Monday, August 31, 2009

Breed, Atheists, breed!!

A few years ago, Tommy and I were having a conversation about having kids. Not together, mind you, just procreation in general. I have always wanted kids and now I've got one. Hooray! Tommy didn't ever want kids and he still doesn't have any. Hooray! Which is fine but I proposed that the problem with that wasn't what society thinks about people who don't breed, but rather what does and does not go into the gene pool. Tommy is talented, personable, and terribly intelligent and those are precisely the traits that he will not be passing on to future generations. Meanwhile, some gang member knocks up his ho and they decide to have the baby even though neither of them have the resources or desire to take care of it. The sad reality is that, probably, that baby won't grow up to contribute much more to the world than his parents.

Yesterday, someone sent me a video about the rate of procreation that is required for a culture to survive. The main point of the video was to show that Christians and Jews aren't having enough kids and Muslims are having a ton of them. The numbers show that in our lifetimes, Europe will become predominantly Islamic. That's scary to me because the countries that are predominantly Muslim now don't seem to have any desire for a separation of church and state. In fact, they don't seem to have any qualms about making their religious delusions into laws. Societies should never be controlled by religion and it doesn't matter which religion, really. Christianity controlled society once. We refer to it as "The Dark Ages." (Yes, I realize we don't call them that simply because of Christianity.)

The point is that Islam is achieving huge numbers not by converting people (big shock), but by making babies and convincing those babies to believe in a terrible fairy tale. All of the major religions do this (indoctrinate children), of course, and all of the major religions have been responsible for terrorism and genocide at some point in history. (Even Atheists have done horrible things, though its important to realize that they didn't do these things because they were Atheists.)

I've never felt uncomfortable or nervous around Muslims and I'm certainly not advocating that anything but kindness and respect should be shown to all people no matter how big an infidel I may be to them. I'm simply saying that Atheists, Agnostics, Deists, and Free Thinkers all need to breed. Though we shouldn't indoctrinate our children any more than religious people should. We should teach our children how to think, not what to think. I believe that if they're taught to think critically, they'll see religious dogma for what it is on their own. We also need to keep being vocal and honest. Respectful, of course, but always calling a spade a spade. We are on the rise after all.

Leah and I saw Inglorious Basterds yesterday and it was a. maze. ing. Leah said she liked it better than Pulp Fiction. I don't know if I'd go that far but it probably does come pretty close.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Nothing goes on.

I'm watching the Lord Of The Rings today. Its great and all, but there are some really, REALLY, cheesy effects in it. I'm not just now noticing them. I remember the first time I saw it, thinking that there was some incredibly lame cinematography going on. All the sets and makeup and character design are flawless but still.

I also watched a lot of Newsradio today, which I think is one of the most underrated sitcoms of all time.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Bless this mess

I just got back from another meeting about the video for "On Modern Men." I think this is going to be pretty badass. We worked out a way to slide an Ishmael reference into it that I think is pretty awesome. At the beginning of the video there will be someone wearing a sandwich sign that, on one side, says "WITH MAN GONE, WILL THERE BE HOPE FOR GORILLA?" and on the other side says, "WITH GORILLA GONE, WILL THERE BE HOPE FOR MAN?" I realise that no one will understand that who hasn't read the book but who knows, maybe it will get people to look it up and discover the book. It would be amazing if we could get Daniel Quinn to come and be the guy wearing the sign. Maybe I'll look into that, I think he lives in Houston.

I just spent some time discussing Evolution on another blog, which is one of the more interesting things to discuss to me. I still can't really wrap my head around the ideas and fears that people have about Evolution or why some fight so hard to deny it. Its always a religious defense, of course. Here in the states, its the Christians that give us the most grief, but apparently in the UK its the Muslims, which I did not know. You would think that because most of the Vatican, Pope included, accept Evolution as a fact that that understanding would trickle down but I guess it doesn't work that way. Richard Dawkins has a new book coming out that is supposed to be a very elegant explanation of Evolution and how we know what we know. Its called The Greatest Show On Earth, and I'm sure it will be great but I probably won't read it, honestly. I spend quite a bit of my time at work reading science blogs and publications and I feel like I have a decent grasp on the concept already.

Maybe something in Islam can explain why I have an appendix and a tailbone or why some whales still have hind leg bones.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Not all wizards are good, Harry.

