Escalation of stakes is part of the appeal of doomsday end-game modules, but I have a hunch there’s more to it than the natural progression from local to regional to national to global threats. I suspect that apocalyptic stories draw from some dark universal well abiding in the human heart. Or maybe it’s that engine from Event Horizon. Maybe that engine from Event Horizon is the darkness that dwells within the human heart.
Don’t let the fact that these aren’t your institutions convince you to look away from the scandal. The only way to recognize them at home is to see them plain from a distance.
The contest of which statement, the Pope’s “no comment” or Cupich’s “bigger agenda” is the more tone deaf is a matter of personal perspective. What is becoming increasingly clear is the Vatican has no idea how to handle this present crisis it finds itself in.
The Roman Catholic Church does not need reforming. It needs a reckoning. And it must start at the top. Pope Francis should lead by example, take responsibility, and resign. Now.
While on a trip to Israel and Cyprus with my father this past May, I attempted to see as many of its physical remnants as possible.
I note the recent story about UFOs and consider burdens of proof required to convince of their existence and compare with burdens of proof in the debate over theism.
The Last Jedi is an easy movie to have opinions about.
This post will contain spoilers.
“I am not a doctor, but I play one in real life.”
So Trump acknowledged Jerusalem as the capital of Israel…
Some Folks Just Need Killing
The Case of the Amazing Shrinking Zacharias.
Is “God” a necessary component to undergird universal human rights? And if so, what kind of God best serves the purpose and how compatible is the biblical God, and/or God of the various orthodox traditions with said purpose?
Pretty Much What It Says On The Tin
John Quincy Adams, as a Calvinistic Christian, was open to the notion that John Milton, Homer and Virgil were divinely inspired along the same grounds he believed the inspired parts of the biblical canon were. He also endorsed the notion of a “partially inspired” biblical canon.
This started off as a joke when I proposed it; now I’m serious and think it would make for a good course.
Ross Douthat Should Do Something Else Instead
In her essays, the award-winning novelist examines the significance, past, present, and future, of America’s missing Religious Left.
Transgenderism is not some new crazy phenomenon coming out of the modern demented, decadent, relativistic West mind. Let’s look at how other cultures view this.
Conservatism stresses deference to the unseen. Trump rejects that out of hand, and he’s on the verge of the Republican nomination. What happened?
How does Marcion, an early church father, who like Arius was one of the earliest notable heretics, relate to the Christian-Deism that arose in England and America during the Enlightenment period of the American Founding. That’s what I am trying to figure out here.
The tension between Kiryas Joel and Monroe, NY continues.
Trying to do a better job of recognizing abundance.
…[T]he polls are not so hard to make sense of if we recognize that evangelicals are motivated by more than emulating the virtues of Christ. Many, if not most, are also motivated by fighting the evils of Satan. While Cruz may better understand the doctrinal origins of that conflict, the two men locate the forces…
Biologist Jerry Coyne has managed to write what might be the worst book yet published in the New Atheist genre…
I’m super-interested in this book, just like Bill Clinton is and John Adams and Thomas Jefferson probably would have been.
For those wishing for happy endings, his thesis is probably too good to be true.
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Post hoc, ergo propter hoc.
Maybe not, but it does need community binding meta-narratives to succeed on a meaningful scale.
Trying to solve the dilemmas posed by Sola Scriptura can lead to interesting implications for philosophy, politics, law and society.
Guest Author T. Greer eulogizes the neglect of our literary heritage in contemporary rhetoric.
Is dueling compatible with traditional historic Christianity? Folks with whom Alexander sought communion after being shot didn’t think so and challenged the dying man accordingly.
What does it mean to be a “Christian”? That question seems (to some) as relevant today as it was during the American Founding.
A surface scratching inquiry into objective notions of truth.
Was America founded to be a “republic,” revolutionary France a “democracy”? No. What are the supposed differences David Barton fabricated? Find out.