Archive for October 3rd, 2009
Author Anne Lamott, an unabashed Christian and political progressive, talks about her conversion and beliefs in this 2006 article and attached video. She also has some harsh words for the ideas that it is OK to hate and that faith alone is enough to get one into heaven:
Faith without works is dead. It’s just not nice to sit around — you can sit around in your prayer breakfast with all this faithy-faith and all this talking and thinking and “hallelujahing” and it’s nothing. It’s nothing to God. I mean, I think it pisses God off.
Though she might sound like an evangelical at times, she has not been welcomed into evangelical communities:
Evangelical Christians and I can sit down and talk one on one about how much we love Jesus, and yet I’m not carried in Christian bookstores. You know, a typical Christian bookstore would not carry TRAVELING MERCIES or PLAN B, because I’m irreverent. I have a very dark sense of humor. I swear. I have a very playful relationship with Jesus.
After I read this article, I watched Stephen Colbert’s lively 2008 interview of Lamott:
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This article and the above video serve as a good reminder that non-believers should not simplistically categorize all believers to be “the same.”
The NYT publishes an in-depth article about the hamburger meat industry and what can go wrong, “The Burger That Shattered Her Life.” Here’s an excerpt:
Ms. Smith, 22, was found to have a severe form of food-borne illness caused by E. coli, which Minnesota officials traced to the hamburger that her mother had grilled for their Sunday dinner in early fall 2007.
“I ask myself every day, ‘Why me?’ and ‘Why from a hamburger?’ ” Ms. Smith said. In the simplest terms, she ran out of luck in a food-safety game of chance whose rules and risks are not widely known.