“Is there… a rage against reaction, a fury at the recalcitrance of the concrete and the stubbornness of tradition? … And might that rage too need a fantasy object?”
“God’s people are instructed to dismantle, on a regular basis, the fundamental patterns and structures of stratified wealth and power, so that there is ‘enough for everyone.'” That’s not the understanding of liberty that most people are celebrating today.
I will not raise my precious child to kill your precious child. And if it is within my power, I will not hand over my beloved child to others to kill your beloved child, or to learn how to kill the one you cherish. –Fr. Emmanuel Charles McCarthy. (From LewRockwell.com via The Western Confucian)
Have you ever noticed that belief in The Rapture seems to correlate pretty strongly with an unhealthy interest in the way other people behave, not to mention a certain obliviousness to one’s own behavior? Fred Clark touches on this from time to time both in his brilliant chapter-by-chapter dissection of the Left Behind novels and […]
There is something striking about how rigorously theocons apply Vatican teaching to questions of private individuals’ sexual and emotional relationships and how loosely they apply it when it comes to tempering right-wing governments from embracing torture, economic inequality, the death penalty and pre-emptive war. Andrew Sullivan
Some definitions: Nihilist (noun): what an idolater calls someone whose loves are not similarly disordered. Sneer (noun): what a hypocrite calls a mirror when it’s held up to her face. For some context, see the comment thread here.
Over one hundred years ago Mark Twain pointed out what it means to “support the troops” in this prayer, the unspoken thought behind any prayer for victory in war: O Lord our Father, our young patriots, idols of our hearts, go forth to battle — be Thou near them! With them — in spirit — […]
The Secret Sinners’ Society. Read it.
What’s your theological worldview?created with QuizFarm.com You scored as Emergent/Postmodern You are Emergent/Postmodern in your theology. You feel alienated from older forms of church, you don’t think they connect to modern culture very well. No one knows the whole truth about God, and we have much to learn from each other, and so learning takes […]
Paul identified faith, hope, and love as the primary theological virtues. I think it no coincidence that these are also among the words most trivialized in common discourse. Faith becomes, not trust in the divine, but thinking the right thoughts or saying the right words. Love becomes, not a self-emptying act of will, but a […]
Richard Knoebel is the chief of police in Kewaskum, Wisconsin. Not long ago, distracted by a truck stopping on one side of the street, he drove past a school bus stopped with its lights flashing. He then pulled himself over and wrote himself a ticket. $235. Even more amazing: 4 points on his driver’s license. […]
I recently began the practice of Lectio Divina, an ancient form of Christian prayer. As described by my spiritual director, it comprises four phases, or “moments:” reading, meditation, affective prayer, and contemplative prayer (lectio, meditatio, oratio, and contemplatio). In it, one reads and reflects on Scripture to prepare one for the gift of the presence […]