The next two months are going to incredibly crazy for Leah with every weekend having at least 2 weddings to shoot. This weekend was our last one for two months where we could relax and do nothing together. We took full advantage of it and it was lovely. We spent all our time playing with Harper, napping, eating, or watching True Blood. We're now completely caught up on True Blood. We really like that show.

Did anyone ever watch the show Carnivale? It was on Showtime or HBO, I can't remember. It started kind of slow but turned out to be one of the most interesting and original things I've ever seen.

I need to go to the library or the book store. I've been reading The Sirens of Titan again, and while it is a brilliant book, it hasn't been hitting the spot. I need something fictional with lots of adventure. Any suggestions?

Friday, August 21, 2009

Rush Limbaugh stress management techniques

Hey everybody, I'm on ABC News today

I was looking at old pictures and thinking about how much I've changed. I still wear these t-shirts, though, they're not in quite as good of shape now. I still think that my head is too small for my body but at least now I've got a beard and a better haircut so its not so noticeable. I must have been charming.

I've got a new song I sing to Harper called "Harper in the palm of my hand" and those are pretty much all the lyrics. I sing it while I do this. I think she knows I'm funny even if she doesn't know why. At least, that's what I tell myself.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

The Fox says that everything that is essential is invisible to the eye. Do you think he means "Dark Energy?"

I've been reading about "Dark Energy" at Scientific American. Its crazy how much we know about stuff. It really is.

I'm looking forward to work next week. Everyone else in my office has to go to a convention for 3 days, so I'll be the sole inhabitant of the office. Needless to say, I'll be doing whatever I damn well please. I'll probably watch the entire Harry Potter series and who knows what else. I don't know. What I do know is that I'll be getting paid for it.

Perhaps, I'll finally catch up on my napping.

As always, I'm anxious to get home and hang out with my wife and child, cook and eat dinner and watch True Blood. Leah and I saw District 9 last night. We both thought it was awesome and would recommend it.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The wheels of invention are greased with Frank's Redhot

I had a bad dream last night and when I woke up I felt ok about hitting the snooze bar twice and laying in bed longer than my daily pre-work schedule allows to hold my wife. I also took some time before I left to creep quietly into Harper's room and watch her sleep. When I got there, however, she was already awake, making what we affectionately call her "owl noise" and turning on her side. Now I'm at work and missing them both something fierce. I can not wait to go home.

I just got back from a meeting with Paul, Matt and a local filmmaker about doing a video for "On Modern Men." His stuff looks amazing and we're really pumped about the project. We met at my favorite local restaurant, Waterloo Icehouse.

When I woke up this morning I thought to myself, "I'll start eating a granola bar or two for breakfast, a salad for lunch and then whatever I want for dinner and this will be a positive change for a healthier life." Of course, as I constantly forget everything, I forgot my granola bars and I forgot that I was eating at Waterloo today. I know I could've gotten a salad at Waterloo, but I'm not going to miss an opportunity to eat Waterloo hot wings since I don't get to go there very much (Leah's not big on the place). I guess I'll start tomorrow.

I finished A Friendly Letter to Skeptics and Atheists and I really enjoyed it. I found it insightful, humble, and challenging. I wrote an email to the author asking his opinions on some things and I really hope he writes me back. The book isn't preachy, really, but rather an argument for positive effects on culture by religion and faith. I think that if all Christians thought like David Myers then surely there would still be Atheists, but perhaps there wouldn't be a need for the "New Atheists" (Dawkins, Harris, Hitchens, etc.) Though, it seems that Myers enjoys their books as much as I do.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Glenn Beck is a damn genius!!!

Really makes your heart swell with American pride. I've been laughing about this for a while today. Perhaps I've been wrong about socialism, since our public schools have let these people down so badly. Part of me thinks there is a small chance that the mullet guy is being ironic but...that might be optimistic to the point of foolishness.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Falling leaves should curse their branches.

One of the all-time greatest lyricists and songwriters has returned with a new album. On Sept. 1st, David Bazan will release Curse Your Branches, his second solo outing since leaving behind the moniker, Pedro the Lion.

There have been a few times in my life where I have really needed music to "get through it" and almost miraculously, I would discover a record that seemed to be written just for me at that time. In the summer of 2002, I broke up with my first long term girlfriend and, either by chance or design, picked up Wilco's Summerteeth and Common Children's The In between Time. They were both saying exactly what I needed to hear and seemed to offer the kind of comfort and encouragement that can only be sung. This may be another one of those for me.

