Category Religion

Trinity and History

The development of Trinitarian dogma is an odd history that I won’t attempt to recreate, but the interest of the Church over the first few centuries was things like: to maintain the Apostolic teaching that Jesus of Nazareth was “true God and true man” in the fullest sense of both terms. to maintain the form […]

A Pessimist’s Guide

I have been predicting the general collapse of the church in America. Tribal affiliation as a Christian or Catholic will become more costly and the faith will become more incomprehensible to people than it already is. As a society we have lost the ability to grasp the unstated assumptions of faith, for example, that some […]

Hurrah for my tribe

Rod Dreher has been rehashing his conversion to Orthodoxy after his disillusionment with the Catholic Church, suggesting that his motive for becoming Catholic was based on a desire to be on the intellectually superior side, and to be associated with such great men as John Paul II, maybe (he suggests) because he was searching for […]

The Most Irritating Homily of the Year (Rant)

Today’s Gospel (27th Sunday in Ordinary Time) is Mt 18:15-20 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. 16But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that […]

Personal Jesus

I don’t know the history of the song but Depeche Mode’s Personal Jesus sounds like a parody of TV evangelism. To me, it also describes the basic flaw of so much of contemporary Christianity. As I pointed out in a previous post, there is no being a Christian without being a “churchian”. We treat the […]

Repost: How not to read the Bible

After perusing an argument on another blog in which some autistic guys were arguing that the Bible nowhere condemns fornication, porn, or polygamy (except when it does) so those acts are A-OK, I decided I should dust off this old post.    Whatever the Reformers were trying to accomplish with the doctrine of Sola Scriptura, […]

churchian

“Churchian” is an insult that gets thrown around quite a bit in certain corners of the internet. It implies someone is not a “Christian” i.e. a follower of Christ, but a poor parody of one, a mere follower of the church. It is parallel to the slur of “cuckservative”, a conservative who has unconsciously internalized […]