that’s something I’ve always found pretty telling. Something worth thinking about, you know what I mean? 

Both, that’s my point. Both is good. At very least, one without disparaging the other. 

THIS IS THE BEST ADDITION EVER

underscorex:

pewresearch:

A recent survey found many Americans remain uncomfortable with electing a president who doesn’t believe in God. But what about past presidents?

MAN YOU KNOW THIS SURVEY IS A FAKE BECAUSE IT SAYS OBAMA AIN’T NO MOOSLIM

(if you still or ever believed that shit, please die.)

When you took your oath of office, you placed your hand on the Bible and swore to uphold the Constitution. You didn’t place your hand on the Constitution and swear to uphold the Bible.

Jamie Raskin - who is now a senator in Maryland and served as floor manager of the recently passed bill allowing same sex marriage.  

OH SNAP, SON.

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fuckyeah-nerdery:

downton-gabby:

voyagebysexualdiscovery:

Uh oh

oh shit

First off, who the fuck is going to write an entire book with gold lettering? That would have been ridiculously expensive. Second, there are a ton of gospels and books that never made it into the Bible and aren’t considered canon by any church save for the fringe ones and in the case of the Book of Mormon, the Mormons. Third, this book was written in around 500 AD, if it is indeed real, and Barnabas died in 61 AD. Now, my math is just awful, but I’m pretty sure those numbers mean that there’s a gap of about 439.

Going back to the canon thing briefly, the reason why those books aren’t included in the Bible is because they were written decades or even centuries after their supposed authors died. The reason why John, Paul, Peter, Mark, Ringo, Jesus’s college roommate, etc. have books in the Bible is because they were written when those people were still alive and the books corroborate each others details.

Finally, if this book were real, why isn’t it getting worldwide coverage? There isn’t any because it’s BS. I mean, fuck, if you google it, the only sites that come up are conspiracy websites like AboveTopSecret and BeforeIt’sNews. That should probably be your first indication that it’s fake.

Also, what does it matter if Jesus ascended alive into heaven or whatever? Religion is based on tradition and shared mythology, not facts. Even if this was the most accurate source text (…no), that wouldn’t change theology. That’s the point of having theology.

derring-dont:

If you mean Abrahamic, then say Abrahamic. If you mean Christian, say Christian.

The term pretty much just exists to so that Christians can exclude Muslims while pretending that they care about Jews while also pretending that Judaism is just a quirky version of Christianity. I don’t think I’ve ever heard another Jew use the term “Judeo-Christian” in my entire life.

I find a disproportionate amount of people who use “Judeo-Christian” seem to labor under the impression that Islam is somehow completely unrelated to Christianity or Judaism and has a completely different god. Someone should tell them about the archangel Gabriel.

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sh1re:

happy easter

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timekiller-s:

banji-realness:

iknowitaintright:

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daintyblackpegasus:

pandaseal:

[image: a brown skinned Jesus beating white men in business suits in a temple.]

coldeyesthatburn:

black jesus has a switch

aint shit you can say

UHM, SO YOU KNOW HOW YOU GRANDMA GOT HER JESUS UP ON THE WALL?

YEAH

THIS GON BE MY JESUS UP ON THE WALL

I SWEAR

FOREVER

NO LAST SUPPER, JUST BLACK JESUS WHOOPIN SOME PRIVILEGED WHITE ASS

where can I cop a print

Damn i need this

HOLY WEEK COMING UP, CHILDREN GET READY

Best painting ever.

best bible story ever

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