I guess David Bazan and I have been on similar spiritual paths, though I think his involved more alcohol and the destruction of more relationships. Count my blessings. Count them one by one.

Once the Christian scene's indie darling, Bazan's new songs distance him from being the Christian scene's anything, and place him firmly in the piles of the disillusioned. As I said before, he's one of my favorite lyricists of all time and I would definitely consider him an influence. However, now I'm worried that people will think I'm ripping him off as I'm seeing parallels in his new record and the songs I'm writing for our 3rd record.

For example, here's some lyrics from "In Stitches."
"When Job asked you the question you responded 'Who are you to challenge your creator?'
Well if that one part is true, it makes you sound defensive like you had not thought it through enough to have an answer, or you might have bit off more than you could chew."

And here is part of a Quiet Company song I'm working on called "What I would Say to you now."
"Well, here's the thing that's really messed up: I don't know if you're there but I'm still talking to you! So, stand up and face your accusers, because I'm not Job and I will not be shut up by making claims that you and I both know you're not going to back up."

Its just the Job reference that makes me wonder and the fact that I'm sure that our record will have some common themes with Curse Your Branches. Oh well. All you can do is be yourself, right? OK? OK.

In other Quiet Company related nonsense, I did another email interview today and they asked me about musical influences. I said that I was really into the Beatles, Smashing Pumpkins, etc. but that Tommy hasn't listened to anything but the soundtrack for the Hannah Montanna movie since it came out and that Jeff and Matt share a love for anything Andrew Lloyd Webber, particularly, Cats.

Friday, August 14, 2009


Last night on the way to band practice, I was listening to the local "alternative" station, which I never do because they're perpetually stuck in 1995 and every other song they play is Bush or Alice in Chains. Anyway, they played the new single from Pearl Jam. Its called "The Fixer," and it is FANTASTIC. They're one of those bands that never seems to pass their prime and just keep putting out one great record after another. Certainly, some are better than others, but I've never heard a Pearl Jam record and said, "What do they think they're doing?" I'm really looking forward to this record.

Another song I've been hearing a lot is Taylor Swift's "You Belong With Me." Every once in a while, there will be a song on the top 40 that is so good it makes you want to murder things, i.e. Kelly Clarkson's "Since You've been Gone," and Beyonce's "Crazy In Love." I think this Taylor Swift song makes the cut. Granted, I'm not a 14 year old girl, so its not the most relatable thing for me, but who can deny that melody?


Tonight at Sam's Burger Joint
San Antonio, TX

If you live in San Antonio and you miss this show, you had better be dead or in jail.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Everyday, I start the day with a Harry Potter Quiz. Today I finally achieved my goal. 516 questions answered correctly, no misses. I. Am. Awesome.

I'd like to say thanks to Green for her blog's in depth review of Everyone You Love Will Be Happy Soon. I'm very humbled and thankful that the record means that much to anyone. You always hope it does when you're making it but you never know if it will or not. So a very heartfelt "thank you" for the encouragement.

Harper is making all kinds of advances lately. She's laughed, she's rolled over, and her 200 page thesis on speciation was spectacular. What can I say? I'm proud.

Leah and I are still doing the "30 Day Shred" with dragon lady, Jillian Michaels. I don't think I've ever hated my life as much as I do in the 20 minutes it takes to do that workout. If I didn't have Leah, I know I couldn't keep this shit up, which can be said about several aspects of my life. So I've got that to look forward to tonight, and then its off to band practice.

We've got a few shows coming up that I'm really excited about. One of which is tomorrow. I think it will be a big show but I'm most pumped about it because our friends, The Rocketboys and Dignan will be there. Anyone in or around San Antonio tomorrow had better get their ass to Sam's Burger Joint, if they know what's good for them.

We've also got shows coming up with The Deathray Davies (of whom I am a fan) and What Made Milwaukee Famous. Both should be big, both should be fun.

I love animals, and in my many years of employment at Petco, I'm happy to have helped raise thousands of dollars for the SPCA and other local animal rescue groups. That being said, I can't stand PETA. Right now they are trying to circulate what they call "McCruelty Unhappy Meals" which look like McDonald's Happy Meals but feature pictures of Ronald McDonald holding a bloody axes and carving knives. They have really awesome toys too; chickens and cows covered in blood. All of this, of course, is geared towards scaring and traumatizing children into their delusional world view. I'm all for the humane treatment of animals and I'm all for fighting against corporations that don't do it, but traumatizing little kids is an atrocity in itself.

