Monthly Archives: October 2015

The Death of Academic Theology

In my last post I lampooned a complaint lodged by academic theologians against the New York Times for daring – daring! – to let an uncredentialed layman comment on Church politics. Blogging about the controversy today, Rod Dreher decided to point out the sorry state of Catholic Theology in American universities. It is well worth a […]

On the Exalted Self-Opinions of Theologians

I don’t like commenting on inter-Catholic debates. Much of the wrangling over the direction of the church strikes me as being a result of an overemphasis on papal infallibility, which is much less of a big deal in papal teaching than most Catholics make it out to be. But now a bunch of Catholic theologians have their panties […]

October in New England.

Above is the parking lot at work. Below is from an afternoon stroll in my home town. I’m a lucky guy.

What is a religious minority?

Right now the Catholic Church is holding an Synod on the Family. I’ve not followed the event, but some people are suspicious that the German Bishops are going to try and get some church teachings about divorce and remarriage changed, because apparently the Gospel is outdated or something. I don’t know if the story is […]

The Future Christian Ghetto?

If I desire to live a fully human, fully Christian life, what must I do? How am I to interact with a contemporary world which, despite some good attributes, is in many ways dehumanizing and anti-Christian? The question is simple, coming up with an answer is quite difficult. Here are a couple of ideas I came […]

Making sense of Jesus.

The main theme of Jesus’ preaching is the Kingdom of God, or the Kingdom of Heaven, but the Kingdom is notoriously hard for us moderns to define, so we usually skip over that part. I once got involved with an organisation that talked quite a bit about the Kingdom of God, and used it as […]

Can one be fully human in suburbia?

I have only a passing familiarity with the work of Alasdair MacIntyre, but one of his concepts, the collapse of a common vision of ethics and its effects on modern culture, was very important to me. Today I ran across this challenging quote, from an article on MacIntyre by Stanley Hauerwas, which in a way relates […]