Nostradamus was full of it.

It is hard to predict contingent historical events, because there is so much we can’t know, and a few things we might be able to know but don’t really want to admit. The first way to make a prediction is to project trends into the future. If phenomena ‘X’ is on an upward curve, then we […]

A newly translated lecture by Joseph Ratzinger from 1958 has been published at Homiletic and Pastoral Review, dealing with the pastoral problems of running a church where the majority of members are not in fact believers, or who have only a tenuous faith. It is surprisingly timely. Despite the charge often leveled against Ratzinger that […]

Who did it better? Cindy Williams and Penny Marshall:   Or Mike Myers and Dana Carvey? Hard call. I had a crush on Cindy Williams (Shirley) as a little boy, but Garth is pretty cute too. Meanwhile, did you know that Lenny and Squiggy had a band? They were awful. At 3:38 take a good look […]

Last night I was thinking about the death penalty: I am generally opposed to it in the United States of the 21st century but perhaps there are times and places where the state must have recourse to it. Some people argue against the death penalty by appealing to Christian morality: we should forgive our enemies, turn the other cheek, […]

This is an old post about the failures of Progressive Christianity. It is still relevant now that we see the Religious Right determined to follow down the same path.  I link to parts two and three below. There used to be a lively Christian Left in America which while not quite yet extinct is teetering on […]

Russell Moore: A religious right activist group from Washington placed fliers in our church’s vestibule, outlining the Christian position on issues. Even as a teenager, I could recognize that the issues just happened to be the same as the talking points of the Republican National Committee. With many of these issues, there did seem to be […]

I can't help but think that this "reasonable" litigators' Christianity is why our faith is so intellectually poor, so resentful and angry. — Kevin D. Williamson (@KevinNR) January 30, 2017 This tweet came after Kevin Williamson (whom people mistake for an atheist but who is actually a convert to Catholicism) pointed out that no, there is […]