I don't think PETA will be happy until everyone agrees that its morally wrong to eat meat, which of course, is crazy. I have a lot of vegetarian friends that I respect and in fact, a long time ago, I gave being a vegetarian a shot (for about a week). I understand that there are a lot of viable reasons for wanting to be one but its not morally wrong for a lion to eat a gazelle because that's what they eat, so how can it be morally wrong for us to eat meat? Once PETA has convinced the lions to be vegetarians then I will happily jump on board.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

How on Earth can Coke Zero have no calories?

I just finished reading Letter to a Christian Nation by Sam Harris. I really enjoyed it and it was a quick read, which I also appreciated. He makes some really good, articulate points and I would recommend it to anyone doubting their faith. Anyone not doubting their faith, I wouldn't so much recommend it as I would double-dog dare you to read it.

So now I'm jumping right into A Friendly Letter to Skeptics and Atheists by David G. Myers. I know what to expect from this book because from what I can already tell, Myers is the kind of Christian that I think I was for a long time, which is to say very, very liberal. Maybe that's why I like him. He seems reasonable even though I know that at some point I'm probably going to think him less so. I think after reading these two books, where one is clearly a sort of answer to the other, its going to be a question about moderate religion, because that is what I think Myers is trying to sell in the place of "irrational fundamentalism."

Harris makes the point of saying that all moderates and liberals are doing is taking the scripture less and less seriously. I really agree with that. I know that that's what I was doing. The more we learn about how the world actually works, the more we've been able to write off the Bible as the primitive assertions of ignorant (and I mean that as the denotation of the word, not as an insult) sheepherders. We could go on and on and on listing all the things that they knew about god that most intelligent Christians and Jews laugh off today, but we won't.

I know what the "New Atheists" would say about this, but I think there's quite a few regular atheists, deists, and agnostics here and I'd like to hear your opinions about something. Religious moderates (especially Muslims) would have us believe that their religions have been hi-jacked by extremists and are not inherently dangerous. However, their holy books do not advocate being "moderate" but rather being, we'll kindly say "impassioned." So the question is three-fold: Do you think religious liberalism a good thing? Do you think it enables extremism? And do you think it's just a step down the road to faithlessness?

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The most badass comic book cover featuring a mute ninja ever!

I already mentioned this but Harper laughed this weekend for the first time. If you're not a parent, I really don't think you'll understand how amazing such a simple thing can be. I teared up instantly because it was so damn beautiful. Its one of the things I've looked forward to the most about being a father. She's only done it a few times so far, so I'm really looking forward to when she does it all the time, instinctively.

We've got Canadians in town this week so that's exciting. Last night we took them down to the Magnolia Cafe, which I've never really cared for, but I decided to try something new and it really paid off. After that, we took a stroll down Congress and got some crepes with Nutella, strawberries, and bananas. Harper didn't sleep the entire time, which was weird, but I guess there was too much going on that she wanted to see.

I just did an interview for Greater Than Magazine. I think its going to be pretty cool and will be out a little later this year, I'll let you know. Talked a lot about the songwriting process and inspiration and whatnot. In other Quiet Company news, that rooftop music series thing that we shot for News 8 finally showed on the TV. Don't get excited, it sounded awful. Oh well. So it goes. We've got a show in San Antonio this Friday with two bands that we love, Dignan and The Rocketboys at Sam's Burger Joint. If its at all possible, you shouldn't miss this show.

I finished reading Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows again today for something like the 6th or 7th time. Why is it so awesome? There are a couple of moments in the book that make my eyes want to water so I think that I've decided today that when the movies come out I'm going to allow myself to cry with abandon in the theatre, my pride be damned!

Probably a few of you know this about me, but I'm a huge fan of the GI Joe comic books. In fact, I'm probably only about 25 issues away from having the entire Marvel run. That being said, I've said for years that I didn't think there was any way to do a GI Joe Movie and make it cool. Well, now there is one so I'm not sure if I was right. Its not a good movie so in one way I was right, but at the same time I enjoyed myself so maybe I was wrong. I don't think its fair to judge a movie like GI Joe the same way that you would judge a movie like Forrest Gump but at the same time when there are movies like The Dark Knight being made, you start to wonder if we shouldn't allow movies to get by by just being mindless-popcorn-summer movie fun. GI Joe has only really ever had two characters with any depth and that is Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes. So my only real disappointment with the movie was that it messed up their back story and origins. I bet the movie Snake Eyes isn't even a deformed mess under his mask. They also say that he doesn't talk because he took a vow of silence and not because he took an explosion to the face to save Scarlet in the war that jacked up his vocal chords. Storm Shadow has always been my favorite character, though. He's the most interesting because he's got the most going on emotionally, being constantly torn between revenge and atonement. In the movie he's just an irredeemable murderer, though; cold hearted and cliche'.

