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Un-Making a Murderer

Un-Making a Murderer

…reamed there was going to be trouble.’ Another affidavit from a girl who said she was raped by Avery said, ‘The victim’s mother indicated that the victim does not want to speak about the sexual assault between her and Steven Avery because Steven Avery told her if she ‘told anyone about their activities together he would kill her family.'” According to the newspaper article, “The affidavit said Avery admitted to his fiancée that he had sexually…

The Place Beyond the Pines: Where Toxic Shame is Met with Apology

The Place Beyond the Pines: Where Toxic Shame is Met with Apology

…the next scene. Cianfrance’s decision to avoid the “poetic justice” route–Jason avenging his father by shooting his killer in the woods–is a profound one: it brings everyone’s attention to Avery’s apology/repentance. The event that Avery couldn’t shake has caught up to him, and he gives up: “I’m sorry, Jason.” Throughout the film, Avery is outwardly perceived as a man who has it…

A Few Thoughts on Righteous Minds and Religious Liberty

A Few Thoughts on Righteous Minds and Religious Liberty

…maintain our status in part by coming up with those post hoc rationalizations that confirm our group identity and, equally important, confirm the nastiness of those who are Outside, who are Not Us. And it’s worth noting, as Avery Pennarun has recently noted, that one of the things that makes smart people smart is their skill at such rationalization: “Smart people have a problem, especially (although not only) when you put them in large groups….

On TV: I Am Deacon Claybourne

On TV: I Am Deacon Claybourne

…ns turning from financial to sexual; Juliette taking showers with a dude named Dante, for Music City’s sake. I considered dropping the recording from my DVR list several times, most of them coinciding with the appearances of Avery’s childish pout, which could have generated its own drinking game. But there remained one reason for me to tune in each week. Okay, two: Connie Britton’s hair counts as both a reason and a work of art. Reason number…

I Don’t Teach Poor Kids: Need and Moralistic Stereotyping

I Don’t Teach Poor Kids: Need and Moralistic Stereotyping

…city through a certain corps of college grads, responded lightly with, “Just don’t forget, rich kids still have hearts.” I still think about that, especially now. Excerpts from the following story by Andrea Avery takes this line of thinking to experience. A teacher at a well-to-do private school, she talks about the moralistic pharisee in us all, the one that judges that to be best, and this to be, well, okay, not as good. She…

For Your Weekend Viewing Pleasure–Jesus People: The Movie

Colton LOTS of Christopher Guest in there. Avery This is my new favorite past time, Jesus People. THANKS for the heads up. Now I’m gonna pitter my whole weekend away. 🙂 dpotter ‘You’re all living such victorious Christian lives, I didn’t want to admit how dysfunctional my upbringing was.’ Art imitating life.Glad to see V. Jackson is back…she is an outspoken Christian. Here she is on TBN, I believe she is responding to her former SNL partner,…

Mark Galli is Cooking

Mark Galli is Cooking

…he first charge of heresy that I have heard in that regard. From Calvinists, Wesleyans, or anybody. Many different theologians wrote essays in Forde's honor after his death. Fitz Allison and John Rodgers are two of them. Avery Dulles is another. None of these men would, to my knowledge, associate themselves with heterodoxy of any kind. Sinclair Fergueson, the PCA minister, gladly wrote an essay alongside Forde in a book on sanctification and…