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  1. An excellent critique of a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad argument. Have you read William Herzog’s Parables as Subversive Speech: Jesus as Pedagogue of the Oppressed? Herzog offers a pretty interesting exegesis of the Matthew 25 parable of the talents that falls in line with what you have mentioned above.

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  2. I thought the Holy Father, following the tradition of centuries, was still selling vacation packages in heaven to the residents of purgatory. Or maybe retirement packages would be a more accurate description, with “many mansions” on offer (to quote Teztel) “as soon as a coin in the coffer rings”.

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