I didn't really have any problems with the rest of the movie, which is not to say that it was good, but rather to say that it was exactly what I expected it to be. If you can shut down the critical part of your brain, like I guess I'm capable of, or if you're an 8 year old boy, then GI Joe: Rise of Cobra is a good time to be had. Channing Tatum's performance is boring and I'm pretty sure I saw Dennis Quaid look at the camera once, but it is chocked full of all the things 8 year old boys love and you might find yourself remembering what it felt like to be one.

Oh yeah, and Snake Eyes' mask had lips!! Who makes that decision? I bet its the same person that thought the Batsuit really needed those nipples.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Gavin Rosdale Poetry: Volume 1

Had a great weekend. Hung out with friends, saw GI Joe and my daughter laughed for the first time. I've never heard a more pure or more beautiful sound. I cried almost instantly.

Now I've got to hurry home to hang out with some Canadians.

Friday, August 7, 2009

What exactly are we supposed to be learning from The Learning Channel?

Just about every show on TLC makes me want to vomit, but currently on my television I have discovered a new low. I don't know why Leah hasn't changed the channel even though I asked her to but we're watching a show about stage moms and pageant children.

If you're dressing your children up like tiny painted whores and parading them around out of some misplaced sense of achievement then you are an awful parent. I protest you. You are a disgusting human being.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

What do you mean, 'Rufus Wainwright is GAY'?!?!

Ever since my deconversion, I've made it a hobby (or a habit) to challenge religion wherever I could. Sometimes I wish that I knew more about Islam or Hinduism so I could pick on those instead of just Christianity but as they say, "write what you know." Don't worry, I doubt this will be offensive at all, but for some reason it crossed my mind.

I was raised Baptist and even after I left the Baptist church at age 18, shook the dust off my feet, and vowed to not go back, I still shared a handful of theological ideas with the Baptists. At the top of the list is the idea of free will. I don't believe anyone is predestined to do anything and I don't understand how any logical person, faithful or not, could. I also don't understand denominations that baptise babies. Doesn't that cheapen the whole idea of salvation when its forced on someone who has no clue what's going on? (I'm looking at you, 16th century Spanish missionaries.) I know that no one thinks the Baptism saves the baby or anything, but still, the ritual is silly. The baby is an atheist before you pour stagnant water on its head and the baby is still an atheist after you pour stagnant water on its head. When an adult makes a well informed decision to join a faith and then wants to perform whatever ritual that faith prefers, that's one thing, but acting like your baby, who doesn't actually understand anything you say, shares your beliefs, is something else altogether.

I digress.

What I really wanted to challenge was not baby baptism but rather the idea of Calvinism and pre-destination. I've only had two friends in my life who considered themselves Calvinists and I made damn sure they knew how stupid I thought/think that was/is. Just like in any religion, there's always going to be little sects of strangeness, but I've always been surprised how this one sticks around. To me, its just one more way for people to think they've been "chosen." Here's a challenge: Find a Calvinist that believes that they are someone who was simply not chosen to go to Heaven. I really doubt you can. Part of me also thinks its a way for Christians to be lazy about evangelism, which, don't get me wrong, I'm not encouraging evangelism. But if we're all predestined for our eventual eternities, then there is little incentive to make much of a spiritual difference in the lives of those around you. All the work is already done, they're chosen or they're not, right?

The biggest problem, though, is that you can't possibly be a Calvinist and believe that god loves everyone equally. Not without some really fancy theological footwork, I'd imagine. I'm sure that in the right circles I'd hear some pretty great albeit, illogical, arguments about how it all somehow works if you just look at it from the right perspective and humbly admit that god's ways are above our ways, and who are you to question the unquestionable anyway...etc...etc...etc... I don't expect to find too many Calvinist defenders here but the simple truth is that if god loves us all equally then we simply cannot be predestined. It just doesn't work with any definition of love that I can imagine. But I guess we can go a step further and say, if god loves us, why create a hell in the first place? If you try and see religion from the eyes of a deity, I think it probably looks like a big, cruel game. I can just picture angels sitting on clouds making bets about who's going to stumble upon the "right" religion. Might make a good comedy, actually. Oh well.

