Monthly Archives: October 2012

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Define Disingenuous, Please. Use it or lose it. Rod ♥ Paris. Traditional Marriage crash course. The Right’s problem with narrative.

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Slipping Moorings

One of my favorite expressions, when I talk to myself, is to accuse myself of “making a virtue of necessity.” From what I can tell, my use of the phrase is a little bit idiosyncratic, which is okay so long as … Continue reading

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The One True Sadness

The one true sadness is “that of not being a saint,” and how often the “moral” Christians are precisely those who never feel, never experience this sadness, because their own “experience of salvation,” the feeling of “being saved” fills them … Continue reading

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Lord’s Day October 21, 2012

The Poet’s Craft. A Steady Place to Stand. History and Myth. Why Ayn Rand’s fiction sucks.

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Demonology Lives

According to some modern interpreters of Christianity, “demonology” belongs to an antiquated worldview and cannot be taken seriously by the man who “uses electricity.” We cannot argue with them here. What we must affirm, what the Church has always affirmed, … Continue reading

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Lizard brains

At its most fundamental level, same-sex marriage is not about what we think about homosexuality. It is about what we think about marriage. (Maggie Gallagher) I listened Friday evening to Jonathan Rausch’s and David Blankenhorn’s discussion on The Future of Marriage, facilitated … Continue reading

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Stay off the Roof

Rachel Held Evans committed the kind of painfully protracted performance art that happens when Evangelicalism has utterly lost its sense – of decorum and of how to read scripture – and its publishing houses have become a commercial racket: Intrigued by the … Continue reading

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Modern Ironies

Two of the ironies of our era: Newspapers unmistakably designed for people who can’t or don’t want to read. Churches unmistakably designed for people who can’t or don’t want to worship. (H/T Terry Mattingly in a talk from several years ago.) … Continue reading

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Defending Marriage

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held part of D.O.M.A. unconstitutional yesterday. I continue to consider traditional marriage, limited to one man and one woman (yes, I know there is polygamy in Judeo-Christian history), rational and constitutional,

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

21 questions the candidates should have been asked. Billy and Mitt. Time travel and Gnostic heresy. In defense of dogma.

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