Propaganda Marketing

The marketing strategy here is to get “influencers” to naturally and realistically spread your messaging/propaganda through their regular channels. Source: MRBlog | ISIS and the US Government: The Propaganda War – The Marginalia Review of Books Thomas does a great job breaking down the current efforts by our intelligence community to use hyperlocal and big … Continue reading Propaganda Marketing

Theological Eating

At the beginning of the year, I decided to stop eating meat and meat products. I have some experience with this from my days in graduate school (it was more of an economic decision then!), but I was still going into this new year / new eating pattern with the full understanding that it’s very … Continue reading Theological Eating

Dura Europos Looting

The “holes” in the inset picture are looting holes from the area near the main agora at Dura Europos. Sadly, we haven’t properly excavated much of that area. This literally breaks my heart given that we’ve properly excavated such a small amount of Dura Europos and we’ve learned so much about Judaism, early Christianity, and … Continue reading Dura Europos Looting

Meant to Struggle

I love the Bible. I’m a Christian and a person of faith, so that’s (supposedly) a given. However, I really do love what I consider to be this set of inspired texts that has influenced and shaped the development of our species to such an extreme level that it’s simply unimaginable to think what our … Continue reading Meant to Struggle

Greenville’s doing just fine. I’m more concerned about the brain/talent drain in the Pee Dee of SC due to lack of state support for economic development and infrastructure: http://m.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/01/smaller-town-startups-stopping-the-brain-drain-in-south-carolina/283338/ Continue reading

The Danger of a Single Story

Great analysis… What happens when the Christian faith is reduced to a single story? In the mid-19th century you get slavish support for the institution of slavery. In the early 21st century, you get an all-white, all-male institution preparing pastors for leadership in all-white, male-led congregations. via Don’t blame Al Mohler, it was God’s idea. Continue reading The Danger of a Single Story

Limits of Citizenship

This is a pivotal time for the understanding of citizenship in our country (based on wisdom and legalities at least): Judge Challenges White House Claims on Authority in Drone Killings – NYTimes.com:‘Are you saying that a U.S. citizen targeted by the United States in a foreign country has no constitutional rights?’ she asked Brian Hauck, … Continue reading Limits of Citizenship