If anyone is in Austin, we're doing a last minute show at Antone's tonight with Soldier Thread and Hosty Duo. Show starts at 9 and should be a good time. Leah's having to bring me my other pants to work, though. I can't be rolling up to the rock show in pleated khakis, after all.

I'm sure tonight will be fun, but early soundcheck means that I don't have time to go home and spend any real time with my girls, and by the time I drag my ragged body home, Harper will be asleep. She gave me a lot of smiles this morning, though. Perhaps she knew it'd be a while before I got anymore. I love being Harper's dad, but nothing makes my heart swell as much as watching Leah play with her. Harper loves her mom so much, its ridiculous. She's taken a liking to me, as well.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Why does it take all of my will power to not eat an entire box of granola bars in one sitting?

I think about time travel a lot more than a 27 year old man probably should. My imagination just goes wild with all the things I could do with it. Typically, when you ask people what they would do if they could travel through time you get answers like "I would go kill Hitler" or "I would go meet Jesus." Those are both great ideas and maybe I would get around to it but I think what I'd really enjoy doing the most would be to go back and hang out with my younger self and freak him out a lot.

"Hey, you know that girl you're planning on marrying? You're not going to, does that blow your f***ing mind?"
"Hey, you know that girl that Mark and Loren are obsessed with that you just met and told them that she's too young for them? You're actually going to marry her, ISN'T THAT NUTS?!!?"

I wonder if the young me would like the current me. I know the current me would have plenty to tell the young me about how to stop being an ass. I wonder if he would listen. Probably not, honestly.

Of course, I imagine that I could save myself a lot of trouble and could provide incredible opportunities for my younger self if I could travel back to him with my knowledge of what the future holds. What if someone could have told me, "Hey Taylor, you should punch a few people in the face. If you don't you'll regret it." Or, "You should really finish college, I promise you, nothing is about to happen for your music career. You've got time, asshole." I wonder if I'd be a different person if I'd done everything I was scared to do. I'm sure I would be. So then I wonder if I'd be a better person or a worse person.

I don't know.

I do love looking back on my life and taking time to appreciate how every little twist and turn, every failure and triumph, every pain and pleasure led me to where I am, and continues to lead me wherever I'm heading. Oh, what an adventure, stepping out your door each day.

Leah wanted me to blog about how we met today but since we disagree about when we actually met, I opted for time travel. I will part with a picture of the 2 most beautiful girls in the world.

Monday, August 3, 2009

I have a headache and its your fault

We saw "Funny People" on Friday, and the more I think about it, the more disappointed I think I am. Its certainly not a bad movie, but I don't think its up to the standard that Apatow and friends have set for themselves. I read a lot of critics saying that it was his least funny movie but his best movie. But if the guy makes comedies then it stands to reason that the least funny movie is the worst movie, not the best. I would say I enjoyed it for the most part, though.

Ordered some books today that I'm excited about. The first is Letter to a Christian Nation by Sam Harris. I started reading this while I was killing time at the bookstore the other day and it was really good. Very frank and logical, which I enjoyed.

The second is A Friendly Letter to Skeptics and Atheists: Musings on Why God Is Good and Faith Isn't Evil by David G. Myers. I think I'm actually the most excited about this one, because thanks to Amazon's "A look inside" feature, I've read the first few pages and Myers seems to write with a humility that I've not seen in any Christian writings thus far. One of the reviews on the Amazon page says "Faithheads will welcome the clarity with which Myers comes to their rescue. However, they too will find themselves challenged, reexamining their beliefs, assumptions and even their practices." I know this is going to be accommodational and that he will probably lose the argument, but he seems to be the kind of Christian the world really needs so I'm inclined to hear him out. He also has a book out that argues that Christians should be supportive of gay marriage and wrote one of the most standard psychology texts used at university level. Color me impressed.

Tonight the wife and I are cooking orange chicken and delighting in the fullness of life.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

For The Bible Tells Me So

I've decided to make it easy and post all of "For the Bible Tells Me So" here. Now you don't have to rent it or spend any time looking for it. I wish every church in America would show this to their congregation. I think this is such a touching and tasteful way of exposing the double standard being used to oppress our gay brothers and sisters today. Enjoy.