The Accidental Theologist
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aka Lesley Hazleton -- an agnostic eye on religion, politics, and existence

The Accidental Theologist being stranger.
Dec 30, 2016 The Accidental Theologist commented on Pop Life: A David Bowie Tune In a Bad North London Situation.
Love that last sentence. Envy it, in fact.
Have a good new year, Charles.
Dec 21, 2016 The Accidental Theologist commented on Trump Is Dropping "Drain the Swamp".
You got it, Charles: all presidents like Sisi in Egypt or Erdogan in Turkey:
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/21/opinio…
The term they're using is "managed democracy." Looking forward to you riffing on that!
Dec 9, 2016 The Accidental Theologist commented on Akio Takamori's Drawings and Sculptures of Men Apologizing.
Thank you, Akio. Thank you, Jen.
Oct 12, 2016 The Accidental Theologist commented on Remembering The Locker Room Talk of My Youth.
Charles, this piece is wonderful! That sentence beginning "Once in the city" alone is priceless.
Oct 12, 2016 The Accidental Theologist commented on I'd Rather Jump Out the Window Than Celebrate 25 Years of The Stranger with This Issue.
There's The Stranger I know and love! Go, Dan!
Aug 19, 2016 The Accidental Theologist commented on Why Nate Parker Should Never Have Made The Birth of a Nation.
Roxane Gay in NYT op-ed:

"I cannot separate the art and the artist, just as I cannot separate my blackness and my continuing desire for more representation of the black experience in film from my womanhood, my feminism, my own history of sexual violence, my humanity.

“'The Birth of a Nation' is being billed as an important movie — something we must see, a story that demands to be heard. I have not yet seen the movie, and now I won’t. Just as I cannot compartmentalize the various markers of my identity, I cannot value a movie, no matter how good or “important” it might be, over the dignity of a woman whose story should be seen as just as important, a woman who is no longer alive to speak for herself, or benefit from any measure of justice. No amount of empathy could make that possible."
May 6, 2016 The Accidental Theologist commented on Why Cliff Mass Is a Very Dangerous Weatherperson.
On The New Yorker site right now: Elizabeth Kolbert on Fort McMurray and climate change --
http://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comm…
Apr 21, 2016 The Accidental Theologist commented on Morning News: Tests Show Tacoma's Water Has High Levels of Lead, Body Appears In Recycling Plant.
I love it when Mudede does the Morning News. Not that I wish it on him, but for me, I wish he did it every day.
Apr 15, 2016 The Accidental Theologist commented on Hey, Look, the Abyss!.
The last few verses kind of blew me away. I did NOT see them coming -- and am grateful they did.
Apr 6, 2016 The Accidental Theologist commented on Beautiful Sentences Can't Save Lesley Hazleton's Agnostic from Its Moral and Logical Flaws.
Welcome back, Rich (@26), and thanks for replying so gracefully. Sorry to have missed you last night. Am off to the airport right now, but think (insofar as I can think at all this morning) that maybe we should make a rain/sun date for a walk in the mountains, whether literal or figurative. I suspect we might arrive at much the same place -- or, per Eliot, where we began... -- L.
(Re that word "spiritual": as you know, I'm wary of it. Wary as all hell. And re the Miltonic satanic line: I really was tickled by it! Still am.)