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How Revolutionary is Pope Francis, Anyway?

Reading Time: 3 minutes It’s hard, even for an angry, arrogant, militant new atheist like me, to not like Pope Francis. He seems to be saying all the right things for someone in his position, rhetorically easing off of gays, emphasizing the plight of the poor, and not being afraid to bring himself to the level of those in need, or those with whom he has little in common.
It helps that he’s so grandfatherly, with a warm smile and those standard-issue old-man glasses, whereas Ratzinger was so comically villainous.
Damon Linker, author of The Theocons and The Religious Test, wants progressives to temper their enthusiasm, however. Not because he sees Francis as nefarious, but rather he sees little evidence that a revolution of sorts is under way in the Church:
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This Just In: The Pope’s Hoping We Forgot Everything.

Reading Time: 2 minutes The leader of the largest organized ring of child molesters on the planet, Pope Francis, says he’s not going to judge gay priests just for being gay. Yep. You heard him. Ain’t that nice of him? Let’s just see how magnanimous this kindhearted reversal really is. * His church helped cover up the pedophilia scandal, […]

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Superhero Jesus.

Reading Time: 9 minutes During a very painful and lonely stretch of my childhood, I did exactly what fundagelicals say everyone ought to do: I turned to Jesus. Today I’ll show you how well that worked out for me.

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On 11/11/11, Let’s Crank it to 11!

Reading Time: 3 minutes You only get one Spinal Tap day every century—11/11/11—and today is it. Spinal Tap was a fictional heavy metal group whose amps had dials that didn’t stop at 10 but went to 11. Today is a day to crank it to 11 by considering some similar nonsensical thinking within Christianity.