Category Archives : Religion

It Stops Here

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 via The Western Confucian)

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The Rapture is an Alien Plot 1

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 […]

Of Sauce and Geese

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

Lexical Update

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.

No Surprises Here

What’s your theological worldview?created with 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 […]

A Table in the Wilderness 5

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 […]