“A Mormon television star stands in front of the Lincoln Memorial and calls American Christians to revival. He assembles some evangelical celebrities to give testimonies, and then preaches a God and country revivalism that leaves the evangelicals cheering that they’ve heard the gospel, right there in the nation’s capital. The news media pronounces him the new leader of America’s Christian conservative movement, and a flock of America’s Christian conservatives have no problem with that. If you’d told me that ten years ago, I would have assumed it was from the pages of an evangelical apocalyptic novel about the end-times. But it’s not. It’s from this week’s headlines. And it is a scandal.” —God, the Gospel, and Glenn Beck (via azspot)
“Diaspora, the open source social network and potential Facebook challenger, will be ready to launch on September 15, according to the project’s developers.” —The Anti-Facebook Arrives September 15: Will You Switch?
“Step outside tonight and be dazzled: the planet Mars will be as large as the moon in the night sky! It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! Yeah, right. Don’t believe it. It’s just not true. But for the seventh consecutive year, the “Mars Hoax” is making the rounds on the Internet, spreading like some sort of malicious virus that infects everyone in your address book.” —Mars hoax goes viral on the Internet
“I wonder how many other pastors pounding pulpits across the world have their parishioners running scared out of their wits and into the kingdom of God, taking out fire insurance as a precaution against the threat of hell.” —Sharon L. Baker, Ph.D.: The Problem with Hell