Sunday 5/3/15

  1. No, really, you need to know more
  2. A deliberate provocation?
  3. Once more: where’s the glue?
  4. Standing advice tweak announcement
  5. Signal/Noise at The Daily Signal


Matthew Milliner avers that “all I really need to know about Christian life I learned in the evangelical culture that I so desperately tried to escape.” It’s a remarkably short list. Maybe he was just giving a few handy illustrations.

  • Had I been the only person on earth, Jesus would have died just for me.
  • Souls in heaven will be thanked for their service on earth.
  • Jesus is kind of like a professional wrestler or body builder.
  • Jesus built a bridge to sinful humanity.
  • I learned to make my heart Christ’s home.

Dare I suggest a few Nicene omissions?

  • The Holy Spirit
  • One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church
  • Baptism for the remission of sins

And then of course, the one that didn’t make it into the Creed (because nobody was brazen enough to deny it until the likes of Zwingli): “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.”


I have written earlier about Hands on Originals, the Lexington, Kentucky printer of custom T-Shirts and such that declined to print wearables for a gay pride event. They (of course) got dragged before a human relations commission, that duly found them evil and legally ill-informed and assessed some kind of penalty. A trial judge saw through it, in just about every way starting with “HOO’s declination to print the shirts was based upon the message of GLSO and the Pride Festival and not on the sexual orientation of its representatives or members” to “the Commission cannot take this action consistent with the U.S. Constitution.”

Only later did I see the company’s website. Take a look. Do you think maybe some gay jackboots were deliberately picking a fight?


Regarding the Battle of Indianapolis, Thomas Storck notes that

the entire controversy highlights what happens when a society connected by political bonds begins to come apart with regard to its moral and cultural bonds.

He then proceeds to read to his fellow American Catholics the last half of the Law of Merited Impossibility for what he understandably sees as their compromises with the alien culture (Protestant) in which they’ve lived and prospered.

But the block quote is another variation of a question that’s vexed me for decades.


My standing advice, linked to every blog, has been changed now to add “The designation of the religious and the political is itself a political act.” That is not an adequate summary of The Myth of Religious Violence, which I’ve now finished, but along with that myth having helped migrate our deepest loyalties from Church to state, it’s one of the top five.

I’ve also deleted one, of which Cavanaugh’s is a better, more comprehensive, summary.


I subscribed to the RSS feed of The Daily Signal, but I’m finding the signal-to-noise ratio awfully low.

In a digital age, by the way, will “signal-to-noise ratio” endure?

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“In learning as in traveling and, of course, in lovemaking, all the charm lies in not coming too quickly to the point, but in meandering around for a while.” (Eva Brann)

Some succinct standing advice on recurring themes.

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